EVM: Management with the Lights On

August 31st, 2017

Earned Value Management (EVM) is a method using specific metrics to measure, forecast, and ultimately improve project performance. EVM has been shown to be a very strong indicator of the future performance of a project. In fact, when EVM is effectively deployed, it can be used to predict project performance +/- 10% when the project […]


Improving Projects Performance at CH2M

August 23rd, 2017

Efficiency is important in improving organizational performance, especially in the Engineering & Construction industry where project margins are so thin. CH2M, a leading global engineering company providing consulting, design, construction and operations services recognized that in order to improve the performance of their projects, they needed to increase efficiency by eliminating the time spent manually […]


The Disjoint Between Project Controls and the ERP

July 17th, 2017

Over the last 15-20 years I’ve had many a good debate on the merits of using mainstream ERP systems to manage project finances. Of course, the more accurate term is project cost controls, as opposed to project accounting, as cost engineers know these things to be discrete disciplines. The confusion stems from where they overlap; […]


Stop The Monthly Madness: 7 Steps to Real Project Control

July 11th, 2017

It’s month end.  The new VP of Engineering recently issued an edict that ALL projects’ forecasts must be updated monthly, regardless of project size and status.  A noble ideal, for sure.  Like many such edicts, however, nothing else changed.  Your control estimates were rushed together with less than 10% of design complete, Work Breakdown Schedule […]