Tips for Implementing Effective Earned Value Training

by Humphreys & Associates | March 1, 2021 5:00 am

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Likely you have been on the receiving end of this advice.  The common solution to every problem seems to be: do more training.  Well, yes, that is often a logical conclusion.  The hard part is, how do you implement earned value training that actually helps project personnel improve their knowledge levels and skill sets that makes a difference in how projects are managed?  Conducting training just to check something off a to-do list is a waste of everyone’s time.

Here are a few tips to help you implement an effective EVM training plan.

Tip 1 – What’s the problem you want to resolve?

A clear understanding of the problem you want to solve helps determine the scope of the training, who needs the training, and what kind of training will make a difference.  Here are a few examples to illustrate a range of the scope of the training from the complex to targeted training.

Tip 2 – Determine what you need to accomplish your training objective

Here is a sort list of factors to consider as you begin to sort out what type of training or training materials you need to have in place to accomplish your training objectives.

Tip 3 – Who you select to help you with your earned value training objectives matters

There are a number of companies that offer earned value and related training.  There are a number of factors to consider as you start to evaluate their services, expertise, scope and availability of training materials, and range of training options. 

There is a reason why H&A has been the leading provider of earned value training and consulting services for over four decades.  We have proven, cost effective approaches to increasing your project control team’s skills so they become more valuable assets to your organization.  For example:

What’s the benefit to you?  Should you need source material for a training course, our courses are available for lease and can be tailored to your environment.  You don’t have to start from scratch.  We actively maintain our course materials and provide updates as requirements change over time including specific versions for DoD, DOE, and NASA.  This takes the burden off you and reduces the cost of keeping up with changes.  We provide train-the-trainer sessions for the courses, so your company’s training department can become proficient with the materials to build out your internal training library over time. 

You can rely on the H&A team of experts to help you with your EVM, scheduling, and related training needs.  For more information about our courses, descriptions, and delivery options, visit our web page at: https://www.humphreys-assoc.com/evms/evms_training_courses.php

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