Specification Writing

Writing an effective specification is key to a successful project delivery. If the specification is not fit for purpose, the project will consequently fail to meet expectation with possible significant commercial consequences. An effective specification pitched correctly will ensure a successful project outcome.

On this course you will learn to:

  • Approach the task of drafting in a systematic manner, taking into account the key steps to specification writing and the type of specification required (e.g. general or technical);
  • Identify the appropriate structure for the specification, in order to communicate the requirements effectively and efficiently (e.g. what method to apply to best describe the specification content and take into account the differing needs of the owner and recipient);
  • Apply the specification language in a precise and clear manner to prevent misinterpretation through vague and ambiguous text;
  • Apply effective methods of specification amendment review and issue control.

Aligned with UK-SPEC competence:

B: Design and development of processes, systems, services and products

D: Use of effective communication and interpersonal skills.

Course availability

Location Dates Duration Course code
Manchester 09 May 2018 1 day SWEMA

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London 03 July 2018 1 day SWGLO

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Bristol 18 September 2018 1 day SWIBR

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London 01 November 2018 1 day SWKLO

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Terms and conditions of booking.


Member Price

Early Bird (two months in advance) £425

Standard £495

N.B. Prices subject to VAT

Non-Member Price

Early Bird (two months in advance) £525

Standard £595

N.B. Prices subject to VAT

Who should attend

This one-day course is aimed at anyone who has not written a specification before, or has and wants to improve their specification writing skills. It covers the end-to-end process stages (planning, compiling and editorial aspects) with practical tips on the best methodologies to apply.

Course programme

Introduction to Specification Writing

• What are specifications, their purpose and types;
• Stages to producing a specification.

Stage 1: Planning and Preparation

• Establishing the needs of the sponsor/stakeholders and the intended recipients;
• Establishing the scope and interfaces;
• What people resources to consider / incorporate;
• What reference material resources to consider / incorporate;
• Specification structure layout and style;
• Approval and authorisation;
• Issue control and change control quality assurance.

Stage 2: Drafting

• Layout structure and style;
• Complexity and length;
• Specification language;
• Tips on pitfalls to avoid.

Stage 3: Review

• Editing tools and techniques;
• Quality assurance tips;
• Managing draft change control;
• Managing draft review consultation.

Stage 4: Issue Control

• Key requirements for issue control;
• Key requirements for specification version release record keeping.

"Enjoyed the course, I look forward to applying my specs in the future." AP

"Great course & great teacher who made the session easily understandable and enjoyable. A wide use of material was available for us to keep which shall be used for future reference." VK

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