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Project Controls vs Project Accounting - What's the Difference?

In my career, I've worked across multiple industries and companies and one thing that stands out is the confusion surrounding the function of Project Controls and what it is meant to achieve.  There are Project Accountants, administrators or finance personnel who “do a bit of Project Controls” however, they are actually just producing monthly project financial reports, invoices and cash flows which are only some of the functions that Project Controls is meant to accomplish.

Earned Value – A Simplistic Explanation

Over the years I have seen many articles, discussions and questions about Earned Value Management (EVM). What is it, how valuable is it as a management tool, how do you use it?  Often the explanation can be quite complex.  As is usual for experienced project managers or project cost practitioners we often talk in technical terminology.

Communications in Project Controls

Introduction to Communications

What is Communication in the Industry?

Project Controls Infrastructure

Author: "Project Controls Infrastructure"


This attached is called Project Controls Infrastructure, it provides a high level description of the Project Controls System that I recently deployed for a client and covers scheduling, estimating, cost control, document management and risk analysis.

Soft Skills are Vital for Effective Project Controls

"Soft Skills are Vital for Effective Project Controls" by Chris Carson, FAACE, PSP, DRMP, CEP, CCM, PMP Director of Program Controls ARCADIS U.S., Inc. & Pat C. Kelly, PSP, CPE Senior Project Controls Consultant Kelly Consulting, LLC


Project Controls – A Definition

The Guild of Project Controls is in formation, and most people have a view of what is involved in ‘project controls’ but what is the ‘dictionary’ definition of ‘project controls’?  To answer this question, my proposed definition for ‘project controls’ is:

The Most Overlooked Total Installed Cost (TIC) Items - An Integrated Consulting Article

Project estimating is one of the most critical components of PM. Done well, an accurate estimate helps to ensure project success. Done poorly, or not at all and the project can incur significant impacts. As important as Total Installed Cost (TIC) is to the success of a project, there are areas that are often overlooked in the estimates.

EVM Utilized Effectively-An Integrated Consulting Article

Proper execution of projects is often hampered by inadequate planning during the initiation phase, which evolves into plans which cannot be managed effectively during execution. However, even when the planning process is successful, and what is assumed to be a well derived plan is established, project management can still be ineffective. This is typically the result of not having the capability to accurately monitor and control schedule and/or cost.

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