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Managing Service Level Agreements course

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Service level agreements (SLAs) are designed to allow contractors to propose and implement innovative ways to achieve contract objectives and provide companies with effective tools to objectively assess and enforce contractor performance. The proper use of performance standards, acceptable quality levels, incentives and other performance-based acquisition (PBA) tools can lead to enhanced contractor performance resulting in cost savings to the companies and improvements in customer satisfaction.

Managing Service level agreements (SLA) will outline the major processes and tools of developing and managing SLA as a part of a performance-based service contract. This course is designed to equip the personnel involved in developing and managing SLAs with the knowledge needed to maximize the benefits of performance-based service contracts. You will learn to measure and document contractor performance and reach successful contract completion by applying the appropriate incentives.

The course exercises are based on real-life, performance-based contract management scenarios that take participants beyond a mere review of the process aspects of obtaining effective contractor performance. By completing these practical, interactive exercises, you will have an opportunity to observe the key activities of developing and managing SLAs and apply that knowledge to your day-to-day contracting environment.

What will I learn?

  • Perform a job analysis
  • Prepare performance work statement (PWS)
  • Develop and apply an effective quality assurance plan (QAP)
  • Develop performance measures
  • Use the key tools of PBA to effectively manage contract performance
  • Facilitate a partnering relationship between the buyer and contractor
  • Monitor SLAs using key tools of PBA
  • Authorise payment properly and close out the contract

What is included in the price?

All Digital Course Materials

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What topics will be covered in the course?

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  1. SLA Basics
    1. SLA definition
    2. SLA purposes
    3. SLA types
    4. Levels of SLA
    5. SLA vs. contract
    6. SLA format
    7. SLA management tasks
    8. SLA management process
    9. SLA management tools
    10. Roles & responsibilities of SLA management
    11. SLA in a PBA context
  2. Performance-Based Acquisition
    1. Definition of Performance-Based Acquisition
    2. Why use Performance-Based Acquisition?
    3. Requirements for PBA
    4. Services acquired through PBA
    5. Key elements of PBA
    6. Performance indicator/measure/standard
    7. PBA within the contracting process
    8. Benefits and challenges of PBA
  3. Developing Performance-based Requirements
    1. Performance-based business relationship
    2. Instituting a business alliance for performance management
    3. Strategic communication mechanisms
    4. Tactical communication mechanisms
    5. Post award orientation conference
  4. Performance monitoring and management
    1. Performance-based monitoring methods
    2. Ways to measure
    3. Use the QAP to monitor performance
    4. EV: a sophisticated way to monitor contractor performance
    5. Conduct progress meetings with the contractor
    6. Manage contract performance
    7. Applying incentives to manage performance
    8. Using the award term incentive
    9. Past performance as an incentive
    10. Change happens
    11. Risk management in PBA
    12. Modifications
    13. Contract change modifications
    14. Contract change process
    15. Change management in PBA
    16. Impact on QASP
    17. Contractor claims
    18. Buyer claims
    19. PBA as a conflict avoidance strategy
    20. Beyond disputes and litigation
    21. ADR in PBA
  5. Payment and Closeout
    1. Payment in PBA
    2. Performance-based payments
    3. Advance payments
    4. Invoice
    5. Executing the payment process
    6. The importance of final payment
    7. Withholding payment
    8. Contract closeout
    9. Steps in contract closeout

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What sets us apart from many other training companies is that we guide you through your entire learning journey.  We work together with you to assess your skills gap, map out your individual learning path and offer you the resources to then help you reinforce and adopt new tools and techniques learnt from your training and apply them to your daily work. Find out more.