Capability Survey

Posted on January 13, 2010 by


A buyer may be interested in a certain product or service, but wants to know the general capabilities of the seller. In this case, the buyer may prepare a set of questions known as a Capability Survey in order to better understand the seller. For example, Ben is questioning several potential babysitters on their past experience babysitting grade-school boys and toddlers, whether they have reliable transportation, and whether they know CPR. In this way he can evaluate which, if any, of the babysitters have the capabilities for which he is looking. For Project Managers, deciding the necessary capabilities of a seller would fall under the fourth edition PMBOK®’s Plan Procurements process, and actually obtaining the survey results would be part of the Conduct Procurements process.