Nostradamus for Projects (Part I): Building Predictability into your Enterprise

April 25th, 2018

Predictability

Why is it the construction industry lags other sectors when it comes to productivity? Why are cost and schedule overruns the norm for engineering and construction projects? The answer to these questions is complicated, as there are many factors that affect project outcomes. However, there is one critical factor that is often overlooked, but has […]


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 […]


4 Persistent Myths About Earned Value Management

September 23rd, 2016

Myths are great material for the movie screen. The lost kingdom of Atlantis, bloodthirsty vampires, or fire-breathing dragons: these are all the “good” kind of myth and will fill theaters. Of course, everyone usually knows that these myths are just that. The danger is when myths are confused with reality. When large amounts of money, reputations, and […]


Selling the C-Suite on the Predictive Powers of Earned Value Management

February 13th, 2015

Too often, project controls professionals receive the C-Suite’s full attention at one time only – immediately after painful and embarrassing cost or schedule overruns have come to light. So how can project controls leadership take advantage of these moments to sell to executives the power of project controls and differentiate it from the back-office, after-the-fact reports coming from Finance?