Your contract ends soon, and your customer will issue a new RFP.
Who’s worried? Over time the scope has increased, and the contract is now a significant element of the customer’s business model. You’ve performed successfully for years, avoiding or quickly resolving problems, receiving frequent praise. Your award fees have consistently been high. This proves the customer loves you, right? It’s a sure bet you’ll win the contract recompete. Unfortunately, many incumbents learn—the hard way—never to bet on a sure thing. In fact by some estimates, most incumbents lose their recompetes. Somehow, their customers just lost that loving feeling.
Make sure this doesn’t happen to you.
Why Your Customer Would Love A Third Party Assessment (And You Should Too!)
One of the best ways to do this is through a Government Third-Party Assessment (TPA). This survey provides a neutral venue for your customer to express opinions he might not otherwise share with you—because he doesn’t like confrontations, or it’s not directly relevant to your work, or he simply doesn’t think to raise the issue.
A Third Party Assessment (TPA) can identify problems you’re unaware of, or thought were resolved. It can provide insights into what the customer wishes you would do, but has never said so. And it might even show that your customer really does love you, but the other guy down the hall has a problem with you and he’s telling everyone but you. Such revelations can significantly improve your odds in the recompete by helping you:
- Improve performance
- Improve communications
- Extend your reach
- Generate ideas for innovations
- Counteract your competitors’ messages
- Mitigate trends that push for change.
A Third Party Assessment helps you proactively address your customer’s concerns. He will see you actively engaged in ensuring his satisfaction. He will recognize this investment of time, money and effort as evidence of your commitment to him, and he’ll love you for it.
This effort, and the improvements you make as a result, can cement your reputation as the “go to” company for responsive customer service. That reputation is crucial before a recompete, as your competitors seek to exploit your real or perceived weaknesses and break up your relationship.
So when is the best time to schedule a Third Party Assessment?
At a minimum, play this card early in the penultimate contract year, allowing yourself time to correct problems, implement those great new ideas, and ensure your efforts are well received. Even better, hedge your bet by making a TPA a regular part of your contract schedule, beginning a few months after award and recurring annually.
Stack the deck up front by including it as a discriminator in your proposal, demonstrating a responsive management approach that ensures superior performance from the start. This key strategy is essential on performance-based contracts with management metrics emphasizing customer communications and continuous process improvements.
Increase your odds of winning the sure bet. 90% of our Third Party Assessment customers won their crucial recompetes, and their customers really do love them. After all, excellent communications, and striving to please, are keys to any loving relationship.