Earned Value Management

Performance Measurement Baseline

The Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB) is an important tool in earned value management used by Program Managers and Systems Engineers in the Technical Assessment Process to appraise a program’s technical progress.  It includes the undistributed budget, all summary level planning package budgets, and all control account budgets but does not include management reserve. It establishes the contract level timed phased baseline against which contract level earned value metrics are computed. It establishes the scope, schedule, and budget targets for the program. The Integrated Baseline Review (IBR) establishes the PMB.

Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB)

The PMB is made up of three baselines that are:

  • Scope: The scope is the program performance based upon the Statement of Work (SOW) and Work Breakdown Schedule (WBS)
  • Schedule: The program schedule is included in the PMB and informs the program manager on the delivery performance of the program.
  • Budget: The funding for the overall program.

Purpose of the Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB)

The PMB allows the Program Manager (PM) to track program goals against a formal baseline. This tracking will alert the PM to any potential problems that might arise and to perform corrective actions to keep a program within its goals.

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Updated: 6/24/2021

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