Articles tagged with : proposal process

Using Best Practices to Build Your Production Battle Plan

You can win all of these battles but still lose the war if you do not succeed on the final task—producing and delivering the bid!

Contractors fight many battles during the war to win business with the government, from capture management and solutioning to finding key personnel. You can win all of these battles but still lose the war if you do not succeed on the final task—producing and delivering the bid! Briana Coleman provides sound guidance for developing your own production battle plan, taking you through the BD life cycle and discussing how to incorporate production into each phase. Using war stories from the industry’s leading editors, desktop publishers, graphic artists, and printing companies, she discusses best practices. Briana defines production elements (it’s more than just hitting print), discusses how to budget (time and money) for production and when to start, identifies key skills of the best production staffs, and tells how to begin contingency planning. Review comprehensive production checklists to help you develop your own winning production battle plan for your next bid....

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3 Keys to Creating Winning Proposals

A defined and efficient process is essential to success.

Creating winning proposals is not the same as writing a proposal. Anyone can write a proposal for government work, given enough time and resources. However, only one bidder writes the winning proposal. The best proposals have three things in common: They are directed and written by talented people experienced at writing proposals. They follow a similar, defined process. They are designed in an environment that creates proposals efficiently. Your capture and proposal managers bring necessary skills to plan, staff, lead and control your capture campaign and develop your competitive proposal. They work as a team and understand each member's role. The capture manager leads the campaign, and the proposal manager comes in before a request for proposals is released to focus on developing the proposal. This team knows that the first step is developing a winning solution. During the capture phase and preproposal phases they work together to: Create a...

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3 Steps to Improving Your Proposals

Break the cycle of relearning key lessons each time around.

No proposal is ever perfect. Every company executive wishes he or she had just a few more days to tweak the last sections. But after the proposal goes out the door, it is time to reflect on what did or did not go well in the proposal process and what could have been done to improve the outcome. A review of lessons learned is a valuable step in improving proposal development efficiency and raising your win probability on the next bid. Surprisingly, not all companies do such reviews. Even more surprisingly, many companies that do them repeatedly make the same mistakes. The review should follow the same process after every significant proposal. The process has these three fundamental steps: 1. Gather data. Give the proposal team a few days to settle back into its normal operations before trying to collect information about the last proposal. People need time to reflect...

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