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Practice Symposia

The content of the Practice Symposia is comprised of sessions structured around eight categories that will relate to the 2018 IPM Workshop theme of Providing Intelligent Pathways for Management and Leadership.  Refer to the Speaker Requirements Document for more details.

Current Program Schedule – To come

Topic areas are:

Science & Integrated Program Management (IPM) System Definition

Contracting and Project Start-up

    1. Project transition and start-up planning and activities
    2. Integration of subcontractor and prime contractor practices and data
    3. Finalizing the implementation of EVM on a Task Order Contract
    4. Scaling and tailoring alternatives for the program
    5. Effective project communication
      1. Effective project storytelling techniques
      2. Improving project communication
    6. Engagement of executive management and stakeholders
    7. Going from the proposal BOEs to the initial baseline in execution
    8. Identifying and staffing the program with the right resources

 Performance Measurement

    1. Implementing an effective performance measurement program
    2. Predictive Measures
    3. Technical performance measurement planning and metrics
    4. Business and mission outcome management
    5. Selling the value of the technical outcomes
    6. How do all technical, schedule and cost measures tell an integrated story
    7. Solutions to capture metrics to improve processes and practices

Project Scheduling

    1. Integrated Master Plan (IMP) and Integrated Master Schedule (IMS)
    2. Best practices
    3. Planning and baselining
    4. Simulation
    5. Using risk details as the basis for schedule analysis and simulation
    6. Statusing, forecasting, and analysis
    7. Critical and driving path analysis
    8. Integration of risk management with schedule and resource management

System Validation, IBRs and Surveillance Reviews

    1. Preparing the team (e.g., training, mock interviews, data traces)
    2. Validation Reviews, IBRs, and Surveillance Reviews
    3. System vs. Program Surveillance
    4. Internal and External Surveillance

Analysis and Reporting

    1. BOEs vs. ETCs
    2. Formal (e.g., IPMR) vs. internal analysis and reporting
    3. Executive/Enterprise vs. Portfolio vs. Project analysis and reporting
    4. Using EVM for corrective action, in addition verifying planning “accuracy”
    5. The right set of reports for the right team (analysis and reporting maturity)
    6. Funding vs. budget management
    7. CSDR

Agile Integration

    1. Educating the Non-Agile Community on Agile, from the Agile perspective (Fundamental Agile and EVM concepts for beginners)
    2. How does a contractor with a new Agile and EVM contracting requirement get started?
    3. Product Increment Planning, Roadmap and Relationship to PMB (from the PM and / or System Engineering Perspective)
    4. Contracting for Agile and EVM and Negotiating the CDRL list (SOO vs SOW)
    5. Examples of Schedule execution and vertical traceability from the EVM Hierarchy through the Agile Hierarchy to drive EV (BCWP) reporting
    6. Tracing of Agile technical progress and practices to traditional EVM measurement techniques
    7. Managing change, Rework, Spikes and impact to Forecasting / ETC
    8. Examples of execution and managing scope of the end product (user stories “how”, features / product = “scope”) (SOO vs SOW)
    9. Agile and EVM panel (seeking panelists who have both executed agile and EVM contracts and participated in the various community initiatives – NDIA, PARCA / DCMA training, GAO, etc.  Seeking abstracts summarizing experience from both PMs and EVM practitioners)


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