Earned Value Management System Standard Equivalence Agreement between NDIA (USA) and APM (UK)



13 March 2015 – London, UK – The Integrated Program Management Division (IPMD) of the National Defence Industrial Association [NDIA] and Association for Project Management [APM] met earlier this year to discuss the reaffirmation and expansion of the Earned Value Equivalence Agreement. NDIA, the voice of the United States Defence Industry and the direct link to the U.S. Government for Industry, and its IPMD are custodians of the EIA 748 standard for Earned Value Management in the United States.

150313-pmwj33-evm-IMAGE1APM, the voice of Project Management in the United Kingdom, are responsible for the APM U.K. Guidelines and Handbook for Earned Value. According to the announcement from the UK, ‘in this the year of the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary, a document of equal significance for the P3M community has been penned.’

Carol Boser, Chair of the NDIA IPMD, and Steve Wake, Chairman of APM and long-term champion of Earned Value, agreed to create a Memorandum of Understanding to foster closer collaboration on both sides of the Atlantic.

Steve will be presenting at the April 14-15 NDIA IPMD meeting in Washington, D.C., and outlining the EV landscape in the U.K.

150313-pmwj33-evm-IMAGE2NDIA IPMD will be attending the Putting down the roots for good governance #eVa20 conference, June 16 -17 in London with an update on the U.S. position.

These meetings will allow the foundational plans for collaborative work to be laid.

150313-pmwj33-evm-IMAGE32“More and more U.S. industries are conducting business in the U.K. on both U.S. and U.K. contracts, and they want to use EVM to manage best performance on their programmes,” said Carol Boser (pictured left).

“The EVM equivalence agreement allows companies working projects for both U.S. government agencies and for the U.K. MoD, to have a single EVM process for their business. This means underlying EVM Information Technology systems, training and certification programs, and the overall program operations can be common regardless of the customer. Overall, this leads to more efficient and affordable operations and savings for customers.”

150313-pmwj33-evm-IMAGE4“This important document reaffirms our joint commitment to Earned Value as the best way to structure and control the largest most important projects on the planet,” said Steve Wake. “It also means that anyone taking APM’s approved EV qualifications, via APMG, is making a strong investment in their own career against an internationally recognised standard. Qualifications which facilitate entry into the major project delivery communities of our generation”

NDIA, an association with a membership base of approximately 1,600 corporate members and 90,000 individual members across the spectrum of the defence and national industrial base, provides the opportunity to network effectively with the government-industry team, to keep abreast of the latest in technology developments, and to address and influence issues as well as government policies critical to the health of the defense industry and the preservation of the U.S. national security. NDIA promotes a vigorous and ethical forum of information exchange between the government and the defence industry and provides members with a voice in the shaping of national security issues. Information at http://www.ndia.org/

The NDIA IPMD is the primary forum for maintaining strong industry and government working relationships on the topic of program management. It promotes disciplined program performance management methodologies for planning and executing programs to optimize outcomes. Disciplined program performance management methodologies include earned value management (EVM), as defined in the EIA-748 Standard for Earned Value Management Systems, which the IPMD authored and maintains. The IPMD actively works to foster the mutual understanding and the effective development, implementation and use of disciplined program performance management methodologies. The IPMD initiates and leads program management improvement initiatives with the DOD and other federal agencies for the mutual benefit of the industrial base and the government to understand and adapt to changes in the procurement environment. For more info, click here.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than over 21,150 individual and 547 corporate members. The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More information at http://www.apm.org.uk/

Source: Association for Project Management