Integrated Program Management Division Meeting Planned for In-Person and Virtual

The Winter 2022 National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Integrated Program Management Division Meeting will be held both in-person and virtually on January 26-27, 2022. Registration is now open.

The event will be at L3Harris Technologies in Palm Bay, Florida. In-person seating is limited.

The Integrated Program Management Division is the primary forum for exchanging views and information to promote and communicate integrated program management best practices. The IPMD actively works to foster a mutual understanding and effective working relationships between industry and government regarding the development, documentation, and maintenance of effective integrated program management processes.

Program Management Presentations Available On Demand

NDIA is offering on-demand online recordings of presentations from the Virtual Fall 2021 Integrated Program Management Division (IPMD) Meeting. You must register to access the presentations. This is a great way to gain valuable insights from the IPM community on your own schedule.

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NDIA Integrated Program Management Division Meeting September 21

The NDIA Integrated Program Management Division will host their fall meeting on Tuesday, September 21. The IPMD meeting will be an online event and registration is open.

Get updates on cybersecurity maturity model certification, CAPE and much more.  This event is always informative for earned value management project managers and other federal project managers.

Registration is open at the NDIA website.

EVMS Self Certification

Samos Advisors Successfully Conducts 3rd Party EVMS Self-Certification for C-HIT

Samos Advisors LLC has completed a successful 3rd Party EVMS (Earned Value Management System) Self-Certification Assessment for C-HIT (Chenega Corporation – Information Technology & Services).

C-HIT is a software development and consulting company that delivers comprehensive solutions for healthcare clients. A key federal client is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The company hired Samos Advisors to be able to serve additional U.S. government agencies and to expand its existing program management capabilities.

Samos Advisors conducted an independent assessment of the existing EVMS practice. C-HIT did not have an EVMS that has been determined by the Cognizant Federal Agency (CFA) to be compliant with the guidelines in Electronic Industries Alliance Standard 748 (EIA-748) as outlined in FAR clause 52.234-4 Earned Value Management System.

Basil Soutos, Samos Advisors’ CEO with over 35+ years of EVM system implementation experience, conducted a comprehensive review of C-HIT’s existing EVMS policies and processes. He also evaluated the implementation practices of two C-HIT contacts with an EVMS reporting requirement.

Samos Advisors used widely accepted NDIA (National Defense Industrial Association) guides and DoD EVMS Self-Certification practices to determine EVMS compliance. The thorough assessment involved C-HIT stakeholders such as corporate leadership, control account managers, financial and project controls staff members, to determine EVMS Self-Certification.

The review included:

  • Determine if existing EVMS policies and processes are compliant with EIA-748 (Standard for EVMS) and/or client EVMS reporting requirements
  • Conduct standardized interviews to evaluate team members’ EVMS implementation practices in accordance with corporate EVMS policies and/or procedures
  • Assess if the corporate culture and project teams embrace the use of EVMS as an integrated project management process for managing scope, schedule, budget and risk
  • Identify EVM system deficiencies and/or management process improvements
  • Review and approve contractor Corrective Action Management Plan (CAMP)
  • Issue 3rd Party EVMS Self-Certification Acceptance Letter upon CAMP completion

For more information about how your company can benefit from a 3rd Party EVMS Self-Certification or implement a EVM system complaint practice, contact Basil Soutos, Samos Advisors, at 703-409-5941 or bsoutos@samosadvisors.com.

ICEAA Online Workshop

ICEAA Offers First Online Workshop

The International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA) has planned its first Online Workshop. The vent includes four half-days of general sessions, breakout sessions, and opportunities to connect with companies that provide the tools and services.

The event will be May 17-20. Registration is open.

ICEAA is a nonprofit organization that strives to promote and to enhance the profession of cost estimating and analysis with the primary goal of fostering the professional growth of our members in cost estimating, cost analysis, and allied fields. ICEAA is represented locally by more than 20 chapters nationwide and international affiliates in Australia, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Happy Holidays from Samos Advisors

Happy Holidays

Wishing you peace, love, and joy this holiday season and throughout 2021.

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Samos Advisors Celebrates 8 Years of EVMS Success

Samos Advisors’ dedicated team of professionals is marking eight years of success supporting DoD, DOE and HHS/CMS earned value management system projects. The team is using this milestone as an opportunity to appreciate their clients.

Samos Advisors provides EVMS solutions to a range of clients working on government contracts. Services include proposal management services, project management services, and earned value management services.

The company was founded to provide immediate return-on-investment (ROI) to clients with just in time solutions and long-term support that transforms the way companies capture and manage earned value management system projects.

Samos Advisors is a management consulting company dedicated to helping clients capture more business and execute more efficiently and effectively. Samos Advisors professionals combine technical expertise with business pragmatism in highly regulated markets. In the process, the team has become trusted advisors to the world’s top businesses, governments, and institutions.

“Our work force continues to deliver EVMS excellence in proposal development, schedule and cost baseline development, facilitate IBRs, EVMS training, readiness and conduct of EVMS Surveillance and Certification,” said Basil Soutos, founder and chief executive officer.

The Samos team includes industry recognized leaders with a broad diversity of educational and professional backgrounds—all bound by a shared passion for problem solving and a drive to have significant impact for clients. The multi-disciplined team has experience across sectors, industries, and agencies.

Support is also provided via a blog. Posts share key EVMS and project management skills and development opportunities.

In another contribution to the EVMS professional community, the company has developed an EVMS resources library intended to better educate professionals on EVMS. It includes key EVMS policy links to government agencies and industry.

Organizations that want to know more about how to partner with Samos Advisors to tap into a complete range of proposal and EVMS and project management services are invited to contact Samos Advisors today.

NDIA Webinar

NDIA’s Integrated Program Management Division Offers “State of the IPMD”

Registration is now open to NDIA members for the upcoming virtual NDIA-IPMD Government and Industry EVM Update taking place on Monday, October 5, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm EDT.

Details are posted at the NDIA website.

NDIA Webinar

Integrated Program Management Data and Analysis Report Webinar

Join the NDIA Integrated Program Management (IPM) Division for a webinar on Monday, April 27, 2020, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm EST on the newly released Integrated Program Management Data and Analysis Report (IPMDAR). Get your questions answered during by a panel of industry and government leaders. Register at the NDIA site.

Keep Your EVMS Project on Track

Keep Your Project on Track During the COVID-19 Pandemic

First, let me express my hope that you and those you care about are all safe and well. These are unprecedented times, but by looking out for one another we will get through it.

You are likely working remotely and may be wondering how you can provide the best value to your organization and projects when many tasks may be suspended. This is an excellent time for a review of the EVMS fundamental documents and processes related to current projects.

EVMS Documents and Processes to Review

  • EVMS 2020 process improvement plan and schedule
  • EVMS policies and procedures
  • EVMS training materials
  • EVMS surveillance plan
  • EVMS certification procedure and schedule
  • Integrated Baseline Review (IBR) training material
  • Project Managers and Control Account Mangers EVMS training material (e.g. CAM interviews, questionnaires)
  • Project Execution Management Plans
  • Risk and Opportunity Management procedures and risk register
  • EVMS Reporting requirements and status (there may be additional requirements for today’s environment)

Now that work had largely moved online and report, this is also a good time to assess your project tools. Do you still have the right toolset? Are there efficiencies to explore?

Need help?

Samos Advisors EVMS experts are available for a free consultation to help you navigate the impact that COVID-19 is having on your project. Call us today at 703-409-5940 to arrange your free consulting session.