This joint industry and government working group focuses on the application of EVMS in an agile development environment. The working group provides a forum to exchange views and information as well as provide guidance and direction for projects that have adopted the agile development methodology.
The working group authored an Industry practice guide for Agile on Earned Value Management Programs.
Agile has emerged as the leading industry software development methodology, and has seen growing adoption across the DoD and other federal agencies. The demand for responsiveness and efficiency extends to all aspects of system development and delivery, starting with negotiation of the contract, applicable Contract Data Requirements Lists (CDRLs), and effective implementation of Earned Value Management (EVM). The EVM system must support these changing demands while enabling cost and schedule performance measurement against the Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB). This need creates challenges to applying EVM to Agile development programs. This guide was created to address these challenges.
The guide provides practices drawn from lessons learned by multiple aerospace and defense firms and their software development activities. It discusses a recommended approach for the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), Integrated Master Plan (IMP) and Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) content, Control Accounts (CA), Work Packages (WP), and Planning Packages (PP) to be used on an Agile development program. It also discusses program performance measurement in an Agile iterative development framework along with baseline change control.
Download the guide here.