Managing and Defining ‘Scope’ – Get this right and the rest is easy

Writing a Statement of Work (SOW) is one of the most important things that a project manager will have to do, frequently it is the first deliverable that a client sees. It is crucial that your SOW tells the client a story. It starts with the “why”, then moves to the “how” and “what”, followed by the “when”, and “how much”. Everything should be cohesive with a flow so that it is easy to follow. The SOW is not just a “form” that you simply fill in the blanks.

With this in mind, Patrick will talk about how to integrate SOW data elements in a way that adds value throughout the project scope life cycle. If done properly, the SOW elements can then be used to agree dependencies, model Risk via WBS elements, and act as Work Authorization Documents (WAD), provide bottom up forecasts, and baseline scope for change comparisons.