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Five Tips for Describing Complexity

Earn the best possible score for demonstrating complexity

Most requests for proposal (RFPs) ask you to define past performance in terms of relevant size, scope and complexity. The term size is easy to understand because it is numeric. Size refers to the dollar value of the contract, the number of staff, the number of users served, the number of locations served, etc. Scope is also easy to understand too. We simply compare how well the requirements in the RFP’s statement of work or align with those of our past performance reference. For example, in the case of a help desk, does the help desks deliver the same tiers of service, support the same equipment, or use the same tools and processes to perform their jobs? However, the term complexity is vague. Complexity could involve many factors including the: Involvement of many teams or stakeholders Numerous moving parts Numerous schedule dependencies Aggressive project timelines Budget / restraints Work in … Continue reading Five Tips for Describing Complexity

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Beware the dangers of groupthink

Proposal color team reviews don’t work

This article was originally published January 10, 2020 on WashingtonTechnology.com Proposal color team reviews don’t work. Why? In many cases, proposal reviewers make two critical mistakes: They read the proposal as if it was a novel, instead of scoring and rating it according to the evaluation criteria. They get tired of arguing about their comments, so they come to consensus—which really means they succumb to groupthink. These mistakes often result in a proposal that not only fails to offer a value proposition rich in discriminating strengths, in some cases it is non-compliant.  Your proposal is not a novel Internal color team reviewers often derail your win because they don’t fully understand how the government evaluates and scores the proposal. They think the proposal should tell a story, and they comment on the merits of that story. In reality, government evaluators have a scoresheet to complete based solely on evaluation factors … Continue reading Beware the dangers of groupthink

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Best-in-class vehicles are rising but agency contracts still rock

Know your tiers – why agency vehicles are still the best!

This article was originally published January 10, 2020 on WashingtonTechnology.com By now, we are all familiar with Category Management, an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) initiative to “eliminate redundancies, increase efficiency, and deliver more value and savings from the Government’s acquisition programs”. Based on government-wide spending analysis, the General Services Administration (GSA) mapped Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) reported spending to Product Service Codes (PSCs) and developed 10 procurement categories. Understanding SUM and BIC The latest OMB Memorandum (March 20, 2019) directed agencies to spend more wisely through a Spend Under Management (SUM) approach and execute plans to increase use of contract solutions designated as Best In Class (BIC). There are 41 BICs across the 10 categories of spending. SUM is the percentage of an agency’s spending that is actively managed according to Category Management principles. SUM only applies to obligated transactions that fall under an applicable business tier: … Continue reading Best-in-class vehicles are rising but agency contracts still rock

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12 Tips to get the most out of your B&P dollars

Through careful planning there are measures you can take to stretch your B&P dollars

Every time I go shopping, I try to stretch my dollars to get the best possible products for the most favorable prices. Consider using your Bid and Proposal (B&P) funds in the same way. Spend just enough money to create a winning proposal and use the leftover cash to fund new bids, improve your B&P infrastructure or enhance your team’s skills. However, maximizing your B&P is difficult due to unknown variables. Changes in the customer’s priorities and budget, moving Request Proposal (RFP) release dates, unforeseen RFP amendments, and internal workforce constraints can easily derail a B&P budget. However, through careful planning there are measures you can take to stretch your B&P dollars, including the 12 tips listed below. Identify the amount your company can comfortably spend on B&P, without impacting its competitive edge or profitability. Create mock customer score cards and debrief statements to help identify the level of effort … Continue reading 12 Tips to get the most out of your B&P dollars

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