October 2009

The EVM Newsletter™
from Management Technologies
In This Issue
EVM in Highway Construction
CPM Surveys its Members
EVM Enablers
Gov't S/W Projects Subject of EVM Research
EVPprep™ Workshop Now Nov 5-6
New Innovation Award in EVM
Upcoming EVM Conferences
The Role of an EVP

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EVM in Highway and Seawall Construction 
The application of EVM in highway construction was a topic at the AACEI Annual Meeting. For many of our readers EVM is often applied to IT, aerospace, energy, and defense projects. But EVM is a big part of design and build industry. How EVM is applied to the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Program is discussed in a Federal Highway Administration report

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Are you a member of PMI CPM? Soon you will be sent a survey about CPM's future direction. The results will be tabulated on Nov 1. Please look for this survey and complete it in October!

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Building the Foundations for EVM
In 2000 Dr. Euhong Kim looked at EVM success factors related to an organization's ability to deploy effective EVM.  Dr. Kim listed 40 characteristics within four categories: EVM users, EVM methodology, implementation process,and project environment. His study is available for purchase from Science Direct. It's hard to focus on forty, but maybe its possible to focus on the most important ten. Next month's Newsletter will highlight these top 10.

Gov't Projects Sought for Research 
A study that focuses on US Government funded projects needs candidate software development projects that were completed within the last four years. The study will compare the levels of customer satisfaction between EVM and non-EVM projects. The researcher is currently compiling the list of projects that used EVM. Please email Dave Plumer if you have a candidate project. 
Welcome to the October EVM Newsletter. This Newsletter provides an EVM tidbit on selecting WIP (EVT) measures for short work packages, how EVM in used in construction projects, and new dates for the EVPrep™ November workshop.
There is also a call for Gov't S/W projects to particpate in a doctoral study, a link to forty EVM enablers, and a definition of the role of an EVP. 
And a lot more. Remember, you can use the link on the left to sign up and get The EVM Newsletter e-mailed directly to you. Share the news, forward The EVM Newsletter to a friend or co-worker. Use the link below on the left panel or at the bottom of the Newsletter.
You can help make this newsletter interesting by contributing news about your activities in EVM, your company, product announcements, or your projects. Send them to me at evinfo@mgmt-technologies.com
Ray Stratton, PMP,EVP
EVM Tidbit #3
Mapping the Schedule to WIP (EVTs)
For short period work packages many projects and organizations use a 0/100% or 50/50% rule. Simple, yet potentially misleading since the EV is based upon the only starting the work package and ending the work package. For example, 25% of the work might be done in the first period, but will be reported as 0%, or 50%, if we use one of the WIPs (EVTs) above. A look at our schedule will show when the work package is to start and end. By looking at this information we'll get an idea of the amount of work that might be done each period. For example, if a work package starts in the third week of the month and ends at the end of the following month it's clearly not going to be a 50/50, more like 1/3 in month one and 2/3 in month two. So use a WIP of 30/70! That way if your work starts on time the reported EV is in line with the accomplishment

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EVPrep™ Exam Prep Workshop Rescheduled to November 5-6
Save Up to $200
The November EVPrep™ workshop will be conducted on Nov 5-6 in Arlington VA (Crystal City Metro). This change is due to requests by some attendees to move it off the Halloween weekend so they could trick or treat with their little ghosts, goblins, prinincesses, and pirates.
The early registration fee will apply to all registrations, saving $100. IPMC {Conference, Nov 2-4} attendees will also get $100 off their EVPrep registration. (The EVPrep workshop is not endorsed or associated with the PMI College of Performance Management). That's $200 off!
EVP PinNovember 7th is the date of the US Nationwide EVP exam. It's too late to apply for this exam, but the 2010 U.S. cut off dates are January 5 and May 11. The application process requires some background material so don't wait until the last minute.   Apply, and then get studying! 
Do you have a EVP FAQ
Go to AACEI's website for the latest information about exam dates.
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.
There are six opportunities to attend the EVPrep workshop in our Jan - Jun 2010 schedule.
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.

New Award for Innovation in Application of EVM
The PMI College of Performance Management is initiating a new awarddownward chart to recognize innovation in EVM. This winner of this award will be announced at the PMI CPM's Spring Conference  (June 2010). The nomination process is being finalized, but you can start thinking about a project you think is deserving of this award. It will be given to an innovative, not necessarily ANSI 748, application of EVM.
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
  • MORE INFO:www.pmi-cpm.org

The EVPrep™ workshop will be held immediately after the event.

EVA Europe (first annual EV conference for continental Europe)

EVM Hands-On Workshop
The next Earned Value Experience™
workshop is scheduled for Phoenix. 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.
Excel EVM Templates may be retained by attendees to implement earned value management in their organization.

Phoenix, AZ, Nov 16-17
Jacksonville. FL, Dec 7-8
There are six opportunities to attend this workshop in our Jan - Jun 2010 schedule.
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 
Deltek is hiring consultants (several) that
 have the following downward chartskills:
         EVM Experience
         Deltek product Experience with any of the following:
  • Deltek Open Plan, or
  • Deltek MPM, or
  • Deltek Cobra

Please contact markinfanti@deltek.com or call 714-943-8112

Do you have openings for EVM professionals? Send an email describing the position and location in 25 words or less and a link to a more complete description of the position.
EVP - Defined 
EVP pin 
What is the role of an EVP? How is a EVP different from the rest of the EVM workforce?
I looked at the AACEi website (the EVP certifying body) and could not find a definition of in the EVP. Based upon the topics I encountered in the EVP Exam, the study guide, recommended study material, and discussion with other EVPs I crafted the following EVP role description. (This has not been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by AACEi.)
"An EVP is capable of leading an organization's EVM workforce. He or she can design an ANSI 748 compliant EVMS, provide EVMS process engineering, advise corporate leadership on EVMS, and interpret EVM performance data. The EVP can fully participate in proposal, pricing, planning, scheduling, risk management, and other project activities, and understands the domains of experts in these areas. The EVP is the EVM expert and advises the other domain experts regarding the ramifications of their decisions upon the EVM baseline and the utility of resulting performance data. The EVP understands the political environment surrounding the project and how to best communicate EVM performance data in each instance and each audience.  Finally, the EVP can provide well written, logical, and persuasive communication to the project team, corporate leadership, and the customer."
Does that sound like you? If so, apply for the EVP exam, pass it, and get certified. Be one of the few, under 300 EVPs exist today.
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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