APM (Agile Project Management) versus the PMBOK Guide and EVM (Earned Value Management)

APM (Agile Project Management) versus the PMBOK Guide and EVM (Earned Value Management)


Mark Tolbert, PMP, PMI-ACP

Senior Instructor
Best Practices Training, LLC

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Since the publishing of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development in February of 2001, Agile Project Management has gained increasing attention and popularity. Today, APM is being used for projects far beyond just software development: it is also being used for new product development in areas as diverse as automobiles, pharmaceuticals, and integrated circuits. PMI has also taken notice, and in September of this year – 2012 – offered testing foran Agile certification, the “PMI-ACP.” The traditional focus for APM has been to manage projects where requirements are very volatile, and there is a great need to deliver value to the customer as quickly as possible. At first glance, there are many differences between the Agile approach compared to the ‘traditional’ approach taught in the PMBOK Guide, especially where Earned Value Management is emphasized. Principles of the Agile Manifesto are:
  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan
The “Traditional Approach” (emphasized in the version four of the PMBOK Guide) emphasizes:
  • Satisfying the ‘triple constraints’
  • Planning thoroughly: creating a WBS, and creating baselines
  • Measuring our progress against the baselines, and performing ‘corrective actions’ to get back on plan
  • Using Earned Value as the preferred way to do monitoring & controlling
  • Following formal change management and configuration management procedures
How compatible are these two approaches? This presentation will discuss some of the common misunderstandings of differences between these two approaches, and also, willexplore the areas where the two approaches really do go in different directions.
Event Location

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA, 22202

Agenda and Cost:


Immediately before the Fairview Park Dinner meeting. at 5:30pm.
Special Instructions

Preregistration is required at this PM Tools session. To ensure adequate space for our guests, we began requiring preregistration and a small fee for PM Tools in October 2011.

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

About the Speakers

Mark Tolbert, PMP, PMI-ACP

Best Practices Training, LLC
Senior Instructor

Mark Tolbert is a certified PMP, and also a PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner). Mark brings more than 25 years of practical project and program management expertise to the classroom and is methodical about transferring his knowledge and best practices for studying for the PMP Certification Exam each and every time he teaches a class. Mark is very passionate about project management and believes adopting the best project management practices and skills is crucial to the success of enterprises today.

Since November 2003, Mark has taught courses in PMP Certification Prep, project management, and Agile project management to clients around the globe including the Project Management Institute Washington, DC Chapter (PMIWDC), the U.S Bureau of the Census, BRMI, Henkel Corporation, Vista Technologies, Human Solutions Corporation, Providge Consulting and open enrollment programs across the United States. The majority of his PMP Prep students have a first-time success rate for PMP students in his classes has consistently exceeded 95%.

Prior to teaching, Mark spent 27 years at Hewlett-Packard where he successfully managed support programs and project teams including a large E-Selling program, a multi-vendor support program for a large telecommunications company, data center relocation projects, and Mobile Device Management programs.

Mark has been an active PMIWDC Chapter member and volunteer for the past 21 years serving on a number of board positions including most recently (from 2009 through 2012) serving on the board as the Trustee for the chapter. He has also taught PMP Prep classes for the chapter membership for the past fifteen years.

Mark is a long-time resident of Northern Virginia and currently lives in Annandale with his wife Linda. They have three boys who are all working in information technology careers today.

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