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Earned Value Project Management in 10 Easy Steps with Primavera

Don McNatty, DRMcNatty & Associates

There is much discussion today about “Earned Value” being a simple concept that
has been unnecessarily complicated in implementation. In a recent paper titled
“Implementing Earned Value in 10 Easy Steps”, noted Earned Value consultant
Quentin W. Fleming discussed the essence of Earned Value in it’s simplest form. At
the request of Quentin Fleming, Don
McNatty developed this presentation
to provide a hands-on “how to” • What is Earned Value
perspective using the Primavera Project management?
software suite of tools. Mr. McNatty • Benefits of EVPM
has had much success with
• Implementing EVPM in
implementing project management
and control systems using a simple
10 Easy Steps
philosophy of avoiding unnecessary • Primavera as the
complication and using off-the-shelf foundation of your EVPM
tools to provide cost effective system
solutions to business management • Implementation
problems. Success using Earned Value
Project Management does not have to be complex! See how to simply set up
different methods for calculating earned value and how to apply these basic
concepts to your projects.


Don McNatty has almost 40 years of construction and

project management experience as a consultant,
construction company owner, chief estimator, and
construction project manager. He also has over 25
years of experience designing and implementing
automated project management and control systems
in a wide variety of environments. He developed one
of the first project administration software packages
used on local public works projects and was
instrumental in the design of nationally marketed
software for cost estimating, scheduling and cost
control. Mr. McNatty regularly speaks to local universities and industry associations
on project management system automation and “best practice” processes. He is
certified by Primavera Systems on all current Primavera software products in the
AEC environment and regularly designs and conducts training sessions for clients.
He has hands-on experience in designing and implementing project control and
integration solutions and has pioneered the deployment of remote
access/web/internet-based project management systems for the past ten years.
The DRMcNatty team has supported major projects worldwide since 1989.
Along with his wife, Linda McNatty, Don has built DRMcNatty & Associates, Inc. from
an independent consulting firm into a 25+person software sales, managed services,
training, implementation consulting and professional services firm in California,
Nevada and Arizona.