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Schedule Management

Schedule Management is a key practice within the Project Management discipline. ECG has assisted numerous customers in conceptualizing, designing, implementing, and executing successful Schedule Management, including on extremely large programs. Included in this assistance has been the development of Schedule Management Strategies, detailed Schedule Management Plans, the implementation of scheduling software solutions, and schedule development and support, including design and development of large, complex Integrated Master Schedules (IMS). Best Practices and prevailing government standards – including those provided by the Department of Defense, NASA, Department of Energy, NDIA, GEIA, and GAO – are leveraged as part of our methodology.

With expertise in project planning and scheduling, ECG offers its clients in-depth experience in the design, development, integration, and analysis/reporting of detailed project schedules and multi-project schedules. Our staff is highly competent in Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) conceptualization and construction (product-oriented WBS in compliance with MIL-STD-881B), work package management, critical path analysis, resource and cost management, specialized reports (tailored to the customer’s needs), multi-project integration and common critical path analysis, “What-If” analysis, and Early Warning analysis. Schedule health analysis is also provided, including DCMA 14-Point Assessments.

PM Software Systems Implementation

ECG has provided leadership in the implementation and support of project management software solutions in the customer’s environment. Included are gap/requirements analysis, hardware and environment recommendations, software installation and testing, data migration and quality assurance, and training and documentation. Support has included user administration, data tables maintenance, and software upgrades.

Products implemented and supported have included:

  • Artemis products (9000/EX and Views)
  • Microsoft Project 2007/2010 Enterprise Program Management Solution (EPMS) (with Sharepoint & PWA)
  • Primavera products:
    • Primavera Enterprise (P3e)
    • Primavera 5.0 and 6.0
    • Primavera Release 8 with Oracle middleware (BI, Analytics, UCM)
    • P6 Web Application
    • Primavera Timesheets

Project Management Consulting

ECG has extensive experience in mentoring, coaching, and providing project management best practices consulting to program and project managers and their staff. This consulting includes:

  • Providing strategic vision and plans for project management implementation and/or improvement on projects and programs
  • Senior management training, coaching, mentoring
  • Project Management Best Practices consulting and documentation, tailored to the client’s environment and reflecting government and industry expertise, including the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK and the EIA/ANSI-748, as well as the GAO standards (Best Practices, scheduling guide)
  • Consulting on Project Management maturity and associated risk reduction, including the withstanding of OMB and GAO scrutiny. ECG has extensive experience in preparing project managers for GAO scrutiny and responding to GAO audits related to project management practices
  • Project planning/scheduling in Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) and/or Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) environments (software engineering)
  • Management of lessons learned for continuing improvement and maturing of staff and systems.

Project Management Office Consulting

ECG has been responsible for the development, implementation, and support of formal Program Management Offices (PMO) on major Information Technology (IT) programs within the federal government. Providing organizational recommendations; policies & procedures; financial, accounting, and scheduling systems integration; best practices consulting; and process training have been included in ECG’s contract support.

Project Portfolio and Investment Management

ECG has worked with several federal government clients in maturing in their practice of managing projects as portfolios as part of a larger investment management initiative. This support has included investment analysis, formal cost-benefit analysis (CBA), project scope management and costing, establishment of project portfolio management software, and organization and structuring of project data into formal portfolios within the project management software tool database, with associated trade-off and portfolio analysis.

Earned Value Management (EVM) and Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS)

On nearly every contract, ECG has provided Earned Value Management (EVM) consulting and support, including best practices consulting, EVM Systems (EVMS) implementation and integration (including software solutions such as Winsight), training, analysis, reporting (including CPR reporting), support and conduct of EVM reviews, and presentations to upper level management. We have supported our clients with compliance according to prevailing EVM standards, especially the EIA/ANSI-748 standard, and associated audits.

ECG has expertise in formal cost management, including:

  • Cost estimation
  • Activity cost-loading
  • Cost analysis
  • Cost reporting

ECG recognizes the American Association of Cost Engineering (AACE) as the standard-bearer for the cost management practice.

Risk Management

ECG provides risk management consulting and support. ECG has developed its own Risk Management methodology and associated software solutions, most notably, the Risk Issues Management System (RIMS). This is a Microsoft Access-based tool used to identify and manage project issues, actions, as well as, associated risks. Several of our clients have used our RIMS solution with overwhelmingly positive results, including the use of RIMS to manage – from start to finish – a major high-tech construction project in the western Pacific.

ECG provides risk management consulting and support, including risk identification, risk analysis, risk mitigation; risk register management; and formal Schedule Risk Assessments (SRA).

Customized Enterprise Systems Integration

Several of ECG’s clients have used our expertise in customized enterprise systems integration. This has included the integration of accounting, financial, time-recording, and project management systems through the development of esoteric interface algorithms, databases, and bridge software, using Oracle, SQL, and other programs.

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