On the History of Earned Value Management


Responding to Pat Weaver’s LETTER TO THE EDITOR

dated 15 September 2022


By Dr. Paul D. Giammalvo

Jakarta, Indonesia

21 October 2022

Ref: Weaver, P. (2022). On the History of Earned Value Management, Letter to the Editor, PM World Journal, Vol. XI, Issue X, October. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/pmwj122-Oct2022-Weaver-on-the-history-of-EVM-Letter-to-Editor.pdf

Dear Editor,

Notwithstanding Pat’s condescending and “ad hominin” personal attacks, let me set the record straight.

I am NOT “just” or “only” an academic. For 55+ years, I have been a PRACTITIONER who spent 30 years as a Union carpenter and General Contractor, who happens to have earned my MS from GWU and a Ph.D. in Project and Program Management through the Institute Superieur De Gestion Industrielle (ISGI) and Ecole Superieure De Commerce De Lille (ESC-Lille), both while working full time and going to school part-time, under the supervision of Professor Christophe Bredillet, with such luminaries as J. Rodney Turner, Ralf Mueller, and Lynn Crawford as my dissertation review committee. This was no “degree mill.” I have also long been mentored by “big names” such as R. Max Wideman and the late Russ Archibald, who earned his honorary Ph.D. from ESC-Lille on the same day I did.

For 55+ years as a serial entrepreneur, I have “initiated, planned, executed, controlled and closed” many hundreds if not thousands of projects where my own money was on the line both as a Union CONTRACTOR (profit centers) and as a PROPERTY OWNER/DEVELOPER (cost or investment centers) using projects as an “asset delivery system” to “create, acquire, update, expand, repair, maintain and eventually dispose of” my PERSONAL and ORGANIZATIONAL ASSETS.

Having established my bona fides as both an academic and as a practitioner, here is my response to Pat’s letter.

CONSENSUS is NOT CONSISTENT with the “Scientific Method”

In the world of science, there is no such thing as CONSENSUS. (For a long time “consensus” was that the world was FLAT and, more recently, that mRNA vaccines were “safe” and could stop Covid 19, and we know what that “consensus” has done to us!!)

Italian scientist Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for teaching, among other heretical ideas, Copernicus’ heliocentric view of the Universe. https://www.famous-trials.com/bruno/261-home

Likewise, Galileo was “declared guilty of “vehement suspicion of heresy” by the Catholic Church for his teachings as well. https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/galileo/#GaliChur

The scientific method requires that theories or hypotheses meet 5 tests or criteria: https://sciencing.com/five-characteristics-scientific-method-10010518.html


To read entire Letter to the Editor, click here

How to cite this work: Giammalvo, P. D. (2022). On the History of Earned Value Management; Responding to Pat Weaver’s LETTER TO THE EDITOR dated 15 September 2022, Letter to the Editor, PM World Journal, Vol. XI, Issue XI, November. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/pmwj123-Nov2022-Giammalvo-in-response-to-pat-weaver-Letter-to-Editor.pdf