The content of the Practice Symposia is comprised of 36 sessions structured around eight tracks that will relate to the 2016 IPM Workshop theme of From C/S2 to EVM to IPPM: The Next Generation of Integrated Program Performance Management.

Potential topic areas are:

  • Team Development
    1. Development of the next generation of practitioners
    2. Career development and tips and tricks
    3. Effective mentor and protégé relationships
    4. Successful career management practices
  • Integrated Program Management (IPM) System Definition
    1. Development and maintenance of EVM System
    2. Development and maintenance of IPM System for non-EVM programs
    3. Balancing extreme EVM System needs with “Regular” IPM System needs
    4. Scaling and tailoring alternatives
    5. Process Discipline Integration (e.g. Lean, Six Sigma, CMMI)
    6. Integration of other key process disciplines (e.g, risk management)
  • 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
  • Cost Estimating Track – Coordinated by ICEAA
  • 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: With the publication of the NDIA IPMD Agile and EVM best practices guide in January 2016 it is intended for the Agile Track to be built upon the implementation, lessons learned, advantages of executing the latest documented best practices.  Please consider the bullets below and how business has evolved based on the community initiatives.  (
    1. Educating the Non-Agile Community on Agile, from the Agile perspective (Agile and EVM for beginners – terms and concepts and basic example)
    2. Contracting for Agile and EVM and Negotiating the CDRL list
    3. Schedule execution and vertical traceability from the EVM Hierarchy through the Agile Hierarchy to drive EV (BCWP) reporting
    4. Alignment of Agile technical progress and practices with traditional EVM measurement techniques
    5. Managing change, Rework and Forecasting / ETC
    6. How does a contractor with a new Agile and EVM contracting requirement get started?
    7. How does an Agile PM Think? Do Agile processes drive EVM or do EVM processes drive Agile?
    8. 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)