Integrated Baseline Review (IBR): Prep and Audit

Prep and audit180 days after contract award the government customer will usually require a detailed review of the program’s cost, schedule and technical baseline called an Integrated Baseline Review (IBR).

The goal of the IBR is to validate the integrity of the program technical, schedule, and cost baseline assumptions. The contractor must be able to demonstrate to the government customer that they have an executable program plan in place and that the associated risks and opportunities have been identified and quantified. The best way to verify that contractors are ready and able to support an IBR is to conduct a mock-IBR.

Quviant’s Approach

We use PMO and DCMA-style questionnaires, rating forms, and other applicable materials. We conduct a series of interviews and data traces with the control account managers (CAMs), integrated product team (IPT) leads, program and project managers, cost and schedule analysts and senior management.

Quviant provides one-on-one coaching for IPT managers and CAMs as required. On the final day, we conduct an exit brief to discuss the results of the mock IBR and action items to practice and improve on.

Our IBR Prep and Audit Includes:

  • Analysis and review the EVM System Description
  • Analysis and review of the program’s in-briefing, EVM storyboard walk through, and subsystem overview
  • Assess project work organization, schedule baseline, budget baseline, and risk data
  • Perform data traces and data quality checks
  • Interview project personnel
  • Produce an out briefing for management
  • Provide details about the mock review findings including an assessment of CAM performance
  • Recommendation of needed corrective actions

Quviant Clients Gain with Mock-IBR by:

  • Preparing program personnel to know what to expect in the real IBR
  • Preparing program personnel to increase PP&C and EVMS proficiency levels
  • Gaining fact-based findings to address system, implementation, data quality, or training issues in advance of the IBR
  • Enabling program teams to quickly develop and execute action plans to address uncovered issues
  • Increasing the potential for a successful outcome
  • Acquiring the confidence in the program plan and personnel to demonstrate their full understanding of the scope of work, baseline plan, risks and traceability between cost, schedule and the SOW
  • Decrease the potential of severe, Level 3 or 4 corrective action requests (CAR)