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 Working Groups and Other Activities 

Working Groups and Other Activities

The NDIA IPMD working groups are formed and disbanded as needed to proactively address current issues related to integrated program management. These working groups include representatives from industry and government to ensure various stakeholder interests are considered. The working groups are an excellent way to get involved with the IPMD activities, find out what other companies are doing related to integrated program management and EVM, and provide an opportunity to contribute to the EVM community - you can make a difference. Our leadership position in industry reflects our membership's commitment and dedication to continually enhance and promote the use of integrated program management and EVM. Most working groups conduct their activities via telecom or web meetings with occasional meetings that usually coincide with the quarterly committee meetings. For more information, contact the Working Group Leads.

  • Civilian Agency Industry Working Group (CAIWG)

    Working Group Co-chairs: Jerald Kerby, NASA, and Neil Albert, MCR, 

    This joint industry and federal government agency working group provides a forum for the open exchange of government and industry views on performance based management systems including Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS). Information about the working group objectives, points of contact, and documents can be found here:

  • Clearinghouse
    Working Group Leads: Mellissa Gilbert, Orbital, and Pete Wynne, Lockheed Martin, 

    This working group provides a forum for industry’s EVMS practitioners to raise and discuss EVMS or related issues. The goal is to identify common issues, gather facts and supporting data, formulate industry positions, and develop recommendations for issue resolution. This working group handles the process steps necessary to capture the facts and data and to develop mutually acceptable resolutions along with specific recommendations that can be presented to the IPMD board for further action.

    Working Group Documents:

  • Contracts
    Working Group Lead: Nick Pisano, Safran North America,

    This working group actively identifies and resolves contract issues that can impact project management such as DFARS clause enactments, EVM versus contract order of precedence including service level agreement (SLA) metrics and use of EVMS metrics in contracts tied to incentives and sanctions, Undefined Contract Actions (UCAs), Unpriced Change Orders (UCOs), and subcontractor compliance and surveillance, among others.

  • NDIA IPMD Guides
    Working Group Leads: Dan Butler, Raytheon, and Joan Ugljesa, NVG,

    This working group is responsible for maintaining the complementary documents to the ANSI/EIA 748 Standard. This includes the Intent Guide, System Acceptance Guide, Systems Application Guide, Guide to the IBR, and Surveillance Guide. 

  • Planning and Scheduling
    Working Group Leads: Carla Gilhuys, Northrop Grumman, and Yancy Qualls, Bell Helicopter,

    This working group is a collaborative environment for industry and government agencies to exchange views and information to promote common understanding as well as provide guidance and direction related to planning and scheduling (P&S) processes including earned value management.

    • Planning and Scheduling Excellence Guide (PASEG) Update
      The Planning and Scheduling Working Group (PSWG) will be updating the June 2012 edition of the guide.  The PASEG provides the program management team, including new and experienced master planner/schedulers, with practical approaches for building, using, and maintaining an Integrated Master Schedule (IMS). It also identifies knowledge, awareness, and processes that enable the user to achieve reasonable consistency and a standardized approach to project planning, scheduling and analysis.

      Please submit comments for this update to the working group using the change request form to by July 7, 2014.

      Planning and Scheduling Excellence Guide (PASEG)

      PASEG Change Request Form

  • Production/Manufacturing/Naval Construction (PMNC)
    Working Group Lead: John Kanicsar, Orbital, 

    The charter for this working group is to analyze EVM practices and processes on production contracts to provide a common understanding of terminology, processes, and earned value applications used in a production environment.

  • Program Management
    Working Group Leads: Bill Altman, Battelle, and Stewart Tague, United Technologies Aerospace Systems,

    The mission of this working group is to broaden the focus and membership of the IPMD to influence acquisition policy and share best practices among program management professionals in areas in addition to earned value management. With Industry and Government participants, this will be accomplished by: 1) update, as appropriate, IPMD charter and objectives to reflect broader focus; 2) recommend the formation of additional IPMD working groups to address a range of topics essential to successful program execution; 3) increase program manager participation in IPMD by broadening meeting topics appropriately; and 4) develop program management guides/white papers as appropriate.

    The Program Management Working Group has been developing a Predictive Measures Guide for the past year with a commenting period that ended on May 16. For those that provided inputs, thank you. These comments will now be dispositioned with the entire document available for a vote to be published in the Summer/Fall 2014. The review copy of the guide is still available.

  • Risk and Opportunity Management
    Working Group Lead: Steve Barnoske, Lockheed Martin,
  • This working group focuses on risk and opportunity management issues and topics that arise as a result of other working group activities, updates in agency policy, or recommended practices.  This working group frequently collaborates with the Clearinghouse and Planning and Scheduling working groups.

  • Services and Sustainment
    Working Group Leads: Jason Miller, Boeing, and Lisa Wolf, Booz Allen Hamilton, 

    The purpose of this working group is to investigate and document the useful application of EVM concepts to contracts containing sustainment work (Operations and Maintenance, Services, and other work typically treated as Level of Effort) for the purpose of improving stakeholder assessments of performance. The working group will focus on formulating recommendations on policy and guideline creation or modification, to include tailoring recommendations, implementation approaches, training material, and best practices.

Special Interest Topics

Special interest topics are also addressed at the quarterly meetings as various committee members are involved in other activities of interest to the IPMD community. Current topics include:

  • Data Integrity, OSD Central Repository
    The intent is to ensure the committee continues to interact with the people responsible for OSD's Central Repository (CR) for Contract Performance Reports (CPRs), Contract Funds Status Reports (CFSRs), and Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) data. This includes the latest data validation checks the CR is performing, common data quality issues that surface, and the formats used to post data to the CR including ANSI X12 and UN/CEFACT XML schema files.

  • NDIA Industrial Committee for Program Management (ICPM)
    This is a forum for senior executives of NDIA corporate member companies and senior DoD acquisition officials to meet periodically to review and discuss issues of common interest and concern. Topics for discussion include program and acquisition management policies, procedures, best practices, and issues which impact military systems development, procurement, and use. More information is available on the NDIA ICPM web site.

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