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Doing more with less is all about strengths

Increase productivity to achieve maximum results for time and effort expended

How to do more with less is an age-old question. The simple answer is that we must increase productivity to achieve maximum results for time and effort expended. In the proposal world, productivity means more than generating more bid activity; it means generating more wins within resource constraints. Typically, as companies in the government marketplace grow, they spend a greater percentage of money on bid and proposal (B&P) costs. This indicator makes sense, as larger companies pursue larger and more complex opportunities. Pre-RFP, the cost of maintaining an adequate pipeline, training personnel, maintaining teaming partners, researching competitors, investing in tools, pursuing capture and solutioning activities, and maintaining databases and repositories all mount. These investments may or may not pay off with wins, so they are good places to seek cost savings. Often, companies keep pouring money into capture activities and tools without also undertaking adequate gate reviews and making informed … Continue reading Doing more with less is all about strengths

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IT modernization: Another step to contract consolidation

Washington Technology article | Federal IT modernization will drive more contract consolidation. Here are the risks and opportunities you need to know.

The recently released final American Technology Council (ATC) Report to the President on Federal IT Modernization includes 50 recommendations to modernize the U.S. technology infrastructure as well as strengthen cybersecurity, consolidate networks, and accelerate cloud adoption. Download this article To fund these initiatives, the report recommends flexible funding sources and tells agencies to work with the General Services Administration (GSA) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to prioritize systems for modernization and to reallocate resources. Central to success of the plan is not only this flexible, yet undefined funding, but also consolidation of federal contracts and contract vehicles. Industry concerns Industry groups such as the Coalition for Government Procurement and the Professional Services Council have raised concerns about the rapid pace of the major lever for contract consolidation: category management. Specific concerns center on the push towards best in class preferred and best in class mandatory vehicles. In 2016, … Continue reading IT modernization: Another step to contract consolidation

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Recording available | Proposal writing and the eight-second attention span

Learn how to modernize your proposal writing to win in the digital age

Click to watch this free APMP-NCA Chapter/Lohfeld Consulting webinar Click to download the presentation Why you should attend: A 2015 Microsoft study found that digital distractions have resulted in the average person having an 8-second attention span, less than a goldfish! A 2016 Harvard Business Review article stated that bad writing is the biggest productivity buster. Yet, we still write proposals the old-fashioned way, as if our evaluators have unlimited time and focus. This webinar will discuss how to modernize our proposal writing to win in the digital age, using persuasive, attention-grabbing techniques such as calls to action, exceeding expectations, and clearly relevant writing. Meet your presenter: Lisa Pafe, Vice President (VP) at Lohfeld Consulting Group, CPP APMP Fellow and PMP, has 25+ years’ capture and proposal experience. She is President of the APMP-National Capital Area (NCA) Chapter, and was VP and Speaker Series Chair for 2 years each. She … Continue reading Recording available | Proposal writing and the eight-second attention span

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Join us at the APMP Capture & Business Development Conference | Dec. 8, 2017 | McLean, VA

Join our team at the APMP Capture & Business Development Conference. This interactive and information-rich one-day conference is designed for senior-level capture, business development (BD), and proposal professionals wanting to learn how to increase business by improving relationships with each other and building strategic contacts between industry and government. Click to learn more and register Conference topics include: A Deep Dive into the Administration’s Revitalization Efforts Nailing Price-to-Win Strategies with Competitive Analysis Capture Stats: Salary Analysis, Capture Investment Benchmarking, and More Insider’s View of Capitol Hill and the Pentagon: Federal Contracts Forecast for 2018 and Recap of 2017 Taking Control of the Business Development Lifecycle Building Confidence for Capture Success Click to learn more and register All conference attendees will take home a copy of our latest book, 10 Steps to creating high scoring proposals – A modern perspective on proposal development and what really matters

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