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Staffing Rationale

How the number, type, and mix of personnel you propose offers the best value to the customer

How many staff members does it take to turn a widget running at 1,000 miles an hour? A staffing rationale explains how the number, type, and mix of personnel you propose offers the best value to the customer. A convincing staffing rationale improves your proposal score and mitigates the risk that the customer will find a weakness in your staffing approach or the basis of estimate (BOE) used to develop the price. A good staffing rationale can improve your proposal score by explaining how the number, type, and mix of personnel you propose increases productivity, decreases operations costs, eliminates skill gaps, supports work surges, and improves the customer experience using quantitative and/or qualitative data to support the estimate. To explain how many widget turners you need, you can use several complementary estimation methods: Historic data points. Using historic data, you draw analogies between the work you have completed and the … Continue reading Staffing Rationale

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Use a wall of truth to standardize your writing and save time

Reduce compliance, requirements, and legal issues

Do you want to improve the quality and consistency of a proposal? If so, consider adopting a “Wall of Truth” document. A Wall of Truth spells out a standard set of rules for brand and word usage, grammar, spelling, and document formatting. If everyone is trained in the use of the Wall of Truth rules, you can reduce compliance, requirements, and legal issues; decrease production costs, and improve consistency. Proposal managers must update the Wall of Truth to reflect each new RFP’s instructions and terminology. If proposals managers place it in the draft proposal and limit it to 1-2 pages in length, they can facilitate its usage by writers and editors. Get your Wall of Truth started using the following sample. By Brenda Crist, Vice President at Lohfeld Consulting Group, MPA, CPP APMP Fellow Lohfeld Consulting Group has proven results specializing in helping companies create winning captures and proposals. As the … Continue reading Use a wall of truth to standardize your writing and save time

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Turn that losing streak around now (or avoid a losing streak in the first place!)

Our 10 tips to help you

Nothing is more frustrating than a string of losing proposals. It demoralizes the bid and proposal (B&P) team, wastes B&P funds, and results in operations personnel losing their jobs. Despite observing some impressive losing streaks, Lohfeld Consulting Group has seen many companies turn losing streaks around. We consolidated some of our observations into the following 10 tips to help you turn around (or avoid!) a losing streak. Tip #1: Reflect Conduct lessons-learned reviews to evaluate your proposals’ strengths, weaknesses, and costs. Analyze the customers’ debriefs to assess your scores against all evaluated criteria. Contract with an unbiased third-party to assess your proposals and recommend improvements. Tip #2: Formulate your game plan Create a step-by-step plan and schedule for converting your lessons learned into actionable tasks. Implement milestone reviews and metrics to measure and assess your progress. Tip #3: Re-evaluate your pipeline Evaluate your business pipeline to verify you are bidding … Continue reading Turn that losing streak around now (or avoid a losing streak in the first place!)

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On-line training for 2021’s unique challenges

As we enter 2021 with some light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, training is more important than ever.

Last year when I wrote that federal contractors should prepare for the challenges of 2020 with training, I didn’t envision the types of challenges we have faced this year and will continue to face in 2021. However, I did get it right when I quoted Harvard Business Review that “The future of learning is three ‘justs’: just enough, just-in-time, and just-for-me. It means that training is going to have to be just as agile as the workforce—where speed, flexibility, and innovation are key.” Lohfeld Consulting Group’s training program continues to reflect the three “justs.” As we enter 2021 with some light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, training is more important than ever. Just enough: When we reinvented our in-person training to convert it to on-line virtual content, we recognized that an all-day 8-hour class was not going to work. Students best receive and absorb on-line content in smaller chunks. We converted … Continue reading On-line training for 2021’s unique challenges

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