The Ten Six ‘Pulse Check Schedule Assessment’ looks at 10 key schedule health metrics and provides initial analysis around the results. The metrics are focused on areas that have proven to be weak spots in schedule health over time and represent areas that the project should review. This would ensure a better understanding as to what the score is, why its important and, if applicable, what to do to resolve any issues.
The Ten Six ‘Pulse Check’ will look at a project file developed in Microsoft Project, Primavera P6 or Open Plan and deliver an Executive Summary report that answers the What, So What and Now What for your schedule.
What, So What and Now What
The What is the metric definition and score, these are the basic facts about your schedule health.
The So What is the why you should care about the metric. It’s one thing to see that you have Invalid Dates in your schedule, but what does that mean for the health of the schedule really? And more importantly, why you should, or shouldn’t, care about it in the context of the other metrics.
Finally, knowing what is wrong and why you should be concerned (or not) is only part of the story. Ultimately you need to understand what to do about a problem. The executive summary will provide an initial assessment of possible corrective actions your team can take to improve your schedule health. In addition to the Pulse Check report you will be able to request a live online review of your data for 30 days after delivery of the report.
Pulse Check Metrics
The following ten metrics are reviewed in the Ten Six Pulse Check:
- Invalid Dates – Invalid dates include invalid forecast dates in the past and actual dates in the future. Some tools allow these dates to exist. They should be corrected right away.
- High Duration – Durations that are greater than 2 months are an indication that the schedule is at too high a level and should be investigated to see if the activities can be devolved further for better accuracy in the schedule.
- Missed Activities – Missed activities are activities that have been completed or will be completed after its baseline dates. A large number of missed activities can indicate performance problems.
- Baseline Execution Index (BEI) – A metric that reports a project’s ability to execute against their baseline.
- Leads/Lags – Leads and lags are often used to force the start and finish dates of activities. In general they should be replaced with activities when possible.
- Hard Constraints – Hard constraints can override the logic in a schedule and drive false dates in a schedule. In general hard constraints should be avoided in a schedule.
- Missing Logic – Missing logic indicates an activity that is either missing a successor or predecessor. All normal activities should have at least one of each. Without one predecessor and one successor there is incomplete logic in a schedule.
- Out of Sequence – Out of sequence tasks are tasks that are not being completed as planned. Tasks completed out of order can indicate a problem with the logic or represent risk being injected into the schedule.
- Dangling Activities – Dangling activities are activities where the only predecessor is a start to start relationship or the only successor is a finish to finish.
- Negative Float – Negative float indicates a chain of activities that cannot finish within its early dates. Often created by hard constraints, negative float in a schedule needs to be corrected.
Contact Us Today
Contact us today for your free Pulse Check Schedule Assessment. Simply email your schedule and our team will perform the Pulse Check Schedule Assessment and prepare your Executive Summary Report.
Individual projects only, no master projects; source data will be destroyed after online brief or 30 days after the report is delivered, whichever comes first; your data will not be shared with any other organizations; one review per email/organizational division; offer expires on April 30th, 2015 and is only available for North American clients.