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Now is the perfect time to do an opportunity pipeline review

Is your opportunity still coming…but the capture team is working from home?

As Industry increasingly invests in working virtually, this is the perfect time to perform an in-depth review of your opportunity pipeline. Companies use a variety of tools to manage their pipelines (SalesForce, Microsoft CRM, Excel, etc.). These tools facilitate developing “just in time” reports or snapshots of any part of the pipeline; you can showcase these portions of the pipeline in your virtual meetings and update them in real time. Before using one of these tools, it is important to prepare. Start by reviewing how your opportunity pursuits become part of your pipeline. Identifying in which “quadrant” of pursuit they fit is the first step. This helps the team understand the challenges that lie ahead in the pursuit: Once the quadrant is identified, the details of pipeline development and population can be addressed: Assess your capture status: Schedule meetings with your capture managers and market leadership to examine the capture … Continue reading Now is the perfect time to do an opportunity pipeline review

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Using mind maps for proposal management activities

Visually generate, organize, structure, analyze, and classify ideas or information

I teach a proposal management class and use mind map examples for some of the lesson topics. I’m often surprised to learn that many of my students are not familiar with the mind map concept. In this article, I briefly introduce mind mapping and provide a few examples of how your proposal team can use mind maps as you prepare your proposal. What is a mind map? A mind map is a diagram used to visually generate, organize, structure, analyze, and classify ideas or information. It is an effective tool to capture and analyze information generated in brainstorming sessions. It facilitates collaboration, communication, learning, visual thinking, and problem solving. Mind maps can be used for planning, making decisions, and to facilitate outlining and writing. To create a mind map, you begin with a central concept/topic and develop related subtopics or themes around the central topic, connecting each to the center … Continue reading Using mind maps for proposal management activities

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Nudging Toward Change

Can you change? Or do you need a nudge?

Reprinted with permission from APMP-NCA eZine We Want to Change Most organizations and individuals agree that they could do better. As a capture and proposal expert, I work with dozens of businesses from small to large to assess their processes; make recommendations for improvement; and train employees on how to create solutions customers value, perform better capture, and write and review proposals more effectively to increase win rates. My efforts generally result in agreement that the organization needs to change. Whether I deliver training, provide a capture readiness assessment, analyze proposal operations, review a proposal, or facilitate a solutioning session, my audience typically reacts by stating that they realize they must improve their processes (in fact, they already knew this!), they want to improve their processes, and they plan to implement change immediately. Bad Processes or Bad Habits? Yet, quite often, when I return to review work products later, these … Continue reading Nudging Toward Change

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Keys to creating winning proposals | Amtower Off Center

What are the biggest issues facing set-aside companies as they move to full and open competition?

Click here to listen to Mark’s interview On March 4, 2019, Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower interviewed Bob Lohfeld, founder and CEO of Lohfeld Consulting Group on issues regarding the bid and capture process. Topics include: Issues facing set-aside companies as they graduate to full and open competition Best informed wins Measuring your capture process Creating the best solution Defining your strengths Hosted by nationally-known speaker and consultant Mark Amtower, Amtower Off Center highlights the good, the bad, the ugly and the just plain silly of doing business in the government market. Every week experts join Mark for a lively discussion of current issues facing the government contractor community.       Bob Lohfeld, CF, APMP Fellow, serves as Chairman of Lohfeld Consulting Group.  He has more than 30 years’ experience winning contracts in the government market and is recognized consistently for leadership in business development, capture management, and winning … Continue reading Keys to creating winning proposals | Amtower Off Center

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