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Earned Value Management

Earned Value Management (EVM) is a project management process for measuring project progress in an objective manner. EVM has the ability to combine measurements of scope, schedule, and cost in a single integrated system. When properly applied, EVM provides an early warning of performance problems. Additionally, EVM promises to improve the definition of project scope, prevent scope creep, communicate objective progress to stakeholders, and keep the project team focused on achieving progress. 

Read If the Pharaoh had only used an Earned Value System in Building the Pyramids, to get a better understanding of Earned Value Management and check out our EVM references below for additional information.

Reference Document
PARCA Agile and Earned Value Management: A Program Manager's Desk Guide

16 April 2018
  • Update to the PARCA Agile and EVM Program Manager's Desk Guide. 
  • The document adds two new sections on Integrated Baseline Reviews and Metrics.
DoD EVM Interpretation Guide (EVMIG)

18 January 2019
  • Provides the overarching DoD interpretation of the 32 Guidelines where an EVMS requirement is applied.
  • Authoritative source for EVMS interpretive guidance.
  • Provides a consistent basis to assist the government and the contractor in implementing and maintaining an acceptable EVMS
  • Basis for the DoD to assess EVMS compliance to the 32 Guidelines.
DoD EVM System Implementation Guide (EVMSIG)

14 March 2019
  • Provides the overarching DoD interpretation of the Guidelines where an EVMS requirement is applied
Cost and Hour Report (FlexFile)

15 November 2017
  • DoD system for collecting actual costs and hours related business data as part of the Cost and Software Data Reporting (CSDR). 
  • The FlexFile is structured around seven Data Groups that define the content required for the submission of FlexFile actual costs and related business data.
Work Breakdown Structures for Defense Materiel Items

Revision D

09 April 2018
  • Presents direction for effectively preparing, understanding, and presenting a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). 
  • Provides the framework for Department of Defense (DoD) Program Managers to define their program's WBS and to defense contractors in their application and extension of the contract's WBS.
DAU Aquipedia EVMS Surveillance
  • Excellent summary of DCMA compliance / surveillance, including definitions, review process, and on-site reviews; Defense Acquisition Guidebook, policies, directives, regulations, laws; best practices, lessons learned, stories, guides, handbooks, templates, examples, tools; training resources, communities, & related articles.

DAU Program Manager's E-Tool Kit

  • Details the Program Manager's role in these areas of Acquisition Management: International Acquisition, Funds Management, Contracting, Defense Industry Business Management, Logistics, Organization, Manufacturing, Test and Evaluation, Planning and Control Tools, Risk Management, Systems Engineering, and Software.
  • Discusses Leadership and Managerial Skills & Problem-Solving Tools.
DoD Directive, The Defense Acquisition System

20 November 2007
  • Provides managerial principles and mandatory policies and procedures for managing all acquisition programs.
DoD Instruction, Operation of the Defense Acquisition System

8 December 2008
  • Establishes a simplified and flexible management framework for translating needs and opportunities into stable, affordable, and well-managed acquisition programs.
  • Authorizes Milestone Decision Authorities (MDAs) to tailor the regulatory information requirements and acquisition process procedures in this document to achieve cost, schedule, and performance goals.
Continuous Process Improvement Transformation Guidebook

May 2006
  • Discusses the five areas of Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) within the DoD realm: Fundamental Concepts of CPI, CPI Deployment Cycle, Operational Plan, Change Management, and Metrics.
  • Discusses CPI roles and responsibilities.
Cost and Software Data Reporting (CSDR) Manual

18 April 2007
  • Discusses general and specific reporting requirements, stakeholder responsibilities, CSDR planning and execution, and the DACIMS web repository.
Designing and Assessing Supportability in DoD Weapons Systems: A Guide to Increased Reliability and Reduced Logistics Footprint

24 October 2003
  • Discusses system design through application of the System Operational Effectiveness (SOE) concept and supportability assessment through the life cycle of the program.
DAU Introduction to the Defense Acquisition Management, Ninth Edition

September 2009
  • Discusses the Defense Acquisition environment, program management, roles and responsibilities, DoD Acquisition policy, the process of determining Joint Warfighter needs, the Defense Acquisition Management System, and the resource allocation process.
DAU Joint Program Management Handbook

July 2004
  • Discusses management arrangements for joint programs, program management issues in a joint environment, policy and oversight implications for joint programs, determining joint military capability needs, and interagency program management.
DoD Risk Management Guide for DoD Acquisition

August 2006
  • Details the risk management process and model for DoD Acquisition.

Earned Value Management (EVMS) & Project Analysis Standard Operating Procedure (EPASOP)

March 2014

  • This EVMS and Project Analysis Standard Operating Procedure (EPASOP) will serve as a reference for MA-631 when conducting project-level data analysis to support Monthly Project Assessments and other assessment needs. This SOP refers to several Project Assessment and Reporting System (PARS II) reports and provides instruction on interpretation of data to support project performance, predictive analysis, and identification of concerns with the contractor's EVMS. The results of the analysis and tools herein also support MA-632 EVMS Stage 1 surveillance (reference ESSOP), and any other project assessments where EVMS is contractually required.
NDIA Earned Value Management Systems ANSI/EIA-748-C Intent Guide

29 April 2014
  • The US National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) maintains and publishes an ANSI-748 Intent Guide that includes a section for each of the 32 Guidelines that describes:
      • Management Value
      • Intent
      • Typical Attributes
      • Objective evidence may be found in these typical outputs
PARCA CPR File Viewer

August 2012
  • OSD/AT&L and the DCARC has made available a Windows desktop application that provides the ability to read, examine, graph, validate, and export data from machine readable CPR formats (TRN, XML and WSA). You can download this standalone Windows desktop application by clicking the link to the left.