Pinnacle Insights

Michael Breuker Named as President of Pinnacle Management Systems

By Sara Marks on Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Engineering & Construction, Earned Value Management (EVM), Enterprise Project Controls (EPC), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Technology, Project Portfolio Management (PPM), Deltek PPM, Oracle Primavera, Government & Public Sector, Training, PMTalent, Microsoft EPM, forProject Technology, Healthcare, Finance & Insurance, Enterprise Project Management (EPM), Encore Analytics Empower, News

Southlake, TX – January 7th, 2020 – Pinnacle Management Systems, Inc., a leader in program and project management consulting and training services, announced today that Michael Breuker has been promoted to the role of President, effective immediately.

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Control Account Managers (CAMs): Role and Responsibilities

By Pinnacle Management Systems, Inc. on Thursday, August 30, 2018

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Biotechnology, Engineering & Construction, Earned Value Management (EVM), Enterprise Project Controls (EPC), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Technology, Project Portfolio Management (PPM), Deltek PPM, Oracle Primavera, Government & Public Sector, Training, Microsoft EPM, forProject Technology, Enterprise Project Management (EPM)

The Control Account Manager or CAM plays a critical role in an Earned Value Management System. He/She is responsible for the planning, coordination and achievement of all work within a Control Account and provides a single authority for all scope, technical and cost issues for the CA – not an easy task. 

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Six Steps to Ensuring Project Success

By Pinnacle Management Systems, Inc. on Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Engineering & Construction, Earned Value Management (EVM), Enterprise Project Controls (EPC), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Project Portfolio Management (PPM), Deltek PPM, Oracle Primavera, Government & Public Sector, Microsoft EPM, forProject Technology, Enterprise Project Management (EPM)

The Project Manager’s role is not an easy one. With so many moving parts and multiple people invested in project success, it is critical that Project Managers stay one step ahead of the game. The ability to keep scope, people and schedules on track can make or break a project. 

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Implementation or Configuration Consultant?

By Wendy Freeman on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Biotechnology, Engineering & Construction, Earned Value Management (EVM), Enterprise Project Controls (EPC), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Technology, Project Portfolio Management (PPM), Deltek PPM, Oracle Primavera, Microsoft EPM, forProject Technology, Enterprise Project Management (EPM)

Often these two terms are used interchangeably, but they mean very different things to those of us who have been implementing project management and project controls systems.  As you can imagine, explaining the difference is difficult, but it is the ultimate compliment when a client acknowledges the distinction and the contributions of our Implementation Consultants.  It just so happens that it was a recent client's praise that inspires this blog article and I hope it will generate discussion on the topic.

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Schedule Analysis, Part 3: What Does It Mean To Me?

By Brian Evans on Thursday, July 27, 2017

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Biotechnology, Engineering & Construction, Earned Value Management (EVM), Enterprise Project Controls (EPC), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Oracle Primavera, Government & Public Sector, Training, Microsoft EPM, forProject Technology

In Part 2 of this series, Schedule Analysis, Part 2: Why Should I Do It?, it was stated that schedule analysis increases confidence in the schedule and its results. It provides information as to where the schedule needs to be improved and how it needs to be improved. 

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Schedule Analysis, Part 2: Why Should I Do It?

By Brian Evans on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Biotechnology, Engineering & Construction, Earned Value Management (EVM), Enterprise Project Controls (EPC), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Oracle Primavera, Government & Public Sector, Training, Microsoft EPM, forProject Technology

In Part 1 of this series, Schedule Analysis, Part 1: What Is It?, provided a brief introduction to schedule analysis. This article discusses why should a schedule analysis be performed. But first, a point of clarification. Schedule analysis and Schedule Risk Analysis (SRA) are two different things. 

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Revised EVMS Threshold Requirements

By Michael Breuker on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Biotechnology, Earned Value Management (EVM), Enterprise Project Controls (EPC), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Deltek PPM, Oracle Primavera, Government & Public Sector, Microsoft EPM, forProject Technology, Enterprise Project Management (EPM)

At the most recent NDIA Integrated Program Management (IPM) Division Meeting, John McGregor, Director of Earned Value Management for OSD Performance Assessment & Root Cause Analysis (PARCA) took the stage to discuss the latest updates related to EVM threshold requirements for DoD contracts. During the presentation, John clarified that DoD Instruction 5000.02 is finalized, signed and in full affect, even though the document looks like it may be in draft form.

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Schedule Analysis, Part 1: What is it?

By Brian Evans on Monday, July 24, 2017

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Biotechnology, Engineering & Construction, Earned Value Management (EVM), Enterprise Project Controls (EPC), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Oracle Primavera, Government & Public Sector, Training, Microsoft EPM, forProject Technology

A schedule is a time-model of how you as the supplier or manager plan on executing your project. It represents the project scope, resources, assumptions and constraints of the project. Like a cost model, the time model or schedule should respond to changes.

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