Writing the Statement of Work (SOW)

COURSE OUTLINE:

Description

A statement of work (SOW) is an important component of the project charter. In this short course, you'll learn about the characteristics of a SOW and how to develop and write an effective one. You'll discover how an SOW for an internal project differs from one written for a contracted project, and you will review various examples of SOWs and receive a template for developing your own SOW.

Virtual short courses do not include materials or headsets.

Audience

PMP-certified project managers, IT project managers, project coordinators,project analysts, project leaders, senior project managers, team leaders,product managers, program managers, project sponsors, and project team memberswho want to continue to develop their skills and renew their PMP certification.

Learning Objectives

  • Why the SOW is important
  • How it is used
  • How to design it
  • How to write it
  • How a contract SOW differs from a project SOW
  • How to develop your own SOW

1. Introduction

  • Definition
  • Importance

2. Planning and Preparation

  • Business Need
  • Product and Project Scope
  • Strategic Plan

3. Components

  • Deliverables
  • Tasks
  • Resources
  • Success Criteria
  • Methodologies
  • Schedules

4. Guidelines for Writing

  • Use Clear Language
  • Be Specific
  • Review Regulations, Policies, and Other Documents
  • Use Mandatory Language Properly
  • Avoid Ambiguity

5. Characteristics of a Contract SOW

  • Who Prepares It
  • What It Includes
  • How It Is Used
  • Who Reviews It

6. Using the SOW to Evaluate the Project

7. SOW Examples

8. SOW Templates