Management Concepts

Writing Performance Work Statements

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Dec 16—18, 2019
USD 889
Jan 13—15, 2020
3 days
Tysons, Virginia, United States
USD 889
USD 296 per day
Feb 18—20, 2020
3 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 889
USD 296 per day
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About the course

Agencies need to tell contractors what to do, not how to do it. This is the guidance according to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 37, which requires agencies to maximize the use of performance-based methods when contracting. You will determine requirements by developing high-level objectives, tasks, and performance standards through this workshop. You will develop a performance work statement and quality assurance surveillance plan using the Acquisition Requirements Roadmap Tool (ARRT), and apply your learning to intensive exercises and activities.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the importance of the performance work statement and its role in the acquisition process
  • Demonstrate preparing PWS artifacts using the Acquisition Requirements Roadmap Tool
  • Develop a problem statement and determine the project vision
  • Develop and analyze requirements
  • Develop complete and clear work statements and their associated products
  • Recognize the value of an unambiguous work statement throughout the acquisition life cycle

Course Topics

Performance Work Statement

  • Importance of a Well-Written PWS
  • Relationship of the PWS to the Solicitation, Evaluation, and Contract Administration
  • Role of the Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan
  • Work Statement Development Process

Using ARRT

  • Purpose of ARRT
  • Features and Functionality of ARRT
  • Developing Work Products through ARRT

Project Vision

  • Writing a Problem Statement
  • Determining Project Vision in ARRT

Requirements Definition

  • Determining High Level Objectives and Specific Tasks for Each One
  • Determining Program Standards and AQLs
  • Determining Inspection Methods

ARRT Work Products

  • Complete and Refine the PWS and QASP using ARRT

Living with Your PWS

  • Analyze the Effectiveness of a Work Statement on the Source Selection Process and During Contract Execution

Who should attend

This course is designed for individuals and those working for companies who must write a performance work statements.

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