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Scope of Work Training



Experts in contract writing agree, organizations that truly understand the importance of the Scope of Work section of a Statement of Work can get their budget estimate off to a strong start, setting up projects for success even before kick-off.

Each Scope of Work serves a unique purpose but leads to a common outcome: They give context to the project for the teams involved and expand on details that will affect the execution of the contract.

Scope of Work details usually follow the introduction and project goals section of  the larger Statement of Work, and include elements such as:

  • Explanations of the particular scope’s purpose
  • Divisions of responsibilities between contractor and owner
  • Expected project quality and methods of execution
  • Project, reporting and payment schedules
  • Contract-specific additional duties and evaluations

The importance of a Scope of Work can’t be underestimated as it is a final document shared between both parties before the start of any future project.

Consequently, the agreement of both parties as specified on a Scope of Work document is vital in ensuring the smooth completion of projects.

Another important reason to write an effective scope of work document is that it acts as a hedge against miscommunication. A Scope of Work potentially clears up any residual confusions of clients and team members.

A well written Scope of Work helps each team member know what his role is exactly and what he needs to prepare about beforehand.

This saves an organization time and money.

And yet another key benefit of a Scope of Work is that it sets the expectations of clients. By defining what possible outcomes of the service you provide, the client is witnessing a reality check and being prepared for what might come his way. This takes the liability off your organization and improves transparency.

Additionally, a professional, effective Scope of Work also serves as an excellent reference for an organization in terms of future projects. A poorly written Scope of Work can leave people and their organizations appearing unprofessional even when the fault is not theirs.

Scope of Work Training Workshop​

Scope of Work Training Workshop​ provides the participants with key concepts, approaches, tools and configuration of the Scope of Work. ​

​A well-written scope of work sets the expectations for the project, including the responsibilities, milestones, and technical details required to complete the job.​​

Scope of work defines the project scope—what tasks the project team is expected to accomplish and, just as importantly, what is not part of the project.  ​

Writing an effective Scope of work is essential to achieving best value. Not only will you practice writing each part of the SOW through a hands-on workshop, but you will also examine a Scope of work from a contractor’s perspective. ​

You will learn best practices, analyze case studies, and recognize the impact your work has on cost, schedule, and quality. You will leave equipped with the ability to write a Scope of work that reflects actual requirements, elicits competitive proposals, and guides contractor performance.​

Who Should Attend

  • Program managers
  • Project analysts
  • Project coordinators
  • Project leaders
  • Project sponsors
  • Project team members
  • Senior project managers
  • System engineers
  • Team leaders

​Learning Objectives

Upon the completion of Scope of Work writing training, the attendees can:​

  • Recognize the usual mistakes of incorrect, confusing, or bad written narratives​
  • Use simple approaches and “best practice” methods that will secure high quality in their Scope of Work documents​
  • Evaluate Scope of Work for quality, clarity and unity​
  • Use data on how the courts historically understand arguments in contract language based on long-standing rules​
  • Identify the actual requirements​
  • Explain all features of the work to be performed in a way that will be comprehended​
  • Write a clear Scope of Work that will lead to responsive, competitive proposals​
  • Assess the effect of a Scope of Work on accomplishing best value across the acquisition process​

​Training Format


Workshop Agenda

Day 1: Overview of the Scope of Work​

  • Scope of Work Writing​
  • The Background​
  • Developing the Problem Statement​
  • Describing the Work and Requirements​
  • Determining the Real Requirement​
  • Generating the Narrative​
  • Decomposing the Work/WBS (Work Breakdown Structure)​
  • Determining Deliverables​
  • Timeline​
  • Milestones​
  • Example of a Poorly Written Scope of Work (Sample 1)​
  • Example of a Well-Developed Sample of Scope of Work (Sample 2)​

Day 2: Developing A Scope of Work from Scratch

  • Customizing a Scope of Work Template for a new product or project from existing templates.​
  • Developing a Scope of Work for a creative NASA Project: Design and build a space shuttle carrying human to the Mars
  • Group Discussions: Lessons learned, and Best Practices.​


Scope of Work Training Workshop

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