One of the most important aspects of the work of a contractor is mitigating risk. The construction business is complex with a number of parties coming together to produce a functional structure. Financial considerations and deadlines enhance the complexity of construction projects. That’s why a scope of work is such an important tool for ensuring projects meet the expectations of all parties involved and reduces the possibility of disputes.
A scope of work (SOW) is a document that outlines the expectations for the work being done, provides specific guidelines for how it will be accomplished, and gives administrative instructions for running the project. In essence, it’s the “go to” guide for your project. If you need guidance in creating a scope of work, a Miami construction lawyer from Cotney Construction Law is available to help.
Below are a few basic tips for creating an SOW. For detailed tips, you may skip ahead to part two of this series.
SOW’s should leave no room for interpretation. Overall, the SOW is meant to be the primary document governing work on a specific project. Therefore, the language describing what should happen during a project, including how it should happen and what the project should yield must be concrete.
Components of The Scope of Work
The SOW should include the following components:
- Project Overview: A basic statement that provides details about the project. It lists the business drivers for the project and administrative information.
- Project Deliverables: This is a statement that provides a list the project goals and outlines the specific products that the project is set to produce.
- Project Timeline: The schedule for which project milestones are set to occur. This timeline may be subject to change but should provide a baseline for timing on the project.
- Technical Considerations: This section should include any technical requirements that guide the project.
- Administrative Considerations: Items including meetings and conference calls that help the process of completing a project, but are not project deliverables needs to be a part of the SOW. Also, items that establish the work environment, including work amenities, should be included.
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