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The [Whole] Truth about ANSI-compliant EVMS

Earned Value Management Track



Over the past several years, there have been multiple presentations by government agency representatives and consultants alike that have characterized an EVMS that complies with the ANSI/EIA 748(B) Standard as simply “good project management,” and as such should not be that difficult for most successful government contractors to implement. It is true that the basic concepts and principles of EVM can absolutely be likened to sound project management. However, the costly, time-intensive process of implementing, validating, and then maintaining an “ANSI-compliant” EVM system is far and above what any contractor would do if it were not a contractual requirement that is also fully reimbursable. While the EVMS validation process can definitely stand to be improved, sending a message to contractors that downplays the expense and effort involved in achieving compliance with the ANSI Standard is fiscally irresponsible and borderline unethical. This presentation will attempt to examine the issue from both perspectives, and will cite specific examples and recommendations in an effort to convey the “whole truth about ANSI-compliant EVMS.”



Michael Nosbisch
Project Time & Cost, Inc.

Michael has over 24 years of experience in project management and controls within both the government and private sectors. He has worked for several of the leading engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firms in the industry, to include URS Corporation, Jacobs Engineering, Kiewit, and Parsons Corporation. In 2009, Michael joined a leading management consulting firm, SM&A, and was responsible for their successful EVM Compliance and Consulting practice. In May of 2011, he joined Project Time & Cost as Managing Principal, Western Region, and EVM Practice Lead, based in Long Beach, CA. Michael is also an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, teaching graduate level courses in heavy construction estimating and scheduling.

Michael was certified as a PMP in 1999. He has also been an active member of AACE International since 1999, earning numerous professional certifications as well as currently serving as Immediate Past President of the Association. In addition, Michael is an active member of both NDIA’s Program Management Systems Committee (PMSC) and the Energy Facility Contractor’s Group’s (EFCOG’s) Project Management Working Group (PMWG).