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Unlock Project Cost Insights with Earned Value Managment (EVM) in Jira

Project managers often find themselves navigating projects with limited visibility into true cost and schedule performance. This uncertainty leads to budget overruns, missed deadlines, and frustrated stakeholders. Earned Value Management (EVM) is a powerful methodology for tracking project performance and forecasting outcomes. Jira add-ons like Time & Cost Tracker for Jira streamline the process by seamlessly integrating cost data with EVM calculations.White House Economy.gif

Common Project Management Pain Points EVM Addresses

  • "Are we going to be over budget?" EVM's Cost Performance Index (CPI) reveals if you're spending more or less than planned, allowing for early corrective actions.
  • "Will we deliver on time?" The Schedule Performance Index (SPI) uncovers schedule delays or potential for early completion, enabling you to adjust your plan accordingly.
  • "What's the final cost likely to be?" EVM's Estimate at Completion (EAC) provides a realistic forecast, helping manage expectations and avoid last-minute surprises.

How Cost Tracker Simplifies EVM Reporting

  1. Data Foundation: Meticulously log work hours, expenses, and set accurate team member rates within your Cost Tracker.
  2. Report Generation: Create detailed cost reports with the desired filters (project, date range, etc.).EVM SaaSJet IMG 0577.jpeg
  3. EVM Export: With a single click, export your report into a pre-formatted EVM Excel template.
  4. In-Depth Analysis: Delve into the populated Excel template, revealing critical EVM metrics.Знімок екрана Jan 23 from SaaSJet.png

Key EVM Metrics and Their Significance

  • Planned Value (PV): Projected cost of work scheduled for a specific period.
  • Earned Value (EV): The value of work actually completed within a period.
  • Actual Cost (AC): The real cost incurred during a period.
  • Cost Variance (CV): (EV - AC). Positive CV means under budget, negative CV means over budget.
  • Cost Performance Index (CPI): (EV / AC). CPI > 1 is good (under budget), CPI < 1 is concerning (over budget).
  • Schedule Variance (SV): (EV - PV). Positive SV means ahead of schedule, negative SV means behind.
  • Schedule Performance Index (SPI): (EV / PV). SPI > 1 is good (ahead), SPI < 1 is concerning (behind).
  • Estimate at Completion (EAC): Forecast of total project cost based on current data.

Why Use EVM from Cost Tracker?

  • Early Warning System: Catch potential budget overruns or delays before they become critical.
  • Progress Tracking: Objectively measure where your project stands against its plan.
  • Data-Driven Decisions: Adjust resources, scope, or timelines based on solid evidence.
  • Transparent Reporting: Share EVM insights with stakeholders for clarity on project health.

Example: EVM in Action

Imagine your EVM report shows a CPI of 0.8 with an SPI of 0.9 for a given month. Analysis reveals that while you're slightly behind schedule, you're significantly under budget. This informs a potential decision to re-prioritize tasks to catch up on schedule while staying within financial constraints.

Get Started

Time and Cost Tracker for Jira makes EVM analysis accessible. By combining accurate cost tracking within Jira with its seamless EVM export, you gain the power to:

  • Proactively manage project performance
  • Make informed, data-driven decisions
  • Communicate project status with confidence



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