CPM is taking you to the source for the latest in EVMS news and adds a commentary from the CPM President, Wayne Abba

The July-August issue of Defense Acquisition University’s (DAU) Defense AT&L Magazine includes an excellent article

“All Aboard! Earned Value Management in DoD”

by John McGregor, Karen Kostelnik and David Nelson of the Office of Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses (PARCA).

This recent article comes from the central office for major defense authorization performance assessment, root cause analysis, and earned value management within the Department of Defense. The article concludes a series that began in January 2017 to observe the 50th year of EVM as DoD policy and to describe its continued relevance as the core discipline of integrated program management.

The series features articles authored by key government, industry and professional organizations:

  • Government Accountability Office,
  • NASA/FAA (with input from the Office of Management and Budget),
  • National Reconnaissance Office,
  • Department of Energy,
  • National Defense Industrial Association’s Integrated Program Management Division
  • College of Performance Management.

Thanks to DAU for providing this timely forum and to all the authors whose contributions will serve the program performance management and measurement community well.

The series is particularly timely in view of statements such as this from a major Air Force commander, quoted in National Defense magazine’s online issue of June 20:

“If you’ve been in the acquisition business at all over the last 20 years, you realize we already have a broken program. We just don’t know where. Because nothing in the acquisition business ever delivers exactly on time [and] exactly on budget anymore.”

— Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, during an Air Force Association event in Washington, D.C.

Although Gen. Hyten was referring to strategic systems, his viewpoint unfortunately is too common – and too accurate. However, I disagree that we don’t know “where.” Many studies through the years have identified problems – often the same ones – and previous reform efforts produced good (if not lasting) results. I maintain that we know what to do and how to do it. What we lack is the will to consistently apply the lessons we’ve learned. Government and its contractors have done acquisition well, even spectacularly as with the Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet program. EVM, understood and implemented properly by the Navy-contractor team, was a key factor in that and other successes, providing managers with timely, integrated cost, schedule and technical performance information needed to make the right decisions. The PARCA article emphasizes the point:

Drawing on the experiences of both industry and government experts is the most effective method of ensuring the government’s requirements are affordable and achievable. PARCA works closely with military Service and Agency EVM Focal Points, the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), as well as Industry partners led by the National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) Integrated Program Management Division (IPMD), to ensure that policy does not add hardship but facilitates the delivery of reliable integrated program management data for decision making.”

Our community has much to offer to improve acquisition management such that excellent execution, informed by efficient performance management and measurement, becomes the norm. CPM will consider that a guiding principle as we develop the practitioner and professional levels of our new Integrated Program Performance Management (IPPM) certification. Readers should note that, while the EVM series was published in a DoD magazine, it discusses GAO best practices, EVM reciprocity and scalability, evolving international standards for EVM and Work Breakdown Structure, and efficient management practices that make this formerly high-end technique accessible to programs and projects of any size where management needs reliable performance measurement information.

Here are links to the Defense AT&L Magazine EVM series. Reprints are permitted and encouraged, provided that credit is given to DAU and to the author(s) of all reproduced publications.

Wayne Abba, President, College of Performance Management

Series Articles:

EVM System’s High Cost: Fact or Fiction?

Ivan Bembers, Ed Knox, Michelle Jones and Jeff Traczyk

The Evolution of Earned Value Management

Wayne Abba

PARCA – Acquisition Reform That Works

Daniel L. Lynch

The Power of Data

Melvin Frank, David Kester and Karen Urschel

GAO Best Practice Guides Light the Way

Karen A. Richey

The College of Performance Management holds the first IPPM Certification Testing – Foundation Level

New Orleans, LA
June 2, 2017

The College of Performance Management is pleased to announce that during the EVM World 2017 Workshop it successfully held the first testing of the Integrated Program Performance Management (IPPM) professional certification.

The IPPM design tests competency at three levels: Foundation, Intermediate Practitioner, and Advanced Leadership. The core curriculum is based on Program Structures, Performance Baselines, Performance Measurement, and Analysis & Evaluation. IPPM is unique because it treats cost, schedule and technical performance disciplines as integrated and inter-dependent.

More information on how to register, and take the certification testing, as well as training opportunities will be coming soon.





Other news:

CPM EVM Blue Card

Practice Standard of Earned Value Management is now available at the PMI Marketplace