IPM’s Integration Compliance features confirm integration, alignment & validation between the Cost and Schedule. It is vitality important to understand the results of the compliance checks and how to correct the issues it raises to ensure the health of the program baseline.
Our Integration Report performs dozens of checks to:
IPM performs all DCMA Data Integrity Checks PLUS additional checks to validate that cost data is accurate and compliant with Earned Value standards. The Cost Compliance Score Card checks all areas of cost and highlights discrepancies related to Budgets, Actuals, Performance and ETCs.
Earned value compliance is a cornerstone of the IPM toolset, whether it be cost and schedule integration, the DCMA 14-point schedule assessment or adherence to the 32 EVM guidelines. With the latest release to our IPM software, we have included a new module: DECM, the DCMA EVMS Compliance Metrics.
The intent of DECM process is to allow earned value data to be more objectively assessed and to create an environment where data is more consistent and accurate. Since these metrics emphasize trend analysis, as well as monthly reviews, it puts the focus on those areas that tend to have repeated issues, rather than a single period ‘blip.’
The DECM version 4.0 consists of 142 separate data checks (tests). Of these, IPM enables the automation of 74 of the checks even though the DECM documentation states that only 67 are expected to be automated. As IPM contains integrated cost/schedule data as well as supplemental EV documentation like the work authorizations, are we able to automate even more of these metrics.
The DECM module allows the user to provide updates to manual checks, review results of automated checks, and provide notes for all metrics. All metrics can be viewed based on the period of the selected data instance, as well as a trend of up to 6 months of historical data. A DECM ‘scorecard’ report is easily exported into Excel and is formatted for easy review.
As the DECM checks are continually being refined, our module within IPM will be kept up to date with the latest released metric requirements.