Posted by: EVMConsulting.Com | December 10, 2008

2008: What a Year!

Sorry I haven’t written in a while. It has been a very busy year and now 2008 is coming to an end.

It was a very busy year full of big challenges, but also great opportunities. It was a chaotic year outside of our industry in the world financial markets, but also within our industry regarding the precarious nature of defense funding moving forward.

Let’s see. I have  been training and setting up EVMS at our site here and we had to get an entire team (100+) ready for an IBR, something they had no clue about. It was a challenging year to say the least. Additionally, we had two detail planning sessions and had to find a scheduler in a very short period of time. Thank goodness a former associate accepted our offer just before the IBR. It was exciting! IBR was successful, but we have another one to prepare for next spring. We are not out of the woods yet.

Now I am in the middle of doing another detail plan for the new contract extension for the end of the year. We expect a brand new contact in the spring of next year that will have all 5 formats (as opposed to only 2-Formats 1 & 5). They will be looking carefully at the DID’s to make sure we are adhering to our System Description and of course 32 Criteria. As many of you know, the hard part isn’t so much the work as it making sure Program Management is on board. This can easily be the most challenging part. Everyone associates EVMS with FCS, which is a real shame. FCS and Earned Value Management are not synonymous. It is a large developmental program that uses EV, but clearly not the playbook everyone should be using.

I have fielded a lot of phone calls recently from consultants and companies looking for good EV folks. Keep the emails coming. I will be sure to reach out to you if I know of any good people that become available. It is definitely hard to find good folks and sometimes you don’t know if they are good until they are hired. It is pretty easy to get hired in the EVMS world, but you need to know what you are doing. You can email me at Darryl@PlayBaltimore.com if you have a position you are recruiting for or if you just need some EV advice, I would be more than happy to help if I can and it doesn’t violate any company policies (I work for one of the bigger defense companies).

I have also received a few inquiries from companies outside of DoD land: Dept of Energy, Transportation, etc. This is a very positive development because I think good (but not overly cumbersome) EV principles can be put to good use on other government contracts. And as you can tell from watching the news, I think we will be seeing a lot of government contracts moving forward.

Finally, I was wondering if anyone out there knew what happened to wInsight web. Prior to Deltek (http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=PROJ) buying wInsight, I believe it was a great tool but not sure if Deltek is currently using it or not. I guess I could just pick up the phone too, but it would be nice to hear from you.

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Happy Holidays to Everyone!

Until Next Time…

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