Summary Level Planning Packages (SLPPs) Misnomer and Alias

May 1, 2018 Accounting

Origins One of the confusing terms in the world of Earned Value terminology is “Summary Level Planning Packages” or SLPPs. The term first appeared in Section 1 of the Earned Value Management Implementation Guide (EVMIG), published in 1996 which read: Summary Level Planning Packages (SLPP) – “When it is clearly impractical to plan authorized work in […]

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EVM Consulting – Modeling & Simulation

March 13, 2018 Earned Value

Forewarned is Forearmed Forewarned is forearmed. John Farmer, of New Hampshire, said that in a letter in 1685. But that advice is most likely biblical and very much older. No matter the source of the thought, we should take it as divine guidance if we are project managers. Maybe we should have it cut into […]

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Hiring the Right EVM Professional

February 22, 2018 Earned Value Management (EVM)

EVM Hiring, Not Selling You are searching for the right person to fill that critical EVM program management or project controls position on one of your newer or one of your tough projects. So, what does the interview sound like? Probably like so many I have witnessed. But there is a much better way to […]

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Project Management: Earned Value Consulting; Could You Use Some?

January 15, 2018 Corrective Action Request (CAR)

Failed Projects A recent article discussed the results of a survey for the reasons that projects failed. The definition of failure was that the project was abandoned. Abandonment does not occur frequently in the world of government projects; especially defense projects where there should be strong “must have” needs driving the project. These projects tend […]

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Confusing QBD Baseline Changes with QBD EAC Changes

December 11, 2017 Revisions

Quantified Backup Data Quantified Backup Data (aka QBD) has become a requirement for contractors who make use of the “Percent Complete” Earned Value Technique (EVT). This requirement is actually a good thing because it helps eliminate the guesswork previously cited as a flaw in the percent complete EVT. Unfortunately, it has become a good idea […]

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