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Configuration, Setting Up Core and Historical Data

 

Feature  Notes
Set up an unlimited number of user defined fields to support project unique data views and reporting requirements  Quickly create codes and fields to match business and project specific needs.  Define text, codes, flags, Boolean, and date fields that can be added to the time phased cost view, resource structures, and other structures.  User defined fields automatically show up as parameters in reporting.  
Import from anywhere using MS Excel  Quickly create common core data such as calendars, rates, resource lists, code structures, and code lists using source data from other systems.  Project teams can import the current approved rates from accounting system as needed.   
Establish standard accounting calendar templates  Create it once and project teams can use it to quickly set up a new project and tailor the base calendar to fit their needs.
Define project specific reporting calendars as well as resource calendars Project teams can tailor calendar periods to match project specific needs.  They can set up common reporting calendars for quarterly or annual cost management reports.  
Establish a standard rate template and rate calculations with the ability to create custom expressions  Create it once and project teams can use it to quickly set up a new project and tailor the rate structure to meet their needs. 
Build complex rate structures, add effective dates with escalation  Use the rate structures to build cost rules into labor categories or resources to determine the calculated results from user entered values such as labor hours, bill of material quantities, or material cost.
Create unlimited number of rate structures for different cost types (budget, estimate to complete) with effective dates Project teams can maintain rate structures for different cost types as approved direct and indirect rates change over the duration of the project.
Establish a standard hierarchical resource structure template  Create it once and project teams can use it to quickly set up a new project and tailor the set of resources to meet their needs.
Map resources to standard element of cost categories (labor, material, other direct cost, subcontract) required for government reporting  Facilitates producing the electronic deliverables for the Integrated Program Management Report (IPMR) Data Item Description (DID) as well as the Cost and Software Data Report (CSDR) Cost and Hour Report (FlexFile) DID. 
Establish a standard base project configuration  Create and maintain a new project template project teams can use to quickly set up a new project. Establishing a base configuration can help to ensure projects include required codes to produce reports across projects. Provides a foundation to increase consistency and create repeatable processes.
Create document templates Create rich text templates for common documentation project teams can include with the cost data such as basis of estimate rationale, risks, or quantifiable backup data when claiming earned value.  These templates help to establish a repeatable process for the project teams. 
Project level security  Users are set up and configured, and then associated with security roles.  This determines which projects users have access to and what they can do within those projects

     

 

Planning

 

Feature  Notes
Build WBS structures Create it manually, import it from an Excel file, or import it from common scheduling tools such as Oracle Primavera P6 and Microsoft Project.  EVMax uses the structure to automatically create the hierarchical grid view ready for entering time phased budget or estimate to complete data.  
Identify the WBS reporting levels or other WBS attributes   Add user defined fields to the WBS for sorting or filtering the data for different data views, role-based views, or reporting.
Produce WBS dictionary documents  Include rich text documentation with the WBS data structure to easily produce common reports government customers expect.
Import, parse, and map statement of work (SOW) requirements Provided the SOW is a structured document, EVMax can parse the SOW paragraphs into a code structure the project team can use to map the SOW to the WBS elements.  Eliminates time spent copying and pasting the SOW paragraphs.  
Identify control accounts at any level within the WBS, control accounts can be at different levels for different legs of the WBS Project teams can easily identify the control account levels within the WBS to match project control requirements.  Facilitates identifying responsibility assignments regardless of the project organization structure approach, reporting, and managing changes.  
Identify summary level planning packages and control account planning packages  Project teams can take advantage of rolling wave planning techniques.

                 

 

Budgeting

 

Feature  Notes
Central database for proposal teams to collaborate and share cost estimate data EVMax provides a single database for the entire project team to create and maintain their time phased cost data as well as enter rich text documentation all in one place. The team can view the complete set of cost data and documentation – the single authoritative source for the data.
Budget locking Lock the budget at specific levels to work exclusively on a specific WBS element or the entire set of time phased data.  Other users can still view data while locked.
Easy to use grid view similar to Excel to enter data with built-in hierarchical structure to view the data at summary, intermediate, and detail levels Project personnel can quickly enter or view their data using a familiar user interface.  They can collapse or expand the WBS hierarchy as needed, change the order of the columns, hide or show columns, or sort and filter the data in the grid view just like they do in Excel.  Project teams can also create role-based views to fit management needs. 
Enter budget in hours, full time equivalents (FTEs), or direct cost and select the rate structure to apply direct and indirect rates  Budget in hours and EVMax calculates the FTE numbers and direct cost. Budget in FTE and EVMax calculates hours and direct costs. The assigned rate structure automatically calculates the applicable indirect costs to determine total costs. Teams can assign different rate structures for the different cost types (budget, estimate to complete).
Create hierarchical bills of material and assign material categories  Makes it easy for the project team to maintain bills of material (BOMs) to substantiate the budget material values, identify material categories, and differentiate between high value/low value material or critical/non-critical material. The team can easily import the bills of material from the M/ERP system to maintain the BOMs through the life of the project (as estimated, as planned, as modified). Also means the project team can easily calculate material price and usage metrics within EVMax.
Identify recurring and non-recurring costs  The means to identify recurring and non-recurring costs is built into the database so project teams can easily select the appropriate category at the desired level of detail.  Facilitates producing the electronic deliverables for the CSDR Cost and Hour Report (FlexFile) DID. 
Copy the proposal cost estimate data as the basis to create the time phased budget data and establish the performance measurement baseline (PMB)  The proposal team can easily handoff the proposal cost estimate developed in BOEMax to the project team at contract award.  The project team can update the budget details in BOEMax to establish the master copy of the budget baseline.  Using EVMax, they simply copy the project from BOEMax into EVMax so the project is ready for the execution phase.  No need to go through the process of creating all the core data again for the execution phase.   
Bi-directional integration with Oracle Primavera P6 or Microsoft Project  Ensures the time phased budget data are always in alignment with the resource loaded activity data. Eliminates common disconnects between the schedule and cost data. Project teams can map the fields in the schedule tool to the fields required for the cost data such as the WBS, OBS, control account, work package, earned value technique, charge code, or other user defined codes. Mapping determines whether there is one-toone or many-to-one relationship between activities and the work packages in EVMax.
Supports standard earned value techniques These are assigned at the work package level.  Includes 0/100, 100/0, 50/50, user defined, percent complete, earning rules, milestones, level of effort (LOE), and apportioned effort. 
Define an unlimited number of additional budget cost codes Helps the project team track different categories of budget that are included or excluded from the total cost values (budget at completion).  For example, the project team could create a budget cost code for an Over Target Baseline (OTB) scenario.
Built-in contract budget log integrated into the workflow and change control process tracks the contract budget base (CBB), management reserve (MR), undistributed budget (UB), and distributed budget  Significantly simplifies maintaining the log and eliminates common disconnects that occur when baseline changes are made. The built-in workflow and change control process automatically maintain the monthly summary values and the detail transaction source data for historical traceability and audits.
Rich text documentation and reporting, content management and document management  Create documents with or without templates. This could include information such as the SOW, basis of estimate rationale, risks, and quantifiable backup data. EVMax includes the documentation with the cost data. Project personnel determine the level of detail where they want to enter their rich text documentation.
Document versioning Enable document versioning as needed.  This leverages capability similar to MS Word to turn on change management and red lining.  Also tracks the author who made the changes.
Create custom budget distribution spreads and learning curves Helps project teams create time phased budget distributions that align with how the work will be performed for more accurate performance assessments each reporting period.
Supports rolling wave planning BOEMax and EVMax share the built-in workflow process to manage routine rolling wave planning changes.  Project teams can model converting the planning packages into work packages in BOEMax first and then merge the approved changes into EVMax.  The workflow process records all of the detail transactions that occur to maintain a historical archive of the changes for the duration of the project.  

     

 

Measuring Performance

 

Feature  Notes
Import schedule activity status as the basis for the work package earned value claimed Eliminates common disconnects between the schedule and cost data
Enter quantifiable backup data to substantiate the earned value claimed Project teams can include rich text documentation with the cost data – all in one database.
Import actual costs from the accounting system on a weekly and monthly basis  Easily import actual costs from the accounting system. Project teams can establish an actual cost import template to simplify the weekly or monthly import process.
Enter and maintain estimated actuals as well as generate a log of transactions  Project teams can define additional cost codes to enter, track, and replace estimated actual values when the actual costs are recorded in the accounting system.
Enforce a freeze period Project teams define the freeze period for the project to control any retroactive or current reporting period changes. 

     

 

Analyzing Performance

 

Feature  Notes
Set variance thresholds, both value and percent, at any level in the WBS or at different levels for different legs of the WB Thresholds are a means to identify what is considered to be a significant variance for further root cause and impact analysis. Project teams set the thresholds to reflect internal management needs or to support contractual requirements.
Built-in cost data validation analysis view and report to identify common data anomalies  Helps project teams quickly identify and resolve common data errors such as earned value and no actual costs, actual costs and no earned value, or cumulative actual costs are greater than the estimate at completion.
Enter estimate to complete in hours, full time equivalents (FTEs), or direct cost and select the rate structure to apply direct and indirect rates  As for the budget values, estimate in hours and EVMax calculates the FTE numbers and direct cost.  Estimate in FTE and EVMax calculates hours and direct costs.  The assigned rate structure automatically calculates the applicable indirect costs to determine total costs.  Teams can assign different rate structures for the estimate to complete values.
Import resource loaded activity data from scheduling system to produce the time phased estimate to complete data  As for the time phased budget data, ensures the time phased estimate to complete data are always in alignment with the resource loaded activity data for the remaining work. Eliminates common disconnects between the schedule and cost data
Estimate locking Lock the estimate to complete at specific levels to work exclusively on a specific WBS element or the entire set of time phased data.  Other users can still view data while locked.
Define an unlimited number of additional estimate to complete cost codes Helps the project team track different categories of estimate to complete values that are included or excluded from the total cost values (estimate at completion).  For example, the project team could define different cost codes to assess best case, most likely, worst case estimate at completion (EAC) scenarios. 
Ability to enter or calculate an unlimited range of estimates at completion  Project teams can use the set of standard independent EAC calculations or create their own to assess the credibility of an EAC.  
Calculates standard earned value metrics The project team can easily review performance metrics in the time phased grid view at the detail level or any level of the WBS hierarchy.  Facilitates the ability to drill down into the data to identify work elements that require additional attention.  

     

 

Reporting

 

Feature  Notes
Pivot table and ad hoc reports, easy to use report wizard  Create reports at will to address business or analysis needs. These reports are easy to configure and once they are created, they can be saved as a reusable template.  Project teams can use the ad hoc report outputs to support DCMA data calls.  
Built-in standard reports such as the responsibility assignment matrix and control account plan   Project teams can quickly produce common earned value management tools.
Built-in standard line charts and graphs, dashboard view for performance metrics and variances  Project teams can quickly produce common earned value metric line charts and graphs at any level of the WBS hierarchy. MaxBoard provides a built-in dashboard view the project manager or others can use to drill down into the data to identify work elements that require additional attention.  
Built-in standard and IPMR performance report formats (1 to 5)  Project teams can quickly produce the performance reports typically identified as deliverables in a Contract Data Requirements List (CDRL).
Built-in data export that complies with the IPMR DID UN/CEFACT XML (formats 1 to 5 and 7) and JSON data encoding requirements  Easily produce the required performance reporting electronic deliverables for government customers.
Built-in data export that complies with the CSDR FlexFile DID JSON data encoding requirements  Easily produce the required cost reporting electronic deliverables for the DoD.  Project teams can leverage built-in database fields to map data to the standard element of cost categories and sub categories as well as identifying recurring and non-recurring costs.
Rate reports by element of cost categories  Create labor category and subcontractor rate reports by period and show indirect rates as necessary.  
Combine time phased data and documentation in one report  Produce a variety of reports using the data structures such as the WBS as the framework for the time phased cost data and include the desired rich text documentation. For example, project personnel can easily produce a variance analysis report with WBS header data, summary cost values, calculated performance metrics, and narrative to describe the root cause of the variance, impact to the project, and action being taken to mitigate the variance. Project teams can format these reports to match project specific, internal management, or customer needs.
Single project and cross-project reporting Define project groups to produce a variety of reports for additional analysis.  For example, group projects by product line, business unit, customers, or the entire company.  Use the report wizard to create reporting templates for corporate and financial users.  

 

 

Workflow, Managing Changes

 

Feature  Notes
Built-in workflow process The project manager can create a framework to define project control roles, establish standard forms, route forms for approval, track where things are in the approval process, and verify an approved change was merged into the budget data.  The entire project team has complete visibility into where things are in the change control process.  They use the built-in workflow functions to manage work authorizations and baseline change requests as well as to maintain the contract budget base log.
Establish standard workflow forms Implement standard forms to ensure project teams include the expected basis of estimate, work authorization, and baseline change request content.  These forms include a summary page for approval signatures along with the detail time phased data automatically populated from the BOEMax or EVMax database,
Define workflow user roles Project managers can set up the routing rules or handoffs between project control roles.  They can route specific work elements to a team member to model a baseline change request and then route the request through various approval levels.  This reduces processing time because each person knows what is in their work queue and who is responsible for what.   
Transaction audit trail and versioning The detail level changes are automatically captured in the database. The entire project team has a complete audit trail of changes and can trace who did what to the data for full transparency. BOEMax and EVMax share the built-in workflow process to manage changes. With the master copy of the baseline data in BOEMax, the project team has the foundation to accurately maintain a historical record of all baseline changes.
Do what-if analysis and create different estimate scenarios as the basis for a baseline change request separate from the performance measurement baseline  Project teams can use BOEMax to model the proposed change to assess the impact to other control accounts or the entire project.  The changes are only merged into the budget baseline in EVMax once the work authorization has been updated and approved and the baseline change request has been approved.
Approved baseline change requests automatically update the contract budget log  Built-in process dramatically simplifies managing changes because the contract budget log is automatically maintained. Changes are tracked down to the reference data, work package, and resource for complete historical traceability.
Include change rationale and impact analysis documentation as part of the baseline change request  Project teams can include the documentation explaining the reason for the change and discuss any impact to other control accounts along with the updates to the detailed time phased cost data – everything they need is in one database.  This eliminates a common problem where the substantiation for the change request is missing.