Writing Statements of Work

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.

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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


*Please Note: Course Outline is subject to change without notice. Exact course outline will be provided at time of registration.
  • 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

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