Technomics explored new opportunities and shared best practices in the area of performance management by making their first appearance at the 31st annual Integrated Performance Management Workshop (IPMW) held in Baltimore, MD in mid-December. Hosted by the College of Performance Management (CPM), the workshop provided our analysts the ability to speak with Earned Value Management (EVM) practitioners from both industry and federal client spaces. This year, Technomics sent Katie Dolinger and Eric Cohen to discuss the current issues with EVM Systems data collection, hear from EVM software vendors about current technology advancements, learn about innovative performance management and agile development research, and attend in depth training sessions. These technical sessions included information on establishing baselines, cost estimation, schedule analysis, data visualization, scope management, and various other EVMS related topics.

Katie and Eric were able to provide unique perspectives to the open forum discussions regarding current barriers for data collection and the revision of data reporting formats, which has been a hot topic of discussion for the Department of Defense cost community. Their unique analytical application of EVM data conveyed the importance of detailed data requirements not just for program management, but to support future estimates.

The IPMW attendees were fortunate enough to hear from two keynote speakers, Navy Vice Adm. David H. Lewis, the Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) and Air Force Brig. Gen. David W. Abba, the Director of the F-35 Integration Office . Each speaker provided a distinctive viewpoint on EVMS and the importance of managing program risks to develop capable solutions. It is their hope that these solutions will outpace the adversary and place improved warfighting technology into the hands of the warfighter as swiftly as possible. The concept of rapidly responding to our clients’ high priorities while maintaining affordability and minimizing risk is a challenge, but one that must be tackled for the sake of national security. This challenge calls for government and industry to work together towards a streamlined process of contract execution. What better way to begin working towards this goal than advancements in EVM?

The knowledge extracted from the IPMW by Technomics analysts will undoubtedly bring value to our clients. Katie and Eric have already started disseminating their lessons learned in Baltimore to their colleagues and stirring up excitement for next year’s 32nd annual Integrated Performance Management Workshop!