Describing potential risks and proposed mitigations is an excellent way to show proposal evaluators you understand project complexities. In Part 1 of this blog post, I discussed six common pitfalls to demonstrating understanding and how to avoid them. An insightful risk approach identifies risks to successful project performance from the customer’s perspective, which requires that you know the customer. However, it also requires that you have experience. Based on your experience, you can describe risks you’ve encountered and how you mitigated them successfully. Here are five common pitfalls and five tips to a great risk mitigation approach that demonstrates your understanding of the customer and the contract. Pitfall #1: Your risks don’t matter Often bidders cut and paste risks from proposals for similar contracts. They give little thought to what really matters to this customer in terms of risks to successful schedule, budget, and quality performance. Tip #1: Identify risks … Continue reading Do you understand how to show you understand? (Part 2 of 2)
Proposal professionals use the term wired to refer to a request for proposal (RFP) they believe is rigged to ensure one company wins. Customers rig an RFP by using specific requirements and evaluation criteria that favor one company versus the competition. Although there are many ways to wire an RFP, here are 10 common methods: Customers select an acquisition vehicle that severely limits the competitive field Resumes are required for all or most positions, even non-management positions Resume requirements reflect obscure or hard-to-find skills, education, or certifications Evaluation criteria (usually >60%) is weighted in favor of resumes and past performance Threshold for using a past performance reference limits the competition Technical requirements are so specific only an incumbent could respond to them Customer’s objectives and technical requirements are so vague they are hard to interpret RFP asks the offeror to respond to multiple sample task orders that are specific Turnaround … Continue reading A 360 degree view of wired RFPs
Amtower Off Center host Mark Amtower interviews proposal expert Bob Lohfeld on Bob’s new book: 10 Steps to Creating High-Scoring Proposals. Click to listen to Mark’s interview. Topics include: What is a high scoring proposal? What are the “strengths” a proposal should highlight? How are source selections made? What are the principles behind high-scoring proposals? What steps can companies take to get higher score? Hosted by nationally-known speaker and consultant Mark Amtower, Amtower Off-Center highlights the good, the bad, the ugly and the just plain silly of doing business in the government market. Every week experts join Mark for a lively discussion of current issues facing the government contractor community. Bob Lohfeld, CF APMP Fellow, serves as Chairman of Lohfeld Consulting Group. He has more than 30 years’ experience winning contracts in the government market and is recognized consistently for leadership in business development, capture management, and winning proposals development. … Continue reading 10 steps to high scoring proposals | Amtower Off-Center
We hope you found this year’s conference informative and enjoyed the many educational and networking sessions. Congratulations to everyone who achieved APMP Certification at the conference! To continue your learning experience throughout the year, sign up for our Capture and Proposal Tips eBrief. It’s full of valuable information that will help you win more business—and best of all—it’s free to BD, Capture, and Proposal Professionals and to all APMP members. …And be sure to check out our new 10 steps to creating high-scoring proposals book (it’s an easy read and shares the real-world strategies we use to raise our clients’ proposal evaluation scores). Congratulations to everyone on another great conference! We can’t wait to see you next year in San Diego! Download our team’s conference presentations and handouts: Proposal manager: from good to great! (Download presentation) Lisa Pafe, CPP APMP Fellow; Liz Skarlatos Re-writing bad writing (Download presentation) Brenda Crist, … Continue reading Thanks for joining us at APMP Bid & Proposal Con 2017!