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    Earned Value Calculation; Schedule Variance; Cost variance

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    5-1 Earned Value Calculation

    You are 4 months into a 6 month project. The project is linear, which means that the progress and spending occurs at a constant rate. Our crack project team of highly skilled associates has worked diligently and put in extra hours to keep the project going. Our accounting department has provided the following data at the end of month 4:
    Actual cost to date = $88,800
    Planned expenditures to date = $101,000

    The CFO is excited and has sent you an email congratulating you for being 12.07% under budget. However, is it really time to hold a team celebration? That would be fun but your project manager mentality kicks in. Those numbers look good but how are we 'really' doing? To understand the true project performance, we need to apply earned value techniques.

    The missing piece we need is Earned Value (i.e. what we have actually accomplished so far). You meet with your team and find that only 6 of the 7 tasks scheduled to be complete by the end of month 4 have actually been completed. Task 7 isn't even started! This information gives you the final data you need to apply 'Earned Value' and develop an objective analysis.

    1. What are the PV, EV, and AC for the project at the end of month 4?
    2. What are the SV, CV, SPI, and CPI for the project?
    3. Assess the project performance to date? Do you get to have the celebration?

    5-2 Earned Value Calculation

    Project Schedule and Budget Data Provided:
    Task Duration (days) Predecessor(s) Budget
    A 2 --- $1,600
    B 5 --- $4,000
    C 3 A $14,050
    D 4 B $5,800
    E 6 B $12,000
    F 4 C,D $5,200
    G 3 E $3,900
    Project Totals: $46,550

    Status of the project at the end of day 6:
    Task % Complete Actual Cost of Work Performed
    A 100% $1,800
    B 100% $4,500
    C 90% $13,500
    D 10% $500
    E 0% $0
    F 0% $0
    G 0% $0

    Project Network Diagram

    Critical Path (CP) = B - E - G = 14 days

    Tasks Duration (Days)
    A A A

    B B B B B B

    C C C C

    D D D D D

    E E E E E E E

    F F F F F

    G G G G

    0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

    1. Calculate the schedule variance for each task and the total project.

    2. Calculate the cost variance for each task and the total project.

    3. What is your assessment of the project at this time?

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    Solution Summary

    This solution calculates the PV, EV and AC for the project at the end of month four, the SV, CV, SPI and CPI for the project and assesses the projects performance to date. Please see the attached Excel file.