August 2009

The EVM Newsletter™
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EVM Tidbit
EVP Exam Date and EVPrep Workshop Schedule
GAO Publishes Cost Guide
Upcoming EVM Conferences
Earned Value Experience Hands-On Workshop Schedule
EVM Job Openings

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EVM Tidbit #1
EVP PinJust about everyone computes an EAC using
There are other formulas and methods, but this formula is one that is usually used. But shouldn't the EAC calculation take into consideration how much has been spent?
Another common formula is
This formula shows that this EAC is derived by taking the funds spent to-date (ACWP), and adding an estimate to get the remaining work (BAC-BCWP) done using a perforamnce factor of "(SPI*CPI)". Other performace factors are often used as well.
But when the performance factor is just the CPI the formula is:
Algebraically, this can be reduced to:
So when you compute an EAC by just dividing the BAC by the CPI, you have taken into consideration what has been spent, how much work remains, and how much funding is needed to complete the work. Magic!
EVP Exam Date Nov 7, Apply Now!
EVP PinNovember 7th is the date of the US Nationwide EVP exam. Exams are held around the country. The early application (less costly) window ends Aug 25; the very last date for the application is September 8th. The application process requires some background material so don't wait until Aug 24 to start!  Apply, and then get studying! 
More info is at the EVP FAQs and the EVPrep™ workshop website.
Go to AACEI's website for the latest information about exam dates.
There are two EVPrep™ workshop dates between now and the Nov 7 exam date.
  • October 8-9 in Reston VA (D.C. Area)
  • Octopber 31 - November 1 in Alexandria VA
    (D.C. Area) (Immediately before IPMC

Both these dates are ideal for the upcoming exam date. The workshop can help you find your weaker knowledge areas and leave you time to strengthen these areas before the exam. 

View the EVPrep workshop outline and get the registration form.
Workshops are also planned in Phoenix on 11/18-19 and Jacksonville FL on 12/9-10.
The workshop covers all the topics likely covered in the exam and provides exam-like questions and workshop discussion about each question and the possible answers. This workshop also includes an EVM analysis question to help prepare you for the three page written essay in Part 4.
Interested in an on-site workshop? Send an e-mail with your your address and the number of attendees to receive a quote.
GAO Publishes Cost Guide with EVM as a Core Component
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published an award winning Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide.  Over 300 pages, it represents the contributions of best experts in cost estimating and cost engineering. It also  contains chapters on WBS development, EVM in project planning, EVM in project execution, and estimated software development costs. It's free at
Upcoming EVM Conferences 
IPMC (Integrated Project Management Conference)
  • WHO:PMI's College of Performance Management, SCEA, and NDIA
  • WHEN:November 2-4
  • WHERE:Alexandria, VA
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EVA Europe (first annual EV conference for continental Europe)

  • WHO:European Lab for Particle Physics (CERN), Geneva School of Business Administration
  • WHEN:November 25-26
  • WHERE: Geneva

EVM Hands-On Workshop
ClassroomThe Earned Value Experience™
workshop uses our proprietary MS Excel templates to teach you earned value management. You'll experience creating an earned value management baseline, determining earned value from project status, calculating earned value management indices, and estimating final cost and completion date. This workshop is perfect for team leads, cost account managers, financial and schedule control staff, project and program managers, and chief project officers.
Templates may be retained by attendees to implement earned value management in their organization.

Reston, VA, Sept 21-22
Phoenix, AZ, Nov 16-17
Jacksonville. FL, Dec 7-8
Interested in an on-site workshop? Send an e-mail with your your address and the number of attendees to receive a quote.
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EVM Jobs 
This space will list EVM job openings in future editions.
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Do you have news to share? Send your news item and we'll review it for posting in a future EVM Newsletter.
Ray Stratton
Management Technologies

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