This section covers how to identify when costs are varying from the budget and how to manage those variations.

  • Earned Value Analysis – a method of periodically comparing the budgeted costs with the actual costs during the project.
  • Schedule Variance – the difference between planned and actual progress.
  • Estimated Cost to Complete the Project – a prediction, part way through the project, of how much money it will take to complete the unfinished activities.


  1. Read the the section Managing the Budget in the prescribed textbook (Web | PDF), Chapter 12 (pages 112-117 in the PDF version).
  2. Blog post: Think of an example from your own experience or professional context.
    • Complete an Earned Value Analysis, including the Schedule Variance (SV) and Cost Variance (CV) for your own example, and calculate the estimate to complete (ETC) assuming this variance continues.
    • Why is this information important for you to know?
    • What action(s) might you need to take?
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  5. Provide substantive, relevant comments on two other course participants’ blog posts. A substantive comment is at least four sentences that evidence your knowledge and experience in relation to another person’s post