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Q&A Part 1 from 7 secrets from inside government source evaluations and how you can use them to create winning proposals

Lohfeld Business Winning Webinar Q&A

Do you know how the government really evaluates proposals? Have you ever wondered what they look for when they read through each offer and what they like and dislike when scoring proposals? Not knowing this makes submitting a proposal to the U.S. Government like firing a shot across their bow. What happens on the “other side” is a mystery to most contractors, and debriefs often don’t tell the whole story. Or, even half the story! This is because those who prepare proposals and those who evaluate them have vastly different perspectives. In this webinar, we release the results of our 3-year research project on how the government evaluates proposals and what capture and proposal managers need to know in order to create better, higher-scoring proposals and win more highly competitive bids. Watch the webinar replay to hear Wendy Frieman, Lohfeld Principal Consultant, provide lessons from the “other side of the … Continue reading Q&A Part 1 from 7 secrets from inside government source evaluations and how you can use them to create winning proposals

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Is price reasonableness really unreasonable?

Washington Technology Article

With so many IT and professional services contracts being awarded to the lowest priced offeror, you have to wonder if the government is worried about awarding contracts to firms whose prices are unreasonably low. As it turns out, in many procurements the government does not look for unreasonably low prices, and in some instances, is prohibited from doing so. In these procurements, low price has no floor. The rules for examining price reasonableness and cost realism are complex and generally not well understood by capture and proposal professionals, so I thought I would point out some of the more interesting aspects of these rules about how low you can go… Download and read Bob’s latest article. Email your comments to me at This article was originally published December 15, 2014 in    

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The end of the incumbent empire – 10 ways to unseat the incumbent

Lohfeld Business Winning Webinar

In the past several years, incumbents have lost their advantage in the Federal Government market. Industry studies show that incumbent contractors now have approximately the same win rate on rebids as non-incumbents. Rapid technological change, as well as fiscal constraints, mean that customers are more willing to consider alternatives. Still, winning a bid against an incumbent contractor is a challenge because best informed wins, and the incumbent is still the best informed. In this webinar, Lisa Pafe, CPP APMP and Lohfeld Consulting Group Principal Consultant, provides 10 proven best practices to create a competitive edge over the incumbent in today’s changing environment. Click to watch the webinar replay and download the presentation and research brief. (Look for Part 2 of The End of the Incumbent Empire: Remaining as Incumbent in the next couple of months.) Your speaker: Lisa Pafe, CPP APMP, Principal Consultant with Lohfeld Consulting Group Lisa Pafe brings 25 years’ … Continue reading The end of the incumbent empire – 10 ways to unseat the incumbent

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An agile retrospective

Looking back at the past and into the future makes me think of the Proposal Postmortem. Performing a critical Lessons Learned review of what worked well and what can be improved is an important best practice in the lifecycle of a proposal. Do we always have at least one? How much attention do we give it before rushing off to the next proposal? Agile approaches like Scrum and Kanban employ a similar best practice called the Agile Retrospective. Its purpose is the same as a Proposal Postmortem—to capture Lessons Learned and improve processes and outcomes on future sprints (or proposal efforts). What can we learn from our counterparts in the software engineering field? What new perspectives can we adopt from the agile principles? After all, we are all developing a product—theirs is software, and ours is the proposal. Let’s explore this a bit… Retrospective (from Latin retrospectare, “look back”) refers … Continue reading An agile retrospective

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