Monday, September 12, 2011

EVM Model for reporting SCRUM projects - Introduction

SCRUM is a good operations model. While many consider it as a project management approach, often it is realized that SCRUM lacked lingo for reporting business performance.

As of date, Businesses and projects leaders do not care much for project execution or delivery models. Hence they do not care if we do it SCRUM way or not. Thus SCRUM practitioners and Managers have this bridge to cross so that SCRUM gets main stream.

Business and Project Leaders ask for 3 main measures to be on top of project and enables them for better decision making irrespective of operation models.

1. Am I getting the value for what I spend?

2. Do I know how long and how much it will take to close the project under current conditions?

3. Can I claim with reasonable confidence that project goals will be met successfully and drive my company to be successful?

These measures are available in EVM and hence it is a natural fit for SCRUM projects to associate the EVM lingo in the framework.
Also the concept of Earned Value in EVM benefits more from SCRUM way of delivering sprints.

Before we dive into the working, here is a comparison on fitment and adaptability between SCRUM and EVM.

S.NoSCRUM PhasesEVM measurement Terms
1Project Planning, Product Backlog Planning, Product VisionBudget At Completion
2Sprint PlanningPlanned Value
3Sprint ProgressActual Cost
4Sprint in progressSchedule Performance Index, Cost Performance Index
5Sprint RetrospectiveEarned Value, Sprint Performance Index, Variance at Completion
6Sprint in progress, Sprint RetrospectiveCost Variance, Schedule Variance
7Sprint Retrospective (Using Sprint Burn Down chart)Estimate AT Completion / Estimate TO Completion
8Features/User Stories Burn up chartCost Performance Index

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