Reporting Program Progress – Playbook Review Part 9
Earned Value Analysis (EVA) Progress Reporting Technique
A superior method of overall progress reporting that incorporates week-to-week, month-to-month, and year-to-year presentation is Earned Value Analysis (EVA).
This method requires the initial development of a detailed budget, an accurate schedule, and an ability to accurately forecast future construction costs. When utilized, EVA presents a Cost Performance Index (CPI) and Schedule Performance Index (SPI) to assist in determining if a long-duration construction effort is on target.
At the conclusion of each year and in anticipation of routine regulatory reporting, lessons-learned type exercises should be undertaken. These might include:
- Financial returns year-to-date
- Program organization performance and changes
- Feedback from work evaluation
- Feedback from commissioning tests
- Overall lessons learned
Overall Progress Reporting
In preparation for Overall Progress Reporting, a comparison against the overall program objective should be calculated and presented. These might include:
- Reduced Total Length of Restoration (TLR)
- Improved reliability as measured by geographic-specific SAIDI, SAIFI, or any of the customer outage-centric measures
- Customer satisfaction
- Operational or maintenance change
- Units hardened
- Security measures taken
- Assessment of maintenance and general readiness
- Implementation of modernization, control enhancements, and smart-grid technology
- Diversified and integrated grid
- Redundancy, backup equipment, and inventory management
- Mutual aid program use
- Succession training, knowledge transfer, and workforce development
- Business continuity and emergency action planning
- Update models used for forecasting and planning purposes
To present the various types of reporting, a standard dashboard should be prepared using three tiers and levels of detail. Metrics should build upon one another.
- An executive-level summarizing and presenting no more than 3-5 overall metrics describing program performance.
- A more detailed management level with 10-20 metrics presented at both the project and program level.
- An even more detailed field level with 20-40 metrics and presented at the project level.
In addition, routine reporting of program progress should link directly to the later reporting of Overall Reporting Program Progress to secure reauthorization and continuation of the resiliency efforts.
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