Is it taking too long to prepare your SOW and Evaluation Criteria?
What is the SOW? Why is it important?
How much detail and how many requirements are sufficient?
A proven methodology for developing the best SOW structure includes:
While a minimal SOW sounds like a good idea, there are drawbacks with either minimalist approach:
Bidders must write the services they are going to deliver to be able to offer a price.
Drawback: No one will state the same deliverables requiring significant evaluation effort and resulting in a selection that is not apples-to-apples.
You prepare evaluation criteria that contain all the detail of the services you really want to buy to allow for an apples-to-apples selection.
Drawback: You spend a significant amount of time writing evaluation criteria that are discarded once the contract is in place, so why not just put the requirements in the SOW? After all, this is really what you want to buy.