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What is an Integrated Baseline Review?

Posted by Pinnacle Management Systems, Inc. on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

An Integrated Baseline Review (IBR) is a joint customer/contractor activity walking through and assessing the Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB). IBRs are typically performed within a few months after a contract has been awarded, although they can be performed at any time, including pre-contract award.

The purpose of an IBR is to:

  • verify the technical content of the Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB)
  • assess the accuracy of the related resources, budgets, and schedules
  • identify potential risks
  • determine corrective actions, if necessary, to build a realistic plan that the customer and contractor agree to

In a DoD environment, an IBR is treated as a formal event and usually involves considerable preparation and follow up. IBR practices vary across civilian agencies and are often less formal. Regardless, IBRs are generally recognized as a significant program management event and are a critical milestone for the success of the program and your relationship with your client.

Some agencies publish IBR guides to describe the process they use. Some examples are:

The National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) has published an IBR Guide which has been adopted by agencies such as the Department of Energy.

Not sure if you are ready for an IBR? Check out our article "How do determine if your program is ready for an IBR?" for help.

Learn more about our IBR Preparation services and other training services we offer.

Talk to a Pinnacle professional about how we can guide you through preparing for a successful IBR - Give Us a Call or Send Us an Email.


Topics: Aerospace & Defense, Earned Value Management (EVM), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Deltek PPM, Oracle Primavera, Government & Public Sector, Training, Microsoft EPM, forProject Technology

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