AE Blog - Share the Scope of Work
John Lowe recommend that every person on the design team receive a copy of the Scope of Work (SOW) for their project. While the Project Manager and some members of the team that were involved in developing and negotiating the SOW know what is included, others may be only partially informed. They may be functioning largely on the basis of what they have heard or prior experience on similar projects.
Although well intended, unless they know what is included in the SOW and what is not, some designers will go beyond that which is included. Sadly, the Project Manager may only discover this when he/she observes that the project schedule or budget is in trouble. This situation is then compounded by the Project Manager having to decide whether or not to approach the client with an awkward “after-the-fact” change in scope.
Another technique that can be helpful in this regard is to have a 10% progress review. The Project Manager can determine whether or not the design team is working within the SOW. This review can also avoid an unhappy technical or quality surprise when it is time for the 35% submittal.
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