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Cost Management is an organizational methodology by which a company controls and plans the costs of doing business.

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How to Handle a Funding Overrun on a Time and Materials (T&M) Contract

Here is the scenario: You are the PM of a new T&M contract that has a $800,000 budget at completion (BAC) and a price of $1,000,000 and a one-year period of performance (POP). Scope is fluid, ...
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Should I calculate ROI as Benefits/Costs or Gains-Investment/Investment? Which is rather correct?

I am kind of puzzled as various sources give either of those formulas to calculate ROI: Cost of Benefits /Cost of Investments or (Gains - Investment) / Investment The obvious problem that if I ...
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How can we know that implementing SAFe results in profits for the company?

Did any company measure profits after implementing SAFe? How can we know that total costs of implementing SAFe are less than profits?
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How to represent an iterative sprint within your schedule list

In an agile approach we can use tools like kanban to plan, measure and monitor sprints. But when we need to use schedule systems like MS Project or any other online collaboration tool that works like ...
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Under what circumstances should a software vendor be allowed to increase charges due to unforeseen complexity?

Something that occurs quite often in outsourced software projects is the vendor underestimates the complexity or learning curve associated with an agreed-upon statement of work, and wants to increase ...
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Is cost management part of Project Management?

Is Cost Management (Estimation and Control) part of Project Mangement? Are cost management techniques (COCOMO, Function Point, etc) part of PM? Or only Software Project Management? I ask this ...
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Resource Costing on project server 2013 PWA

I am using project server 2013. I want to know: is there a way to show the actual cost for every resource in a period of time? I tried to add a resource view but it kept giving me a blank page. I ...
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How to communicate/word cost ranges?

When you display cost estimates, when it comes to ranges, what words do you use to convey: Lower End of the Range, and higher End of the range. The terms I chose (Min/Max) were not liked , so I was ...
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What is 'overhead' in a research project budget?

I am a new to project management, and I have started working on a European project proposal. I can't figure out what "overhead" actually is. Can anyone explain to me, or provide me with sources from ...
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Project costing & preparation

I have a client who has an "idea" of his project "that is in his mind". He said he is not going to share any details, knowledge, and ideas until we have a contract because as he's saying "he's worried ...
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Cost management without time tracking in Scrum

In my company I'm responsible for several software development teams. Lately our managers asked me to establish a time tracking system for our developers to have better overview over the actual costs ...
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How do I calculate a project management fee on my design projects?

I run a small business and I have to take on an additional resource to handle an increased workload from one of my clients. How do I calculate my project management fee? I estimate I will spend about ...
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What are differences between Cost Plus Award Fee and Cost Plus Incentive Fee Contract?

Both Cost Plus Award Fee and Cost Plus Incentive Fee contract types are Cost Reimbursable contracts in which the seller is reimbursed for completed work plus a fee representing profit. In the PMBOK ...
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MS Project 2013 cost adjustment

I would like to know what is the best way to handle cost adjustment to the baseline in MS project. Do you save the baseline when you adjust the cost when you get new estimate or not?
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How can I add a rented resource to MS Project?

I need to create a new resource that include a pay per day and quantity parameters. For example, I have a resource "Rented Car - Type 1" with 60€/Day as daily cost. In my project, I have a task (10 ...
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How to finance non-programming activities when clients don't want to pay for these activities?

On one hand, software development involves a lot of non-programming activities like requirements gathering (including analysis), estimating, planning, testing, tracking work, change request management,...
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Is COCOMO 2 Estimation Sound, or is there Something Better?

I am reading about COMOMO estimation and what I see is margin of error is almost always too high. Also I didn't like the idea to use lines of code to measure progress. So I wonder is COMOMO really a ...
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How to manage cost of change / impact analysis with no funding?

The PMBOK® Guide recommends that when a scope change request is submitted, an impact analysis is performed to assess how the change could affect the overall project. How does this work affect the ...
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ETC calculation including SPI

PMBok (page 221) mentions two formulas for estimation ETC based on previous project performance. These are: (1) ETC = (BAC-EV) / CPI (2) ETC = (BAC-EV) / (CPI * SPI) While (1) is completly clear ...
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How does the public sector estimate the cost of large-scale infrastructure projects?

Using the example of the proposed Donald Trump Mexico-USA Border Wall; various figures for the estimated cost have ranged considerably. Mr Trump claims the total cost of the wall will be $10bn (£...
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Earned value management with ressources of type “Cost”

I'm working on project management with the client-side manager. We manage the cost with cost type ressources as we only know how much we are going to pay for each task and not how many hours of work ...
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Overheads calculation assumptions

I was wondering if there is any standard or basis by which to consider overhead costs in a project. Normally we practice 10-15%, but I wanted to know what others are following and what's the best ...
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In Scrum, should we be billed for defects and unplanned activities?

My company is the client. An offshore company is developing our product. We pay them on a monthly basis. They send us an invoice with a fixed rate per full time resource. They also send us a ...
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Can I add columns in MS Project Pro to display time-phased costs?

Can I add columns in MS Project Pro to display time-phased costs? I would like to see a cost column for each year of the project. The year-column would only include costs for that year. I can almost ...
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Governance cost as percentage of FTEs

In an Outsourcing IT project we are are trying to estimate the relationship between the governance cost and the project size in FTE. For example, if the governance cost of a 500 FTEs project is X ...
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Agile and increased costs

The digital function of the organization is attempting to adopt the agile methodology and this is causing an issue with the perceived increased in costs when due diligence is performed on the initial ...
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Indirect cost calculation

As shown in the picture below, my task is to calculate direct and indirect costs using this table at first. Further I have to do the calculation according to Direct costing, Standard costing and ABC ...
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S-Curve in Cost Management

I learned in class that the cost management on a project could be graphed as an S-Curve. Low in the beginning but then very high and stays high. Do you have an idea why the graph stays high even ...
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How to calculate Present Value and Net Present Value?

I´m doing a feasibility study to check the benefits of an investment in a certain tool. My table shows the savings and the costs in the project over 4 years. So, I´m trying to understand how to apply ...
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How do I estimate costs for running a finished software project?

I have an ongoing software development project nearing completition. My question is how I can estimate the necessary budget to run the software once it's finished (run), develop it further, for ...
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Vocabulary used in drawing activity diagrams

In a drawing activity diagram when it says: Activity A Follows Activity B does it mean A->B or B->A? I am confused with this lingo.
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MS Project: Show annual project cost

I am currently planning a project in MS Project. After allocating all resources and other cost to the tasks I need to present the annual budget of the project (split into manpower and direct cost). ...
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Cost estimate template or examples for software development [closed]

I am preparing my first cost estimate for a project as a freelance software developer, and I am wondering if there are templates or examples available to help me get started. I understand that a ...
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How can I prove on paper that we need more resources for our team?

The higher management in most places seems to have a pigheaded tendency to avoid hiring more resources at all costs. The company has been growing in the last few years and a lot more functionality has ...
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Formula for calculating cost over a certain time period

How can I calculate the cost of a project over a given amount of time. For example: Solution 1: cost 30k setup and 3k/month for as long as we have the service. Solution 2: cost 40k setup and 2k/...
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Cost of resources in virtual environments

In planning hardware costs, considering the distribution of the product in virtual/cloud environments, where the cost is derived from the use of resources, considering the following points: The ...
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Estimated costs

Should I consider a margin calculating work hours, then increase the final cost, based on estimated hours + margin hours? Or should I add a margin after the estimated hours of work, increasing the ...
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Factors to consider for Merging two or more IT Operations team into ONE

I believe this question falls under a Project from the Management side. But I would appreciate any help or resources for the scenario. The project as an IT Manager, is responsible for merging ...
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Queuing theory for measuring “change” delivery?

In his presentation "Adopting Continuous Delivery" (http://www.infoq.com/presentations/Adopting-Continuous-Delivery), Jez Humble mentions (~6:50) that queuing theory proves that optimizing for ...
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How to estimate cost to remove bug?

Couple of month before I committed one project to remove bug from that software, that project is not developed according to customer requirements. So, I have included some advanced function according ...
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The meaning of & Calculating Project Budget

I'm very new to the whole Project Management world, so this question may be at the beginners level, anywho: What is the Budget Cost compared to the full Cost of the Project?, based on the research I ...
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Agile team management strategy for small projects [closed]

I would like to thank StackExchange - Project Management group for providing me with full support and guidance to move forward in my career path. I'm now a Project Manager and a Junior web and ...
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Difference between “Earned Value” and “Contribution Margin”?

I have been searching here and there for the meanings of "Earned Value" and "Contribution Margin", it doesn't seem to make sense to me why so many project could have a positive(+) Contribution Margin, ...
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Microsoft Project: How to represent salaried employees?

I can't figure out how to represent salaried employees in Microsoft Project. I created a 24 month schedule, and assigned a $100/year resource to a 12-month task. I ran into two problems: I expected ...
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Rent total cost prediction

I have a project management course now. One of points of my project requires me to rent a territory, and I need to include its cost in the project's total cost. The first thing I thought was to ...
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Microsoft Project - View Resource Cost for a Specific Timeframe

Using Microsoft Project 2010, how do I view how much a resource costs the project between a specific time period? For example, I want to view how much the "HR" resource cost the project between ...
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Project Planning For Merchant-based Software

I'm quite new to project management. I have a software project in mind and would like to manage it the correct way. The app basically allows movie theater owners to announce their upcoming movies, ...
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Can we use a electronic Kanban board to track actual time spent?

My title sums up my question pretty well. We're investigating whether we can use a Kanban-based system to manage and track some internal projects and one of our requirements is to track time spent on ...
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How can an EV be calculated when there are different versions of a project plan?

There is a project manager who is trying to come up with a way to calculate EV under a specific situation where there is a project management system which allows different versions of project plans. ...
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Should a project Manager include his own cost when costing a project?

Should a project Manager include his own cost when costing a project? I have included the cost of resources I have hired to work on the project, but should I include my own cost to the business in the ...