W9_TOM_Setting up “Our Lovely House Brownfield Project” by using Humphreys Earned Value Project Management Technique

1. Problem Definition

I am planning to renovate my house in sha Allah in February 2014 and I will call it “Our Lovely House Brownfield Project”.

The term brownfield was originally used in construction and development to reference land that at some point was occupied by a permanent structure. In a brownfield project the structure would need to be demolished or renovated. (Source: http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/B/brownfield.html)


2. Development of Feasible Alternative

Learning from my previous experience few years ago in house renovation in which I did not have such a good planning thus in this forthcoming project I will try to implement Project Management Using Earned Value (Humphreys and Associates).

Figure 1 – Earned Value Project Management: The Process

Source: Humphreys, G. C. (2011). Project management using earned value (2nd ed.). Chapter 2 Definition of Scope, WBS (pp. 46). Orange, CA: Humphreys & Associates, Inc.

As shown in Figure 1 there are about 16 steps of earned value project management. In this blog I will try to run the step 1 and 2 initially.

3. Development Outcomes for Alternatives

Step 1 – Project Objective:

  • The project objectives firstly is building additional kitchen for more details cooking activities or in Bahasa we call it “Dapur Basah or Dapur Kotor”,
  • And my second project objective is building permanent car port.
  • Initial Budget for this project is IDR 90 million.
  • Expected Commencement date: 1-Feb-2014
  • Expected Completed date: 18-Mar-2014
  • Total Estimated Project Duration: 45 days or 1.5 months

Step 2 – Work Scope Definition, Risk Assessment and Management:

This step is to delineate, capture, and define the entire scope of the project. And it is also to avoid possible of scope changes which mainly will impact to the cost and schedule.

The method to define this work scope is called Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).

Humphreys said that WBS is the tool in Earned Value Management that organizes and defines the work scope. The WBS is typically displayed as a tree diagram, similar to a family tree. Each level of the WBS can have many elements; However, elements must sum to only one higher level element.

While the GAO said that WBS is the cornerstone of every program because it defines in detail the work necessary to accomplish a program’s objectives. For example, a typical WBS reflects the requirements to be accomplished to develop a program, and it provides a basis for identifying resources and activities necessary to produce deliverables.

Risks are to be identified in this step and parallel to be updated in the next steps.

4. Selection of Criteria

How to create a comprehensive and robust WBS? There are some references that can be used which are:

5. Analysis of the Alternative

Omniclass, Norsok, Jean-Yves Moine’s WBS Method are recommended by my AACE Class Mentor Dr. Paul D. Giammalvo.

And good reference from A Fahmi W8 Blog (https://simatupangaace2014.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/w8_afs_-managing-small-project-work-breakdown-structure-selection/) that Omniclass giving better level of details than Norsok.

6. Selection of Preferred Alternative

Since the level of details is the most important aspects to mitigate the possibility of schedule delay and budget over run therefore Omniclass is the most preferred alternative I will use to develop my House Renovation Project.

However since I do not have previous experience using Omniclass thus I might combine it with other reference and also based on my work experience.

7. Performance Monitoring & Post Evaluation Result.

This W9 Blog is the start or the first blog of this Developing House Renovation Project using Humphreys Project Management Technique, it will be serial of blogs maybe 4-6 more blogs to go until the step by step of Project Management Process is completed.

The reason I am doing this is because I think this is the best way for me to learn and implement the Humphreys Book and I will also using the “real case study” which is my plan for house renovation which I originally expect to be commenced on 1st February 2013. So my time will not be wasted and my greatest expectation that my understanding to Humphreys’ book can be shared to everyone who read my blog of this particular subject matters.


  1. Humphreys, G. C. (2011). Project management using earned value (2nd ed.). Orange, CA: Humphreys & Associates, Inc.
  2. United States. Government Accountability Office (2012). GAO schedule assessment guide: Best Practices for project schedules (GAO-12-120G). Retrieved from U.S. Govt. Accountability Office website: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-120G
  3. 3D-WBS.Blogspot.com. 3D Work Breakdown Structure, A Jean-Yves Moine’s Method. Retrieved on 6-Nov-13 from: http://3d-wbs.blogspot.com/
  4. Standard.no. Norsok Standard. Retrieved on 6-Nov-13 from http://www.standard.no/PageFiles/22773/Z-014%20Edition%202%20May%202012.pdf
  5. Omniclass.org. The Omniclass Construction Classification System. Retrieved on 6-Nov-13 fromhttp://www.omniclass.org/
  6. Matchware.com. WBS Template: Construction of A House. Retrieved on 7-Nov-13 from: http://www.matchware.com/en/templates/wbs-template-construction-of-a-house.php
  7. WordPress.com. Simatupang AACE 2014 Class. A Fahmi S Blog W8. Retrieved on 7-Nov-13 from: https://simatupangaace2014.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/w8_afs_-managing-small-project-work-breakdown-structure-selection/


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3 responses to “W9_TOM_Setting up “Our Lovely House Brownfield Project” by using Humphreys Earned Value Project Management Technique

  1. I LOVE it, Pak Tommy!!! Nice case study and I agree 100%- there is no better way to understand how to use Humphrey’s than to actually USE it on a simple project….

    My suggestion so you don’t get bogged down with Omniclass, focus only on Tables 21 and 22. Don’t waste time with phases for a project which only lasts 1.5 months, but it would be worth it to reference that table as well. Go to our war room and I am pretty sure I uploaded the Omniclass tables in Excel format. If not let me know and I will email them to you…

    I also will email you a really GREAT cost estimating template based on Table 21, Uniformat that probably will help you out a lot…

    Bottom line- great case study and I a thrilled to see you really immersing yourself in Humphrey’s. I PROMISE that it will really help you become a better project manager.

    Dr. PDG, Jakarta

  2. Hi Tommy, Love your case study and the fact that you are starting to really “get into” Humphrey. I honestly believe that book to be the best single reference ever written on applied project management. (And as Mba Yani will tell you, I have a HUGE library of books on project management- more than most universities have…..

    As promised, I have attached the Excel versions of Omniclass Tables 21, 22 and 31 as well as as an EXCELLENT cost estimating template based on Table 21, Uniformat……..

    Now that you have a three dimensional WBS all set up for you, let’s see you run with this…… (Too bad as this would have made a GREAT paper topic as well!!!)

    BR, Dr. PDG, Jakarta

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