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Series on Earned Value Management: PARCA: The Next Generation of Earned Value Management

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By Karen A. Kostelnik

USA
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“All programs deserve to be program managed; Earned Value Management is one of the program management tools that can be used by all program team members,” Mr. Gordon Kranz.

Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses (PARCA) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition is an exciting place to be. Both Mr. Gary Bliss, Director of PARCA and Mr. Gordon Kranz, Deputy Director for Earned Value Management in PARCA, are visionary leaders who believe in Earned Value Management (EVM) and the benefits it provides DoD programs. Mr. Kranz’s office serves as the Department of Defense focal point for all policy, guidance, and competency relating to Earned Value Management (EVM). EVM is one of DoD’s and industry’s most powerful integrated program management tools used by the government and industry program managers and their teams to support decision making as they navigate the day-to-day constraints and risks that all DoD programs face.

PARCA EVM’s vision is to foster cross functional situational awareness, visibility, and accountability through integrated program management at all levels of the acquisition community.  The department was founded on the following Guiding Principles:

  • Increase the quality and utility of EVM data
  • Increase the use of EVM across the acquisition chain
  • Improve acquisition professionals’ ability to utilize EVM
  • Reduce Contractor’s administrative burden of inefficient use of EVM
  • Ensure constructive 2-way communication between DoD and Industry
  • EVMS is perceived by all stakeholders to be cost effective

These principles drive the activities of Mr. Kranz and his team. Last summer, PARCA released the Integrated Program Management Report Data Item Description (IPMR DID). The IPMR DID combined and replaced the Contract Performance Report and Integrated Master Schedule DID’s and requires data to be submitted in UN/CEFACT XML data schema. The integrated report and focused requirements reduces the reporting burden on contractors. The receipt of the data in XML format means that analysts and other consumers of the data do not need to have the native tools to view and analyze the data.

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Editor’s note: This series of articles, some previously published in The Measurable News, is provided by the College of Performance Management (CPM), the world’s leading professional organization devoted to integrated project and program performance management.  More information about CPM can be found at www.mycpm.org.


About the Author

flag-usapmwj21-apr2014-Kostelnik-AUTHOR IMAGEKaren A. Kostelnik

Virginia, USA

Ms. Karen A. Kostelnik supports Mr. Gordon Kranz, the Deputy Director for Earned Value Management, Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Department of Defense (DoD), Government of the United States of America. Mr. Kranz’s office serves as the DoD focal point for all policy, guidance, and competency relating to Earned Value Management. Ms. Kostelnik holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, USA.  She has 20 years of experience in the areas of program execution, organizational management, and financial analysis.