Contracting folks get a lot of training…
But one of the things I just don’t hear a lot about is improved requirements training. People writing Statements of Work aren’t stupid; they’re often highly intelligent.
Still, I don’t hear requirements writers spouting off FAR Part 11 — Describing Agency Needs. In fact, requirements writers are often surprised when you help them improve a SOW. They’re just not used to receiving help.
This tells me two things —
(1) We need to teach requirements writers how to find what they need in FAR Part 11 instead of saying “This is a bad SOW.” It’s a lot of that old “teach a man to fish” philosophy.
(2) Contract specialists need to provide excellent customer serive (i.e. I exist to support you, the customer; I will train you and stay in the trenches with you).