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Introduction to Earned Value Management

Lawrence P. Duss, PE

Course Outline

An early predecessor to EVM was a Navy generated program by Admiral Rickover and his team called Planning Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) and was applied very successfully to the Polaris submarine development and building program. This scheduling technique included resources but dealt primarily with task scheduling with little or no cost or other project parameters. A later civilian version was called Critical Path Method (CPM).

This Earned Value Management course outlines the base-lining of a project schedule that includes all, time and risk factors and how progress is measured against that baseline.

This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

This course should be helpful to all individuals involved in project development and reporting and especially for professionals early in their career whether employed by owners, contractors or consultants.

Benefit to Attendees

Course participants will learn the basics of Earned Value Management.

Course Introduction

A number of federal agencies including the Department of Defense and NASA as well as major corporations have understood the importance of applying EVM Principles to projects and subsequently have adopted the mandated use of the EVM system. As popularity and accountability grows, any individual associated with project development and/or research should become familiar with the proper use of EVM Principles. This course will provide those basic principles.

Course Content

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Introduction to Earned Value Management

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Course Summary

The student after having read the course contents should now have a basic understanding how EVM Principles apply to the development and management of a project. In this course all the pertinent project documents are called “deliverables”. Whatever documents or deliverables are used in compiling and updating a project schedule, the Project Manager and Project Team should have a complete understanding of the project criteria if properly managed will deliver the project to the owner or customer as expected.

Project criteria used in assembling and updating a schedule shall include but not be limited to the following documents:

The top ten reasons why projects are successful are:

Related Links and References

Program Evaluation and Review Technique – Wikipedia
Earned Value Management – USAID
Dept of Defense – EVM Implementation Guide
Buffalo School Systems – Johnson Controls
Beaver Dam Project – Wal-Mart


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.