Program Development Study Phase
Availability of GSA and other experts to shape the PDS scope of work
This task typically takes two (2) weeks. Factor impacting duration:
Availability of appropriate Feasibility Study team members and stakeholders
for the PDS preparation
The Work Plan is a crucial tool to ensure that the PDS achieves its goals, stays
within budget, and remains on schedule. The team leader is responsible for mapping
out all of the tasks, determining who does what and when, and defining the
deliverables for each step. Once the project begins, the team leader uses the Work Plan
to troubleshoot the process, the deliverables, and the schedule.
Effective communications bring important benefits to the project by managing
customer agency, stakeholder, and community expectations; building consensus;
supporting the project schedule; and enhancing coordination within the team
and with the customer agency. The Communications Specialist team member can
assist the team leader and others with these activities.
Review the PMP that was submitted with the Feasibility Study.
Review the PMP's recommendations for design procurement and the
implementation strategy as inputs to the Work Plan.
Verify whether the PMP has been updated since the completion of the
Site/Design Prospectus or the beginning of the design phase.
Use the PMP to guide the PDS process. Don't limit the PMP update to the
submission for the Capital Program. Drafting the PMP begins earlier in
the capital development process, and the PMP is updated throughout the PDS
activities. Update the PMP in concert with the development of the Work Plan.
Use the PDS Checklist (see "Appendix D").
Refer to the PDS Checklist for a list of typical contents and tasks for a PDS.
Not every project needs all of the elements in the PDS Checklist. However, using
the PDS Checklist helps to review the project's requirements and select the
appropriate PDS elements for each project.