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The Earned Value Management Qualification

For those of a nervous nature – look away now…

For Project Managers only

I took great interest in the launch of Earned Value Management qualification by the APM Group in June this year. At last, a step toward ‘growing up’ and thinking about using EV as a control tool rather than just a reporting tool (” I’m only using it because management/customer insists”).

If projects were your personal investment fund, wouldn’t you want to know the answer to the question “what did we get for the money we spent?”

Of course, you would.

If you hired a handyman to fix something in your home, and their response to your question “why is this so expensive” was, “well mate, it took me over 4 hours”, you might feel sympathy, but you really want to know if they completed the job so you get value for money!

Earned Value Management Qualification

Earned Value Management Qualification

The third variable is Earned Value of course, which is the planned cost of an activity multiplied by the percentage complete. So a £1000 activity that is 50% complete means you’ve ‘earned’ £500.

The easiest way to determine your progress is to base all your interpretation from the standpoint of the Earned Value amount. If the planned cost amount is more than your EV amount – then you’re behind schedule (and vice-versa).

If your Actual cost is more than your EV, then you’re overspending (and vice versa).

Okay, so this is not a tutorial on EV (Earned Value Management) but I hope I’ve whetted your appetite to make better friends with this invaluable project management control tool.

Project Management Earned Value

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Earned value management (EVM), earned value project management, or earned value performance management (EVPM) is a project management technique for measuring project performance and progress in an objective manner.

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About the teacher

Dave Litten

Dave spent 25+ years as a senior project manager for UK and USA multinationals and has deep experience in project management. He now develops a wide range of Project Management Masterclasses, under the Projex Academy brand name. In addition, David runs project management training seminars across the world, and is a prolific writer on the many topics of project management.

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