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variance analysis using empower™

This course is designed to help CAMs analyze and understand earned value performance metrics with a goal of writing a clear, cohesive Variance Analysis Report (VAR). VARs are exception reports that alert program stakeholders to cost and schedule variances that exceed predetermined thresholds. On many government contracts, VARs are required to be delivered to the customer in the Integrated Program Management Report (IPMR) Format 5.

During the training, our instructor takes the time to learn about your organization to provide relevant examples of ways to use the concepts in your daily work environment. 

Target Audience

Control Account Managers who are responsible for producing Variance Analysis Reports. Others who may participate in the process, including Program Managers, Integrated Product Team (IPT) Leads, Program Controls/EV Analysts or Program Financial Analysts.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have a thorough understanding of:

  • List the inputs that result in Earned Value (EV) metrics
  • List and describe the EV metrics used to create the VARs
  • Use Empower™ to access data views used in VARs
  • Understand what should be included within a VAR
  • Write a VAR that is clear, concise, and coherent
  • Submit, review, and approve variance analyses

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Course Logistics

2-4 Hours
In person, instructor lead or via video conference 
Student PC's are required for optional hands-on participation and student exercises.
Class Size
Up to 15 students


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