Fundamentals of Applying Earned Value Management on Agile Programs

Love it or hate it Earned Value Management (EVM) is a reality on many Government programs.  Yet people in both the EVM and Agile communities have been heard to say that EVM and Agile were inherently incompatible.  Hogwash.  We’ve been doing it for years.  In fact, not only is Agile compatible with EVM, but Agile provides extremely rigorous data for determining percent complete and for forecasting. This briefing will describe core principles and techniques for performing EVM on Agile programs.  The methods described show how the natural working of Agile teams developing Epics, Features, and Stories can provide the underpinnings for EVM metrics.  The briefing will also include lessons learned and remaining challenges as we work with our government partners to define common guidelines.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

Key topics will include

  • Why we need to perform EVM on Government programs
  • Core EVM concepts
  • Using the Agile backlog and roadmap to underpin the Performance Measurement Baseline
  • Using Features and Stories to compute EVM percent complete
  • Lessons Learned & current challenges
  • Broader government and industry perspectives

Learning Outcome

An understanding that EVM requirements on Government programs are not a barrier to Agile adoption.   

An understanding of the core principles for effectively computing EVM metrics on Agile programs.

Target Audience

Leaders, Program Managers, Coaches supporting Government programs, Anyone working Agile programs with EVM requirements

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