June 1, 2018 – Press Release – Karen Richey receives Gary Christle Leadership Excellence Award at the 34th Annual International Workshop EVM World

Reston, Va. June 1, 2018 – The College of Performance Management (CPM) announced Ms. Karen Richey as the recipient of the prestigious Gary Christle Leadership Excellence Award. The award, named for a distinguished executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, was established in 2009 and has been awarded only once before, to Dr. Robert B. “Bob” Rovinsky.

Award recipients are leaders in the community who have promoted an environment of cooperation whether between customer and supplier or within the government or a company. Recipients show examples of leadership that are not only a one-time effort, but ongoing attributes that define them as a leader. Awardees have made significant contributions to the development and/or understanding of Earned Value Management (EVM) that will continue to distinguish their work. The contributions are represented by a definable body of work as demonstrated through speaking, teaching, training, research, publications, and professional practice.

In her role as the Assistant Director for Applied Research and Methods at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Ms. Richey led the development of a series of “best practice” guides that contributed significantly to effective understanding of EVM within the GAO, and throughout government, industry and academia. The guides were created to address best practices for ensuring credible program cost and schedule estimates for both government and industry by providing effective linkage between cost estimating, scheduling, and EVM.

The guides have been cited in U.S. Office of Management and Budget regulation and have been adopted as policy by some federal agencies. More than 1,000 experts worldwide continue to contribute best practices as the family of guides is growing to include scheduling, technical readiness, and Agile software development.


Feb. 13, 2018 – Press Release – CPM to Host EVM World 2018 the Premier IPPM Event
Three-Day Workshop Named a “Project Controls Conference You Don’t Want to Miss” Coming May 30 to Fort Lauderdale

RESTON, Va. – Feb. 13, 2018 – The College of Performance Management (CPM) announced today that its annual workshop, EVM World 2018, will be held May 30 through June 1, 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. EVM World is the premier event in Integrated Program Performance Management (IPPM), offering attendees an opportunity to learn about project performance techniques, including earned value management (EVM). The event provides training, presentations on current topics from practicing professionals, access to world leaders in project performance management, networking, and the latest in software and consulting to make programs successful.

This year’s theme, Intelligently Linking Information for Better Program Management, embodies CPM’s mission and how the organization is leading the industry by helping you fit all the pieces together to gain a more comprehensive picture that allows for better program management.

EVM World was named among the 2018 Project Controls Conferences You Don’t Want to Miss by Shohreh Ghorbani, director, Project Control Academy. This annual list highlights the best events held for education and innovation in the fields of project controls, cost, scheduling, EVM, and planning and includes associations such as AACEi, PMI, ICEAA, and RICS.

“Performance Measurement principles are essential to government acquisition and procurement regulations, international standards, professional and industrial associations, and company management procedures,” said Wayne Abba, president of CPM. “EVM World supports all of these disparate needs and helps to advance the state of the art of integrated program performance management using EVM and other techniques.”

According to Gordon Kranz of Enlightened Integrated Program Management, “We believe that the aerospace and construction industry can learn to manage programs better by using Building Information Modeling…At the center of earned value management is the requirement to claim technical progress based on objective criteria. During the development phase of programs objective criteria for progress claims are sometimes not straight forward. But if the cost and schedule could be electronically tagged to the system design artifacts as the design matures the technical, cost, and schedule status would be naturally integrated. The vision of BIM is to address this current lack of data integration issue throughout the project lifecycle.”

For further program information, visit www.evmworld.org.

About CPM

CPM is an international, non-profit professional organization dedicated to the disciplines of project management and performance measurement. We assist the earned value professional and project manager in professional growth and promote the application of earned value management. Based in Reston, Virginia, USA with chapters in Alabama, California, Colombia and Virginia, CPM serves members and organizations in the Aerospace, Defense, Energy and other industries where EVM is often required. We are a growing body of professionals dedicated to managing projects on time and on budget. www.mycpm.org

EVM principles remain intact – a message from the CPM President Wayne Abba

BREAKING NEWS – EVM in BIM – Read the article in CPM’s Measurable News

Intelligently Linking Information for Better Performance Management Across Industry and Government”

A collaborative effort by Gordon M. Kranz, Enlightened Integrated Program Management, LLC with key input from the presentation authors,

Earl Carter, Arora Engineering, Inc., Jeff Gravatte, LEED AP, Cathi Hayes, Hexagon, Raul Gomez, Robins and Morton, and Michael Marcel, K2 Consulting

These industry leaders are cracking the code on how to achieve better performance management across all industries.

Read it here

Look for the next BIM sessions at EVM World 2018

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.





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