Elements of Scope of Work
Project Background: This is a brief description of the organization, and the project objectives. The project purpose, and motives for the development of the precise scope of work, is explained. This portion provides a brief rationale for the scope of work, and the goals expected to be achieved. This assists the vendor to understand the company, and the kind of tasks being undertaken. This section is not very extensive, but the important details are to be included to ensure a clear definition of the objectives.
Deliverables: Deliverables, including their technical specifications in adequate detail, are provided to ensure their provision according to the precise project requirement. A change in program may require the design of application, or a brief description of the effort needed for the development of software. The level of details depends upon the project's complexity. The scope of work clarifies what is required, and the environment under which the project is functioning. The policies of the organization, and the effect on objectives by achieving the scope of work, are explained. The methodology to be applied for responding to the requirements is explained. The vendor is allowed some flexibility in the preparation of project solution. For example, a scope of work concerning the manufacture of doors will include the kind of doors, hardware to be provided by the contractor, installation arrangements, provision of transport, and other related work conditions.
Cost: The costs have to be described meticulously to avoid subsequent disagreements. Various cost models are used to describe the cost, including fixed cost, time and material, or cost reimbursable. This includes the plan for payments for the work completed.
Schedule: This is an important aspect of the scope of work since the objectives are influenced by the schedule. Progress, or other reports required from the vendor must be included, otherwise he may not be bound to provide, if required.