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Using Earned Value

This post is the continuation of a series of articles I started last year on measuring performance beyond the traditional approach. So if you’ve read”Getting to the Nuts and Bolts”, and the subsequent posts on the WBS, RAMs,and the OBS,

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Organization and RAMs

An Organizational Breakdown Structure. If you read my post “Getting to the Nuts & Bolts” then this is the continuation of that post. I’ll discuss the Organizational Breakdown Structure or the OBS, and the Resource Assignment Matrix or RAM. We’ve

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Getting to the Nuts & and Bolts

The Work Breakdown Structure. In my earlier posts I started to describe all the fundamental organization necessary to use an Earned Value method for performance measurement. I wanted to describe a way to measure how well a team performs using

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Pointers for Starting a Project Using EVM

Getting Started This is a continuation of the posts I’ve published earlier using Earned Value Management as an alternative to what I call the “traditional approach” to performance measurement. When starting a project using (EVM) there are several things that

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Adding Value Beyond the Traditional Measurement Approach

The Earned Value Approach In my last post I discussed the traditional way of measuring progress on a project. This approach involved having a PM compare the “actuals” the team members expended on tasks versus what the task was “budgeted”

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Measuring Performance – The Traditional Approach

The Traditional Approach For the longest time teams were provided a yearly budget based on the scope of anticipated work and the quantity of people available to work on projects. In my early days as a project engineer, I was

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CAMs – Who needs them?

One of the arguments I hear almost daily it seems, is that project management is an expensive proposition. I mean to say that with technical teams at least, there seems to be a perception that the tech leads have it

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