The concept of schedule monitoring and control as one of the most important functions of project management has not been fully exploited. That could stem from the dominance of Earned Value Management Systems which use cost indicators to measure schedule preformance. This can be misleading. In contrast to Earned Value and Earned Schedule, the authors have developed the Earned Duration Management (EDM) which uses certain indices to measure progress and performance of schedule and cost.
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When using an Earned Value Management System (EVMS), Management Reserve (MR) is both expected and considered a best practice. But the lack of understanding of MR and its use extends from government agencies to contractors. MR is an integral part of an EVM System. MR should be part of the original project estimate, but how much should you plan and how do you use MR to manage your project. This presentation discusses how MR is established (risk based) and subsequently used to keep a program on track. It also covers the common issues/misunderstandings and how to deal with them.
The goal of this article is to encourage project managers to participate in an academic survey to help determine if an organization is ready to apply earned value management to its projects. If you are interested in learning more about EVM--and providing input into an assessment tool to help determine if an organization is ready to apply earned value--please read on!
Small Projects, Big Savings by Implementing Best Practices with Earned Value Management (Lessons Learned)by
The project manager must adapt and adjust the PMBOK® Guide in order to balance his or her identified competing constraints while integrating the different management processes needed to deliver the expected result as a cohesive whole. The first part of this article discusses the process of “tailoring” small project management practices. The second part of the article presents a case study of best practices as the project manager responsible for a team of eleven people in an IT department.
Earned value management (EVM) is the control tool used for cost control, which is one of the most important areas in project management. It also provides additional useful information for the schedule variance. When used with progress reporting to determine schedule variance and schedule performance index, EVM becomes a highly valuable tool to track both cost and schedule. Budgets for projects with only department-wide budget allocations are analogous to a household electricity bill, having few details.
This article presents a variant on the use of schedule performance index (SPI) and schedule variance (SV) to manage schedule performance and includes a description, rationale, and explanation on how to apply the technique. An actual project, as well as examples, are used to illustrate the value and application of the technique. A basic understanding of earned value management (EVM) is required to understanding the article, whereas actual practice using earned value management, schedule performance index, and schedule variance is recommended.
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Earned Value Management is recognized within the project management domain as an effective cost and risk management technique. The formulas are not difficult to understand. So if EV isn’t difficult to calculate, why isn’t it more prevalent?
The challenge addressed in this article is that of using earned value in an IT project of less than US$20 million with multiple solution partners, fixed cost contracts, no labor cost data, and an 18-month deadline. The discussion presents an example of an innovative use of a research and development (R&D)–based earned value technique. The software project overview is presented, traditional earned value reviewed, the derivation of the R&D approach is discussed, and the article closes with a look at the organizational benefit of the technique.
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