Objectives and Intended Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:
- Identify problems and errors in specifications
- Explain the ramifications of those problems and errors
- Make recommendations to correct those problems and errors
- Identify strategies for approaching unclear procurements
This course is designed for all public procurement professionals who develop solicitation documents.
This workshop focuses on skills development and assumes those attending possess experience writing specifications and an understanding of specifications and the specification development process. In lieu of direct experience, it is strongly recommended that learners complete the on-line, self-paced course, Introduction to Specifications, before attending this workshop. The online course will establish the knowledge base and provide real-world examples enabling learners to develop their writing skills in the workshop.
Specifications are critically important to any procurement. Poorly written specifications can lead to lack of competition, purchasing an inappropriate commodity, protests, contract disputes and cost overruns. This course develops skills based on the foundation established in the Introduction to Specifications online course. It starts with problem statements within a specification, builds to problem specifications and culminates with strategies to approach specifications for unclear and difficult procurements.