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By Lidia Cabello
Approximately 80 Defense Contract Management Agency employees attended, either in person or virtually, the annual Earned Value Management Center offsite event held last month at the agency’s Fort Gregg-Adams, Va., headquarters.
The event was organized by Donna Holden, EVMS director, and featured guest speakers from DCMA’s Portfolio Management and Business Integration directorate, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, National Reconnaissance Office and the U.S. Army.
“Attendees participated in a three-day seminar of training, open forum discussions and special guest presentations,” said Holden. “We have 54 new or newly promoted employees in our center and since we are a geographically dispersed center, meeting new was such an intangible benefit, the outcome can almost be felt tangibly. The ability to really ensure we have the right employee, at the right space, at the right time to do the right work scope, and share that information across sub-teams for common understanding by all, was extremely beneficial.”
Holden said initial feedback indicates the event was extremely informative and well executed. “Being able to discuss issues and topics in an open forum format proved to be one of the favorite aspect of attendees.”
In addition to internally necessary DCMA-focused training, workshop events, breakouts and briefings, topics presented by EVMS subject matter experts external to the EVMS center included the following:
“Events like this help us to train employees, build capacity through employee knowledge, enforce mentoring across the workforce and capitalize on working as a team to help overcome future challenges,” said Holden. “We surveyed our EVMS center participants for most requested topics of interest, focused on learning environments most needed and best able to fit into this workshop environment, and even planned some intermittent fun and games and lunch-time yoga.”
Holden’s team created an after-offsite survey, sent to all employee, and is already looking to improve and generate future events.
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