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No metrics? No proposal win!

There is a third element in the winning equation: metrics.

Features tell, and benefits sell. However, the solution features and benefits alone are insufficient. There is a third element in the winning equation: metrics. To win in the federal market, bidders need features, benefits, and proof points. When features with proven benefits exceed requirements and/or significantly reduce risk in a manner the customer values, the bidder earns a Strength or Significant Strength. Quite often, what prevents the bidder from achieving a Strength and ultimately winning is lack of metrics. A proposal without metrics falls flat Submitting a proposal without metrics is like trying to achieve results without any objectives. Similar to the old saying, what gets measured, gets done, in proposals, quantitative facts back up the merits of the solution. Too many bidders rely on vague statements, unsubstantiated bragging, and claims without merit. Question every feature with a proven benefit by asking: How so? So what? By how much? Within … Continue reading No metrics? No proposal win!

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Does the latest CIO-SP4 amendments create inequities?

NITAAC’s sudden shift might put small businesses without large partners at a disadvantage

This article was originally published June 28, 2021 on The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC)’s highly anticipated Chief Information Officer – Solutions and Partners 4 (CIO-SP4) RFP, released June 25, has already seen four amendments and a proposal due date extension to July 8. But the latest amendment, #4, has caught some bidders, especially small businesses, off-guard. A Change to Self-Scoring In the original solicitation, bidders with Contractor Teaming Arrangements (CTAs) or Joint Ventures (JVs) could use only prime contractor Corporate Experience, Leading Edge Technology, Federal Multiple Award contracts, and Executive Order 13779 experience examples as documented on the self-scoring worksheet. With the exception of the latter, the higher the dollar value of these experiences, the better the score. In Amendment #4, NITAAC removed the prohibition on using first-tier subcontractor experience examples. The rationale for the change is that “it is not NITAACs intent … Continue reading Does the latest CIO-SP4 amendments create inequities?

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On-demand webinar | How to prepare for the APMP Practitioner Objective Test Examinations (OTEs)

Lohfeld Business Winning Webinar

Proposal and Capture professionals wonder which APMP Practitioner exam is best for them—Proposal Practitioner or Capture Practitioner. The Objective Test Exam (OTE) format used for these exams is very challenging, and potential exam takers need strategies to prepare. Join Lisa Pafe and Beth Wingate as we help you get ready for the APMP Practitioner exams. We talk about the: APMP Practitioner certification program Differences between the two Practitioner exams Philosophy behind Objective Test Exams—and what they’re really testing you on. We delve into details about the two exams—structure, syllabus, format, and some really important logistics, and we review testing taking tips! Who should watch: Proposal and Capture professionals interested in achieving Practitioner certification Click to watch the webinar and download the presentation Presenter: Lisa Pafe, Vice President, Lohfeld Consulting Group Lisa Pafe, CPP APMP Fellow and PMP, is Vice President of Lohfeld Consulting Group, a premier business development, capture, and proposal … Continue reading On-demand webinar | How to prepare for the APMP Practitioner Objective Test Examinations (OTEs)

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APMP Certification: A selfish and selfless act

Are you considering APMP certification? Perhaps you’re already certified at the Foundation level but are wondering if you should pursue Practitioner or even Professional accreditation. Capture and proposal professionals often ponder whether certification benefits them as well as those around them. Research shows that getting certified benefits you (selfish reasons) as well as your colleagues (selfless considerations). Here are the reasons why. Five selfish reasons First and foremost, take care of yourself. Certification benefits you as follows: Get hired faster. Employment studies demonstrate that job applicants with certifications are more attractive to recruiters and employers, and thus are likely to more quickly succeed in getting a job offer. Certification is a great way to differentiate yourself from competing applicants, whether you’re applying as an employee or 1099 consultant. Advance more quickly. Research also shows that certified employees advance quickly within their companies, earning promotions at a more rapid pace in … Continue reading APMP Certification: A selfish and selfless act

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