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(EVM-2581) Improving EVMS Compliance through Data Integration

Level: Intermediate
Author(s): Edward M. McNamee; Chistopher E. Hanner; Charles W. Immonen
Venue: 2017 AACE International Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL

Abstract: Both the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) are moving towards a data-driven Earned Value Management System (EVMS) compliance model. Recently both agencies published guidance on how to evaluate an EVMS based on a data-driven approach. An analysis of this guidance was done to determine how the system and artifact integration points impact compliance. The result was that 18 of the 32 EIA 748 criteria are reliant on data integration. Based on an analysis of the integration points the ones that have the most impact on the artifacts used for management decisions are related to the Integrated Master Schedule and the Cost Processor. Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) has implemented a low-cost automated tool that compares the data from the cost processor to data from the IMS to identify integration issues. This approach allows rapid identification of integration issues, focused correction actions, and provides a basis for long-term continuous improvement efforts. The overall result is that the system provides more meaningful data and achieves enhanced compliance.