Articles tagged with : government proposal

Win rates double with seven quality measures

Lohfeld Consulting Group Research Report

Lohfeld Consulting Group’s seven quality measures more than double proposal win rates. This is a bold statement, but we proved it by applying our proposal review methodology on 23 bids for 6 customers. Using our quality measures as the basis for color team review and recovery, we helped government contractors achieve positive results that they can now adopt to compete more effectively in a highly competitive marketplace. The Problem Color team reviews have a major bearing on proposal quality. An effective review means the difference between a merely Acceptable proposal and an Outstanding bid that results in a win. However, proposal reviews are quite often disorganized and highly ineffective. Reviewers pay little attention to the factors that matter most to evaluators and instead provide qualitative feedback that the proposal team finds difficult to implement during the recovery stage. Because the review process lacks a structured framework, proposal recovery is equally...

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Doing More with Less…And Winning More – Lohfeld BD Webinar Series

The typical company spends on average 10% of their revenue target on Bids and Proposals (B&P). Risks that increase the B&P budget include poor bid decisions, an immature solution, insufficient training and tools, large review teams producing comments that are not actionable, and lack of executive support. With constrained budgets and increased competition for smaller work share, contractors cannot afford to waste B&P dollars. Lohfeld Consulting Group’s Principal Consultants Brenda Crist, CPF APMP, and Lisa Pafe, CPP APMP, presented an interactive webinar on November 20 to 157 participants to highlight how to increase productivity and win rates. Download Doing More with Less…And Winning More. About the Presenters: Brenda Crist is a Managing Director at Lohfeld Consulting Group, a past President of the APMP NCA Chapter, and APMP Fellow. She holds Professional-level Accreditation, coordinated the 2012 Accreditation Survey, and has Master’s Degree in Public Administration from American University. Lisa Pafe, PMP,...

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2014 realities force companies to change tactics

Sticking to the old ways may spell your demise

This article was originally published September 20, 2013 in WashingtonTechnology.com. By Bob Lohfeld There is no doubt that going into fiscal 2014, the market will be different. Sequestration and continuing resolutions will take their toll on the federal budget, resulting in fewer procurements. The net result is that competition for the remaining government dollars will be stiffer as companies battle for market share. Companies that don’t change their tactics to compete in the new budget-constrained government market will give way to others who are adapting to these new challenges. As part of our webinar series on Winning Business in the Government Market, we polled over 300 companies to see what they were doing to raise their competitiveness in the coming year and found some interesting results. Here’s what we learned. How good is your capture process? The centerpiece of a company’s business acquisition campaign is its capture management process. As...

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Questioning the questions? Ask the Proposal Doctor

Dear Proposal Doctor, The battle over which questions to send to the government customer on a long and not-very-well-written RFP has begun. The desktop publishers want to ask about fonts. The graphics people want to ask about color and foldout pages. The solution architect wants to ask about specifications and performance metrics. The contracts people want to suggest new terms and conditions. The pricing people want to ask about….everything. Just collecting, vetting, discussing, formatting, and submitting the questions could eat up our entire response time. What is a proposal manager to do? How can we streamline this process? -Questioning the Questions Dear Questioning, You’ve touched on a subject near and dear to my heart. Yes, this could easily spiral out of control. Worse yet, you could give away important information through your questions and, worse even than that, you could get back answers that only obfuscate the situation further. It...

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