Articles tagged with : solution

Strength-Based Winning: Win More by Solutioning to Strengths | October 10, 2019

Class date: October 10, 2019 Winning proposals have the best and possibly the most strengths. This class sets the framework for how the Government evaluates proposals and what constitutes a strength to Government evaluators. Attendees learn how to perform strength-based capture, strength-based solutioning, and strength-focused proposal reviews as well as write proposal text that highlights those strengths. Registration: Click to register What you will learn: In this Strength-Based Solutioning seminar, you’ll learn how to: How the government evaluates proposals and determines strengths, weaknesses, deficiencies and risks How to plan and manage effective strength-based solutioning sessions How to budget and map strengths for higher scores How to write proposal text featuring strengths that are supported by proof points How to conduct strengths-based proposal reviews and score your proposal like a Government evaluator How to use results to efficiently increase proposal evaluation scores. Who should attend? This class is designed for business...

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Pounded by Pricing

Step up and get engaged

Dear Proposal Doctor, Please help. I am mid-way through a large and important government bid. The two or three people who have all the knowledge we need to document the solution are in pricing meetings that go on for hours, and by the time they start working on the non-price aspects of the proposal, they are exhausted and not productive. I’m worried that we are going to miss interim deadlines and have to rush through our reviews and document production cycles. I don’t know what to do because the pricing activity is like a "black box" to those of us who are not involved. How can I change the priorities of these key people? Pounded by Pricing Dear Pounded, Actually, it might be your priorities that need to change. Although proposal managers have often steered clear of pricing, it is an essential element of the proposal and one that is...

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5 Passing Grades You Need to Lead the Pack

Preview solutions with government stakeholders to validate assumptions and build advocacy for your offering.

Ever wonder why some companies appear to be the odds-on favorite to win a contract? A well-orchestrated, pre-request for proposals ritual goes on long before a procurement is released for bid. Company business development, technical and management professionals step up the frequency of visits to their customers to better understand customer objectives and to perfect their company’s solution. Those professionals also preview their solutions with government stakeholders to validate assumptions and build advocacy for their company’s offering. Their focus is simple: ensuring their proposed solution meets or exceeds government requirements and resonates with the customer. Those industry professionals work to shape the agency’s procurement strategy, ensuring it is favorable to their firm and the solutions they will propose. Offering insights on procurement strategy; choice of contract vehicles; RFP instructions, evaluation factors, subfactors, and criteria; contract terms and conditions; and pricing approaches are the norm. Discussion topics in some procurements, such...

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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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