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Top 5 Benefits of Project Portfolio Management (PPM)

By Michael Bensussen on Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Engineering & Construction, Technology, Project Portfolio Management (PPM), Deltek PPM, Oracle Primavera, Government & Public Sector, Microsoft EPM, forProject Technology, Healthcare, Finance & Insurance, Recent Articles

Projects play a critical role in the progress of a company. Their success can facilitate entry into new markets, implement cutting edge technologies, or activate long awaited operational assets. Conversely, their failure can stifle progress, aggravate timelines, disrupt strategies, or herald a firm’s disappearance altogether.  

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Pinnacle Assists Long Time Deltek Cobra Customer in Building Custom Hooks: A Case Study

By Gary Harvey on Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Earned Value Management (EVM), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Technology, Deltek PPM, Oracle Primavera, Government & Public Sector, Microsoft EPM, forProject Technology, Recent Articles

Custom Hooks are a Deltek Cobra feature that allow you to do some custom manipulation of data during various processes that Deltek Cobra runs. Custom hooks can be built using Visual FoxPro scripts or compiled procedures, Visual Basic or C# executables. Visual FoxPro is nearing the end of its lifecycle so organizations with Custom Hooks built using Visual FoxPro should consider re-implementing them in Visual Basic or C#.

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Converting Primavera P6 Schedules To Microsoft Project: A Case Study

By Gary Harvey on Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Earned Value Management (EVM), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Technology, Deltek PPM, Oracle Primavera, Government & Public Sector, Microsoft EPM, forProject Technology, Recent Articles

We’ve recently been working with an Aerospace contractor who manages their project schedules using Oracle Primavera P6. On one of their programs, their customer must be provided with a copy of the P6 schedule in Microsoft Project native mpp format each month. To do this, we have assisted the contractor in setting up a monthly process for conversion and validation of the P6 schedule into the mpp format.

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5 Ways to Scale Your EVMS

By Michael Breuker on Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Engineering & Construction, Earned Value Management (EVM), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Technology, Deltek PPM, Oracle Primavera, Government & Public Sector, Microsoft EPM, forProject Technology, Encore Analytics Empower, Recent Articles

Much has been written about how complicated and difficult Earned Value Management (EVM) can be, and a term that has grown in popularity in response to this perception is “EVM Lite.” One of the problems with the term “EVM Lite” is that it suggests a version of EVM that is incomplete in some way. 

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5 Benefits of Earned Value Management (EVM)

By Michael Breuker on Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Engineering & Construction, Earned Value Management (EVM), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Technology, Deltek PPM, Oracle Primavera, Government & Public Sector, Microsoft EPM, forProject Technology, Encore Analytics Empower, Recent Articles

Earned Value Management (EVM) is not a perfect fit for all types of projects. For example, short-term projects, low risk projects, or projects using agile development techniques may not benefit from a full Earned Value Management System (though they may still benefit from a scaled or tailored EVMS). But for most projects, where there is a risk to on-time, on-budget delivery, and where cost and schedule need to be managed, earned value management benefits the project greatly. 

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What is Earned Value Management? An Introduction

By Michael Breuker on Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Engineering & Construction, Earned Value Management (EVM), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Technology, Project Portfolio Management (PPM), Government & Public Sector, forProject Technology, Enterprise Project Management (EPM), Recent Articles

 
Earned Value Management (EVM) is a project performance management methodology that integrates cost, schedule, technical scope, and risk to assess progress against a baseline, use that information to identify problems, and forecast cost (and, to a certain extent, schedule) at completion.
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Steelray Set to Release New Scheduling Tool - Steelray Delay Analyzer

By Jason Kinder on Friday, August 27, 2021

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Earned Value Management (EVM), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Technology, Project Portfolio Management (PPM), Government & Public Sector, forProject Technology

At Pinnacle, we strive to stay abreast of the latest and greatest software tools used in project management. As a partner with many industry-leading tool vendors it is incumbent upon us to know the available tools and how to use them to solve obstacles facing our clients.

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Integrated Baseline Review Blog series, Part 4: Corrective Action Planning

By Jason Kinder on Tuesday, August 17, 2021

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

Continuing with part four of a four-part blog series, I have been writing about preparing for an Integrated Baseline Review (IBR), and how unnerving and time-consuming it is as your team is collecting data, preparing Control Account Manager (CAM) notebooks, and sitting in mock interviews.

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