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Schedule Training

  • Schedule Margin
    The IPMR DID formally recognized schedule margin as a valid program management tool. This training snippet discusses the use of schedule margin, the way it can be modeled, and the standards that have been defined for its use.
  • Schedule Risk Assessment Overview
    This training snippet provides an overview of the Schedule Risk Assessment process. The presentation discusses generally why an SRA is required, how the process works, roles and responsibilities, and the review of SRA results.
  • Schedule Health Assessment Training

    • Overview
      A basic understanding of the terminology is required to understand the schedule health check results. Overview of scheduling terminology and Schedule Health Assessment Tests. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • Completeness
      Data needs to be in a standardized way in order for the SHA to be run properly and efficiently. This video has some tips on how to do this. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • Baseline Durations > 44 Days and Forecast Durations > 44 Day
      It is difficult to assess progress for longer tasks so these may need to be broken into smaller tasks. These two test check for baseline and forecast durations that are greater than 44 days. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • Data Field References
      Certain data elements are required by the IPMR DID: CA, CAM, EVT, IMP, WBS, SOW data must be included in the IMS structure. This test explains how to check for this documentation. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • Baseline Dates and Durations
      This test checks whether the schedule has been baselined or not. This allows tracking the actual schedule progress against the original plan to determine if the schedule is ahead or behind. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • Estimated Durations
      Microsoft Project allows estimated durations which can distort the critical path. This check tests whether any estimated durations exist in the schedule file. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • Duplicate Titles
      This test is to ensure each task is unique from other tasks in the schedule. This also facilitates filtering of tasks for analysis. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • Missing Logic
      Tasks without predecessors or successors do not allow for horizontal integration. If a discrete task has no logic ties, question whether it is actually required for program completion. Orphaned tasks can greatly influence the critical path. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • Summary Logic
      A summary task already derives dates through logic from its child tasks. Since all discrete tasks should have relationships, summary tasks do not need logic ties themselves. If links exist both on detail and summary tasks the logical float calculations may be distorted. This test applies to MS Project only. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • Finish-Start Relationships
      This test helps identify if logic ties model the real world situation and have not been misused to alter the schedule outcome. A Finish-Start FS relationship is logical - Task 1 must finish before task 2 begins. This test looks for excessive use of other relationship types. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • Float > 44 days
      Excessive float may indicate a missing successor. This test looks for float greater than 44 days. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • Negative Float
      Negative float is often a sign of a potential program milestone slip. It may indicate a date constraint in the schedule that is unachievable. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • Delay Constraints
      Excessive use of soft constraints may prevent the schedule from being logic driven. This check looks for constraints that delay the start or finish of a task. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • Leads/Lags
      A lead can be used to crash the schedule inappropriately. A lag may indicate a missing task as it essentially increases the duration of the task. This check looks for excessive use of leads and lags. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • Documentation
      Constraints, deadlines, leads and lags distort the schedule float and critical path calculations. Ensure use them has been documented so that IMS can be better understood. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • Constraints Preventing Movement
      Hard constraints can prohibit a slip by overriding network logic and invalidate the critical path. This test looks for excessive hard constraints. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • Status in Future
      This test identifies tasks that have actual start or finish dates in the future. This can distort the critical path and is usually an error. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • IMS Not Statused
      This test identifies tasks that have forecast start or finish dates in the past. This can distort the critical path and is usually an error. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • Critical Path Tests
      This test helps check the overall integrity of the network logic, specifically the critical path. This test can help identify missing predecessors and/or successors. It introduces intentional slip and negative float into the schedule to determine if the critical path is solid. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • LOE to Discrete
      Level of Effort tasks should not affect the critical path. This test checks if any LOE tasks are erroneously on the critical path. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • End Point Constraints
      Constraints should be applied to endpoint milestones so that total float is accurately calculated for the schedule network. This check helps identify if the constraints have been properly modeled. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".
    • BEI/Missed Tasks
      An excessive amount of missed tasks indicates the program is performing poorly compared to the baseline plan. As a result, it is unlikely the program will complete on time. This test checks for BEI (Baseline Execution Index) as well as missed tasks. For faster performance, right click on the link below and download the file to your computer using "Save target as".

EVM Training

  • Cost Health Checks
    The Cost Health Check Snippet discusses six quick checks that can be performed to gauge the overall health of cost data for an earned value contract.
  • Evaluating the Estimate at Completion
    This training snippet provides instruction on how to evaluate a contractor’s EAC position using IEAC and TCPI to CPI analysis
  • Overview of Compliance, Surveillance, and integrated Baseline reviews
    This training snippet provides a brief description of Compliance Reviews, Integrated Baseline Reviews, and Surveillance Reviews. It highlights the differences between them in purpose, approach, responsibility, and participation.
  • Price Vs. Usage Variance Analysis
    This training snippet discusses the application of price versus usage analysis for better understanding material and labor variances on EVM contracts.
  • Validating IPMR/CPR/IMS Deliverables
    This training snippet provides some basic validations to be performed monthly on IPMR, CPR, and IMS deliverables in order to assure a basic level of data/deliverable quality.
  • EVM Policy
    This snippet provides an overview of EVM Requirements as established in DOD Work Instruction 5000.02, the DFARs, and the policy letter which implemented IPMR reporting.
  • Recognition of Scope Change in the IPMR
    This training snippet attempts to explain how various types of contractual scope changes are to be reflected in IPMR & CPR reporting. It provides definitions for key terms, cites applicable sections of the IPMR DID, provides an example for both a scope addition and scope removal, and discusses the correct use of Authorized Unpriced Work.
  • Replanning, Reprogramming & SPA's
    This training snippet discusses the definitions of Replanning, Reprogramming, and Single Point Adjustments, and it provides examples to demonstrate the impacts of these different rebaseline options on program reporting metrics. Finally, it discusses the use of reporting metrics in a post-OTB scenario.
  • CEVM IPMR Training

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