Articles tagged with : gate review

6 quick fixes that will improve your company’s win rate

We’re frequently asked how to improve a company’s overall win rate, and I outlined these in the article I wrote in my January 2012 column “How to Raise Your Win Rate by 20 percent” using our seven-factor model. Since then, we’ve been surveying companies to see how well they perform in these seven factors and to identify areas where companies can make immediate improvements. In this article, I’ll share some of the survey results and show you immediate actions you can take to help raise your company’s overall win rate. In February and March 2012, we conducted two surveys – one with the Association of Proposal Management Professionals and the other with the Deltek GovCon team. The surveys asked proposal managers, capture managers, and business development professionals to rate how well their companies performed in each of the seven factors. We used 28 questions in the survey to measure performance...

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7 Proven factors to raise your company’s win rate (survey results)

These survey results (7 Proven Factors to Raise You Company's Win Rate (Survey Results) March 2012-Lohfeld Consulting Group) show how proposal managers from 36 companies rated their individual company’s performance in the 28 factors that we use to predict a company’s overall win rate.  You can see from the survey that there is room for improvement in all of the areas surveyed. Areas where most companies need immediate improvement are: Capture and Proposal Training – this training is only provided by 52% of the companies surveyed. Every company should have a career development training program and make capture and proposal training available to appropriate employees. Business Acquisition Process – only 54% of the companies surveyed have documented their business acquisition processes. If you are going to have a defined, repeatable, and managed process, the first step is to document the process. Process Management – only one company in three reviews...

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From Gate Review to War Council: Strategic Advance

Brooke Crouter provides advice for building information from one review to the next to develop a complete picture of an opportunity

A war council is held to decide on a course of action when matters of great importance must be decided, consensus must be reached, or when a leader is unsure of his position. In capture and proposal efforts, teams battle to gain insight into opportunities. Gate reviews should be treated as war councils that examine critical decisions and build information from one review to the next to develop a complete picture of the opportunity. Many teams do not achieve this level of discussion, nor do they thoroughly examine what they do and don’t know, where and how to gather needed information, and how to advance their strategic goals. Teams fail to engage senior management in key discussions that could change the game. Brooke Crouter explores how to build compelling gate reviews, when to hold them, and how to generate strategic discussions. She explores material that should be presented and discusses...

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