Project Management

Change Management and the EVA Road Show

Dr. Andrew Makar is an IT program manager and is the author of the Microsoft Project Made Easy series. For more project management advice, visit the website

If you've followed me this far down the rabbit hole, you've learned how to apply earned value to your projects and may be inspired to share this technique with your peers and management.
Motivating an organization to incorporate earned value into their culture is an exercise in change management. Effectively managing change isn't an easy process--and rolling out EVA throughout an organization can be challenging. Applying the following change management activities to your EVA implementation can help improve its adoption.
Assess the organization's readiness for change
Is the organization ready to change? Before initiating an EVA rollout, consider the current state of the organization and determine if the organization is ready to adopt EVA. In order to implement EVA using MS-Project, project managers need a basic foundation in both process and tools. If project managers can not build resource-leveled project plans, do not understand project baselines or tracking project actuals, then additional training is required.
Does the organization have time to change? I haven't met an organization yet that has raised its collective hands and volunteered it is ready for change. However, being aware of any existing organization change initiatives will determine the scope and timing of an EVA roll out. If the organization is restructuring, preparing for an upcoming audit, or is …

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