Can Agile Methodologies Be Used Effectively Together With EVM?
Mark Tolbert, PMP, PMI-ACP
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There is a tremendous push in the last couple of years to use Agile methodologies along with Earned Value (EVM), or at least investigate how the two methodologies can be used together. It appears the Federal government is pushing hard for the two methodologies be used together in certain programs. At several College of Performance Management (CPM) meetings in the Washington, DC area in the past year, this topic has been explored in some length. PMI® believes this is very possible, and the PMI-ACP certification exam (Agile Certified Practitioner) requires an understanding of how to use EVM techniques inside of Agile, and measure variances (CV and SV), performance indices (CPI and SPI), and do forecasting with EVM for Agile projects. If you Google Agile and EVM, you will find many articles explaining exactly how to do this. But does it really make sense to do this? Are not the two methodologies really at different ends of the spectrum as an approach to managing projects? Are there any real examples of people managing Agile projects who are also using EVM effectively? If the two approaches are at odds with each other, is one methodology better than another for most projects, and to be preferred? These questions and topics will be explored in our presentation.
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About the Speaker
Mark Tolbert, PMP, PMI-ACP
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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