Contract Performance Example – Cost Variance Trend

by Humphreys & Associates on January 1, 2023 last modified October 5, 2023

Monitoring the cost of a project is crucial in order to ensure that it stays within budget and is completed on time. One way to track this is by analyzing the cost variance, or the difference between the actual cost of the project and the budgeted cost. In this video, we will examine a specific example of a cost variance trend that has raised red flags and is causing concern. As the project nears its estimated completion date, the cost variance has dipped into negative territory and appears to be worsening. The chart in this video also provides a visual comparison of variances at completion to the current cost variance.

The cost variance in this video is a significant trend that has crossed into negative territory and appears to be decreasing even further past year 4, which is the estimated completion date. With so little time remaining, the negative cost variance trend is obviously a cause for concern. The chart in the video also shows visually the comparison of variances at completion to the current cost variance that we mentioned in the previous chart in the vidoe.

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