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A Simplified Earned Value Management Approach

Earned Value Management & Hardware Track

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EVM&HW-4 Tiffany Paper Simplifying EVM


Many organizations, especially agencies and departments within the federal government, are struggling with requirements to implement Earned Value Management Systems quickly. At the same time, issues such as culture, training and system architecture, have stymied those trying to respond to these new requirements in a timely manner. This presentation identifies many of the roadblocks to implementing EVM, and provides some ideas to bridge the gap until fully compliant EVM systems are attainable. Some very basic EVM principles and analysis will be discussed to show that simplified EVM may not be that hard to implement, after all.


Dorothy Tiffany
Dorothy Tiffany is the Project Manager and Co-Chair of the NASA Project Management Challenge Conference. She is also responsible for developing new projects and their teams as the Business Manager of the Advanced Concepts and Formulation Office at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She is a frequent conference speaker and faculty member for the NASA Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership in the fields of project management, earned value management, budgeting and effective communications.
She previously managed the business operations of numerous large satellite development projects, including Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation, Laser Interferometer Space Antenna, Space Technology-5, Polar Operational Environmental Satellite, Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, Tracking and Data Relay Satellite and Landsat. She also directed GSFC’s Financial Management Division and Accounting Branch, instituting major information system reforms with the voucher examination and payment process.
Ms. Tiffany was awarded two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for her work in finance and project management and has been recognized for her efforts in mentoring and diversity. Ms. Tiffany earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland, a Certificate in Project Management from Boston University and a Certificate in Technology Management from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Ms. Tiffany is a member of PMI, the College of Performance Management, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.