The Power of Data
New Thinking and Technology Can Keep EVMS Relevant
Written by: Melvin Frank, David Kester and Karen Urschel
The Energy Department sees Earned Value Management (EVM) as integrating the scope, schedule and cost parameters of complex, high-value scientific, engineering, construction and environmental cleanup projects through systematic planning, monitoring and control. This permits detailed performance assessment.
GAO Best Practice Guides Light the Way
Written by: Karen A. Richey
GAO best practice guides are developed through an iterative, consultative process involving experts in related domains. These experts come from government agencies, private companies, independent consultant groups, trade industry groups and academia.
Cutting the Cost of Earned Value Management
Written by: Jerald Kerby, Matoka Forbes and Stefanie Terrell
The Civilian Agencies and Industry Working Group on EVM recently released its guides on reciprocity and scalability. Both initiatives resulted in products that can help lower the burden and cost of EVM implementation.
Improving Threat Support for DoD Acquisition Programs
Written by Paul Reinhart and Brian Vanyo
Accelerating advancements in threat military capabilities drive sweeping changes in acquisition intelligence support. The defense intelligence community overhauled its threat support products and procedures in 2016, viewed here along with the outlook for better intelligence integration.
Could Your Organization Use a Leadership Booster Shot?
Written by: Woody Spring and John Larson
The benefits of DAU’s Acquisition Leadership Development Workshops. This training series mixes hard-hitting content and practical exercises typical of workplace challenges.
Can Life-Cycle Cost Evaluations Be Revived?
Value Adjusted Total Evaluated Price Could Be the Answer
Written by: Scott Gilbreth
The use of life-cycle cost (LCC) evaluations is resisted because they are only estimates and extend beyond a contract’s life. Can the trade-off offered by Value Adjusted Total Evaluated Price breathe new life into LCC?
Army Pursuit of Innovation Through Rapid Prototyping
Written by: Richard E. Hott and Christina M. Bates
Rapid prototyping allows project managers to see and feel a potential capability prior to the acquisition process. This permits modifications at the most costefficient moment, early in development.
Solving Supply Problems
Written by: Tom Gerbe
Searches for items often are conducted without the proper tools to find them. A commercial supply-problem data provider may be located via a Google search for a contract or item—indicating a lack of success with government-provided tools.
Tools for Deciphering Best Value
Written by: William Sims Curry
Sustained protests of contract selections over a 2-year period revealed a pertinent weakness not mentioned in the reports: The decision matrices presented to the selection authority often were cryptic or failed to facilitate technical and/or cost trade-off decisions.
Future-Proof Your Program
Written by: Roy Wood, Ph.D.
A program may need to be futureproofed. What looked good 5 or 10 years ago no longer may apply. Intelligence briefings are needed on specific threats addressed by a program. Advice and evolutionary practices can help ensure that there is a design margin.