DCMA Schedule Analyzer forProject™ – Make Your Schedules Better

DCMA Schedule Analyzer forProject™ makes it quick and easy to identify and correct schedule problems and defects.  It works inside Microsoft Project to provide one-click access to the popular DCMA 14 point schedule assessment, along with over 80 additional counts and schedule health metrics. 

It provides a fast, easy and economical way to make your Microsoft Project schedules better.

Overview

DCMA Schedule Analyzer forProject is an add-in for Microsoft Project that is fast, economical and easy-to-use.   It supports Microsoft Project 2010, 2013 and 2016, including Microsoft Project Server and Project Online.

With one button click, you can assess your schedule using the proven DCMA 14-point schedule assessment, as well as over 80 additional schedule metrics and health checks.  An easy to read dashboard with user-configurable thresholds allows you to quickly identify problem areas.  Built-in filters allow you to isolate tasks that are causing the problems and to make the necessary corrections.

Clear Help messages explain each metric to your users and helps them use the tool efficiently to improve the quality and usefulness of your project schedules.

Key benefits :

Saves Time – You can produce these schedule health metrics quickly and easily with a single mouse click.  Built-in filters allow you to quickly isolate problem tasks and make corrections, saving valuable time and allowing teams to focus on improving the quality of schedules rather than struggling with multiple tools.

Measure Schedule Health – The main output is a simple-to-understand dashboard of key schedule quality metrics, with active links and the ability to highlight specific tasks that require attention.

Fast Improvement – Because it runs inside Microsoft Project, you can fix problems as soon as they’re found. The result?   Better schedules in less time, with less effort.

Saves money – Economically priced and with low training and deployment costs. Volume discounts are available for quantity purchases.

Overall, the DCMA Schedule Analyzer forProject gives you a fast, economical way to make your schedules better.

Contact us now for a quotation or demonstration.

New Features in Version 4.0

Version 4.0 is now available, incorporating feedback and requests from our users, including:

  • Over fifty (50) new metrics and health checks added in addition to the standard DCMA 14-point assessment
  • Support for twenty (20) of the DCMA Earned Value Analytic System (EVAS) data-driven compliance metrics
  • Improved support for Schedule Visibility Tasks (SVT)
  • Improved support for Schedule Margin (SM) Tasks
  • User-configurable thresholds for most metrics
  • Expanded export to Microsoft Excel with significantly improved export speed

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DCMA 14-Point Assessment Metrics

The DCMA 14-point assessment is widely recognized as a effective way to evaluate schedule quality against proven schedule metrics.  This methodology is used by numerous commercial and government organizations as a way to identify schedule deficiencies and to focus attention in the problem areas.  However, performing the assessment can be challenging and time-consuming for many users.

DCMA Schedule Analyzer forProject simplifies and streamlines the process of preparing the DCMA 14 point Assessment.   With one click you can produce the metrics required to satisfy DCMA guidelines, and can quickly identify and address problem areas that affect schedule quality.

Additional Schedule Health Checks

In addition to the DCMA 14-point metrics, you can access over 80 additional schedule counts, metrics and health checks.

This enables you to get a comprehensive picture of schedule health, and to quickly identify and correct potential problem areas.

Support for DCMA Earned Value Analysis System (EVAS) Metrics

With version 4,  DCMA Schedule Analyzer now supports twenty (20) of the DCMA data-driven EVAS metrics that are indicators of schedule quality, including:

  • Start-Finish (SF) Relationships (06A203a)
  • Start-Start (SS) or Finish-Finish (FF) Relationships (06A204a)
  • Dangling Starts or Finishes (06A204b)
  • Use of Lags (06A205a)
  • Use of Leads (negative Lag) (06A206a)
  • Summary Task with Logic (06A208a)
  • Use of Hard Constraints (06A209a)
  • LOE Tasks with Discrete Successor (06A210a)
  • Out of Sequence Updates (06A212a)
  • Missing Predecessor or Successor (06A213a)
  • Invalid Summary Baseline Dates (06A301a)
  • Critical Path (06A401a)
  • Missing Baseline Start or Finish dates (06A501a)
  • EV % > 0 with no Actual Start (06A505a)
  • EV % = 100 with no Actual Finish (06A505b)
  • Invalid Actual Start and Finish (06A506a)
  • Invalid Forecast Start and Finish (06A506b)
  • Forecast Dates Riding the Status Date (06A506c)
  • Planning Packages with Progress (10A302b)
  • Zero Duration Planning Package (10A303a)

Other Key Features

Configurable Thresholds

The thresholds for Red/Yellow/Green indicators can be specified for the DCMA 14-point metrics as well as the additional metrics and health checks.  The user can hover over the visual indicators to view the current threshold settings.

Excel Export

A flexible export to Excel is available, with both summary reports and detail worksheets showing the tasks that fail to meet the tests for each metric.

IPMR Format 6 Export in UN/CEFACT XML Format

If you have a formal requirement for the Integrated Program Management Report (IMPR) Format 6 – Integrated Master Schedule, the DCMA Schedule Analyzer forProject includes a configurable XML export tool.  This allows you to meet your contractual requirement to deliver your schedule according to the latest UN/CEFACT XML schema and PARCA requirements.


Support for Special Task Types

The Analyzer can be configured to recognize several important types of tasks, including:

  • Level of Effort (LOE) tasks
  • Planning Packages
  • Schedule Margin tasks
  • Schedule Visibility (SVT) tasks
  • Start tasks
  • Finish tasks

The user can specify which field(s) in Microsoft Project and what test condition is used to identify each different task type, and can control how these are handled during the schedule analysis.

System Requirements

  • Microsoft Project 2010, 2013 or 2016 (Standard and Professional editions)
  • Supports Microsoft Project Server or Project Online (2010 or later)
  • Windows 7 SP1 (or later), Windows 8 or Windows 10
  • Both 32-bit and 64-bit support
  • Microsoft Excel 2010, 2013 or 2016 (optional, to use Excel export feature)
  • Requires one available Text field (optional, to use Filter feature)

Pricing

Effective October 1, 2017, the price for the DCMA Schedule Analyzer (version 4) is $400 per user (perpetual license), plus $80 per year for software maintenance and technical support.  Volume discounts are available for 5+ licenses purchased at the same time.  Contact us for a quotation.

30-Day Trial Version Available

Email us at info@forproject.com, to request a fully-functional, 30-day trial version at no cost.  Please provide your name, organization/company name and email address.  We will reply shortly with download and installation instructions