KMSG Advanced Program Management Institute - Course Descriptions

 PM 104 | 1 Day

 
Agile Development and Earned Value Management (EVM)for Government Projects - 7 PDUs
           

Agile development methodologies are rapidly growing in popularity in the federal government for major IT investments. This is largely driven by the desire to meet customer mission critical requirements faster and deliver business value.  However, the complexity of government programs presents several challenges when deploying and utilizing an agile development methodology.

This one day interactive workshop includes classroom instruction, practical examples, and exercises. An overview of Agile and EVM fundamentals is presented as well as the benefits of combining these popular disciplines. In addition, we will provide a framework for planning, measuring performance, and forecasting for government programs using agile and EVM.

Course Objectives

This workshop is designed to help your organization answer these questions:

  • How do I ensure I don’t burden my agile development team with unnecessary project scheduling, statusing, change management, and reporting?
  • How do I realize the significant benefits of an agile development methodology while still complying with Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Agency, or Program performance reporting requirements?
  • How do I manage the entire program and not just the work managed using an agile development methodology?
  • How do I measure the impact to my overall program deliverable if projects and releases are delayed or ‘must have’ functionality is deferred to a subsequent release?
  • My stakeholders want to know much it’s going to cost and when will we be done.  How do I track costs and forecast my cost at completion?

Who should attend? Executive and project team members who are responsible for:

  • Project Management
  • Project Planning and Scheduling
  • Resource Management
  • Technical Performance
  • Project Controls
  • Project Analysis
  • Project Accounting

What you will learn:

  • The significant benefits of a modular development using an agile development methodology
  • Complying with OMB, agency, or program performance reporting requirements
  • The benefits of using EVM in conjunction with an agile development methodology
  • How to implement a simple methodology for Agile EVM using standard tools

 PM 101* | 2 Days

     
 
EVM - Program Management Using Earned Value- 14 PDUs
                                                                                               

Earned Value Management (EVM) is a well accepted project management tool used to track and evaluate a project’s performance. EVM combines metrics on cost, schedule, and technical accomplishment to determine, at any given point, a project’s status and performance. Traditional project management methods measures progress based on how much money a project has spent, or how much time has elapsed, with no correlation to how much work is being accomplished. For example, the project has spent 50% of the budget so 50% of the necessary work must also be complete. EVM on the other hand, measures progress through ratios linking cost, schedule, and performance; cost and schedule measurements are incorporated directly into technical performance.


Using EVM, Project Controls Managers can see, at any given time (Schedule), what they have received (Performance) for the money/resources (Budget) they have allocated. This allows for more informed decisions than those that result from looking at production/performance figures that are not correlated to time or cost.  This course is designed to give participants a basic understanding of Earned Value Management (EVM) and its relationship to Program Management. You will learn how to implement EVM and successfully transfer the new knowledge/skills to your job.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, graduates will be able to:

  • Explain EVM concepts and the benefits
  • Organize, plan, and authorize work
  • Perform, analyze and report project performance
  • Enable early problem identification and resolution
  • Project future cost and schedule performance

*Pre-requisite: It is encouraged participants have a basic understanding of Project Management concepts prior to attending the class

Who should attend? Project team members who are responsible for:

  • Project Management
  • Project Planning and Scheduling
  • Resource Management
  • Technical Performance
  • Project Controls
  • Project Analysis
  • Project Accounting

What you will learn:

  • The significant benefits of using EVM to measure and monitor project performance
  • How to organize your project to enable the use of EVM
  • How to enable processes to authorize, perform, and measure performance of project work
  • Conduct a variance analysis to identify potential project issues and their root cause
  • How to use EVM to forecast costs and completion dates
  • How to comply with OMB, agency, or program performance reporting requirements

 PM 102 | 2 Days


 
EVM - Advanced Planning, Analysis, and Reporting - 21 PDUs
                       

This course builds on the introductory course, PM 101, and is designed to give participants a comprehensive understanding of how Earned Value Management (EVM) is implemented. You will gain insight into the application of EVM on programs and projects and successfully transfer the new knowledge/skills to your job.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Effectively apply EVM Methodologies to major projects and significant programs
  • Develop and apply EVM processes for projects and programs
  • Organize, plan, perform, analyze, and report EVM at both the program and control account level
  • Use EVM to improve probability of achieving program objectives: technical, schedule, and cost

*Pre-requisite: It is encouraged participants complete KMSG PM 101 and/or equivalent EVM work exposure prior to attending the class

Who should attend? Project team members who are responsible for:

  • Project Scheduling
  • Project Controls
  • Project Analysis

What you will learn:

  • How to realize the significant benefits of using EVM for projects and programs
  • How to implement EVM for projects and programs
  • Advanced EVM and root cause analysis techniques
  • Advanced project forecasting methodologies