Performance Specifications

The course aims to give participants knowledge of and skills in the formulation and management of performance specifications. This is based on the ‘Performance specification step-by-step plan’, which gives a summary of the different stages of progress, from go-ahead through evaluation.

A performance specification is a contract in which the client describes the start situation and, on the basis of what are known as performance requirements, the desired (output) situation for work to be performed. In contrast to the ubiquitous RAW specification, this specification does not specify what needs to happen, how it should happen and how often it should happen (input). Instead, the contractor specifies the activities and the quantities of any building materials and the like required to achieve the desired end situation.

It is important that participants are familiarized with the key differences between activity-based and functional specifications. Using the Kolb method (experience-based learning), participants become progressively familiar with the term 'output', the ‘SMART’ formulation of requirements, the different types of requirement and the components of the performance specification.

Target group
The target group consists of a circle of employees with relevant 'roles' in drawing up and managing a performance contract (i.e. specification authors, UAV management, regulatory bodies, etc.).

The ‘Performance specification step-by-step plan’ consists of nine stages, which should be followed in the preparation, tendering, realization and evaluation of a performance specification. The process starts with gaining a clear work specification. This is followed by the stages:

  1. Write project plan
  2. Assess project risks
  3. Write performance specification
  4. Draft estimates
  5. Write management plan
  6. Testing, verification and approval
  7. Put out to tender, assess bids and award contract
  8. Realization and management
  9. Evaluation