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Definition of Done or How to really finish tasks?

You mention Definition of Done, and in Agile, the acceptance criteria and other user story content defines if work meets the user's needs, but often allows for shoddy workmanship. We all know we can ...
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Definition of Done or How to really finish tasks?

When a task meets the acceptance criteria, that means it's done. No other options. In real life, if a developed task meets the acceptance criteria but needs some more attention or some updates that ...
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Definition of Done or How to really finish tasks?

For us, "it depends". We try to take into account of whether this is, for want of a better description, "scope creep" and how much extra time it adds to the task. We're using Scrum in 2 week ...
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Definition of Done or How to really finish tasks?

I wonder if the issue is not so much closing off a task as poor estimation of how much work remains. It is pretty common in my experience to have progress stall at 90-95% complete.... mainly because ...
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EVM and Schedule Variance

I cannot speak to how MS Project calculates EV data; however, using earned value to analyze your schedule is not advised. SV and SPI becomes 0 and 1.0 respectively as the task or project finishes. ...
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Definition of Done or How to really finish tasks?

A few thoughts on the question: In reality, I don't see the problem here. Frequent changes are absolutely normal for Agile. Even more, this is a part of Agile. You can't make part of product "at all"....
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Why is MS Project 2016 Showing a $0 for BCWP on a completed task

An important aspect of both BCWS and BCWP is that they are time-phased values. Their values will change based on the date values of a task's baseline start and the project status date. This ...
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Agile and Earned Value

Edit: More reading on Wikipedia has thrown up this sentence that is so important I'm putting it at the top. Again, it supports my first impression of using agile and EV: Because EVM requires ...
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CPI value at project closure

At completion, your BCWP or EV will equal your BAC. So your CPI formula will be BAC / CAC (cost at completion). So, unless your CAC = your BAC, meaning you neither over- nor under-ran your budget, ...
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Planned / earned value for items outside of the project scope?

You should never perform work that is out of scope without a change request that would modify the scope and provide additional budget and time. When you complete a change request, assuming the scope ...
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Definition of Done or How to really finish tasks?

I'll speak from the Agile-Scrum perspective. First I need to break down your question into two different problem areas: 1) Definition of Done is an operating agreement on your team. Many teams do ...
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Why are BCWP and BCWS null if the task is completed?

Ensure you've established a baseline and you have updated the Status Date. And check how the project is calculating EV. I believe you have two options: % complete or % physical complete. I don't think ...
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Calculation of ACWP, BCWP and BCWS in MS Project

Your BCWS should not change. It remains consistent with your baseline so that your SV, SPI (SVt or SPIt if using Earned Scedule), will properly calculate a negative or less than 1.0 value, ...
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Earned Value for a task with non proportional costs

You need to claim the proper % complete based on the way you developed the plan. For EV, we calculate the costs of the development of the project's product because EV is a COST control tool. It would ...
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Using EVM would purchase orders be actual costs or estimates to complete?

Accounting for costs and EV are not the same thing. For EV I would not recognize the costs as AC (ACWP) until the material is used. The definition of used could differ but it is just definitely ...
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Do I have EVM Planned Value understood correctly?

Everything you wrote is correct. Your last bullet my read better as, "PV is the amount of cost accrued at a certain time on the project's timeline." In your example, your PV was distributed ...
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How to handle unequally distributed material cost in EVM

Some organizations buy materiel and inventory it until it is claimed by a project. At that time, the project recognizes the costs as AC. If you can account for costs in that manner, a matter of ...
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Did I input the correct ACWP, BCWS and BCWP values? [EVMS]

Based on the Wikipedia page for BCWP, your BCWS number is probably wrong. Unless the project has reached its deadline date (100% of projected time used) the BCWS column would not be 100% of the ...
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CPI value at project closure

As @David Espina said, CPI is always derived from the same formula EV/AC. This is true whether the project is closed or not. What should the CPI be? What is your EV? What is your AC? The CPI is the ...
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Changing Actual Cost (AC) with Real Cost Field

Actual Cost (there is no "Real Cost" field in the english version of MS Project) is NOT the same as ACWP (Earned value "AC (CRTR)"). The difference is that "Actual Cost" is a single field and "ACWP" ...
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EVM Exam Question

I won't provide you the answer but here is a clue: costs are cumulative when calculating earned value indices. This clue applies to both questions.
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Earned value management with ressources of type "Cost"

The two variables you say you don't know are required to calculate PV, or BCWS, the cumulative sum of which is your BAC. Without this value, you cannot arrive at your EV, or BCWP. The question ...
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Earned value analysis by client and vendor

If the vendor is measuring perfomance of 'The' project then its the same calc who ever does it. If the vendor has an internal project to rent out their employees on a per diem basis then you can see ...
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earned value and physical percent complete

I would map your physical % complete with the PV/BAC for any given period, and then when you complete a specific physical % of the work, you can claim the mapped PV/BAC as your earnings. This is a ...
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Why is MS Project 2016 Showing a $0 for BCWP on a completed task

My guess is that you didn't save a baseline before marking the tasks as 100% complete. Based on the definition of BCWP by Microsoft: How is BCWP Calculated? When a task is first created, the BCWP is ...
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EVM in Research and Technology

A research project is by definition innovative and, for this reason, uncertain. Especially at the beginning, researchers might have only a rough idea of the hypothesis that they want to validate. ...
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EVM in Research and Technology

EVM is designed to signal schedule and budget variances and treats both early and late finishes as undesirable. That makes EVM a poor fit for research projects since tasks cannot be finished or ...
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Adding requirements gathering to the project plan - time phased budget baseline (PMB)

First as we all know that estimations are uncertain(Cone of Uncertainty). Second, detailed requirement may not available at the initial phase of project (It may be a artifact in plan itself and many ...
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Can EVM be Used to Track and Manage Quality?

I think this is an important issue; when project managers actively measure time and cost, but not quality, it is easy to guess which one suffers. The fact the project managers themselves are measured ...
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Can MS Project graph out planned value?

It's pretty easy but you have to do it in a weird way. Go to Reports - Visual Reports Select New Template, Excel, Assignment Usage, and click OK. Your report is now being created in Excel. Switch ...
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