Reprinted with permission from APMP-NCA eZine. Assessing the quality of a capture effort is a difficult task. Any assessment is simply a snapshot in time; your capture could get better… or it could get worse. A capture readiness assessment should look at the snapshot, but also look at trends. Using Lohfeld Consulting Group’s 12 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), you can analyze where your capture effort is today, identify areas for improvement, and then chart whether your capture trends upward in readiness for the win. When to Begin? The first question is: when should you assess capture readiness? If you are the incumbent, assessing capture readiness for the recompete begins on day one of contract award. If you are the challenger, you should assess you capture one to two years prior to RFP drop. As you inch closer towards RFP drop, you should have monthly reviews to determine progress. What are … Continue reading How Ready is Your Capture?
We talk about it in our proposals. We know it works. Agile practitioners take it seriously and are diligent about its use. What is it? It’s the idea of using lessons learned from each proposal effort to improve our approach the next time. In the Agile Scrum world, they call it a Retrospective. APMP best practices suggest that conducting a lessons-learned review on each major bid opportunity is a critical best practice. APMP suggests that after a proposal is submitted, the proposal team meets to discuss: What went right? What went wrong? What deficiencies can we correct in processes or approach, and what winning processes/methods should we repeat on future opportunities? Lessons learned should be well documented and stored for others to access and reference on future opportunities. I suggest that rather than wait until the proposal is submitted, we have our proposal teams capture lessons learned across the proposal lifecycle. … Continue reading Applying an Agile Tool to Make Your Proposal Processes Better
Bloomberg Government has released a list of the 20 leading contracting opportunities for the fiscal year that begins October 1. The report covers contracts worth a total of about $130.9 billion for which a final request for proposal is likely by the close of fiscal 2019. –Click Here for the Fiscal 2019 Top 20 Opportunities Slides– BGOV analyst Daniel Snyder, BGOV account manager Courtney O’Connell, and featured guest Bob Lohfeld, chairman of the board of Lohfeld Consulting Group, discussed the opportunities in a webinar on September 25, 2018. Highlights of the report and webinar: In fiscal 2019, there are 13 contracts totaling $74.8 billion for information technology and seven programs totaling $26.7 billion for professional services. There are 15 opportunities with civilian agencies in fiscal 2019, which is a significant shift from the eight civilian and 12 defense opportunities, that were featured last year in the fiscal 2018 top 20 … Continue reading Fiscal 2019 Top 20 Contracting Opportunities: BGOV Report
I recently had the privilege of sitting down with Stacey Coolican, CEO of Coolican Consulting, to talk about the topics Bob Lohfeld and I wrote about in our book, 10 steps to creating high-scoring proposals. As a former Senior Contracting Officer with an unlimited warrant and over 20 years’ DoD experience including supporting Acquisition Category I (ACAT I) major weapons system programs, Stacey offers tremendous practical experience with accompanying insights that add another perspective to the suggestions Bob and I share in the book (excerpts below). Bob Lohfeld and I developed the 10 steps to creating high-scoring proposals presentation and book to share our modern perspective on proposal management and what matters within the proposal process. We walk through the source selection decision-making process and what the government evaluators and the final decision-maker look for as they review your proposals. We cover our Strength-Based Solutioning™ process and the difference between features and benefits—and how to … Continue reading 10 Steps to creating high-scoring proposals