Accurate Schedules Using The DCMA Assessment

Posted by Gail Medley on Dec 15, 2016 9:17:01 AM

In 2005, the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) implemented a 14-Point Schedule to help identify potential issues within project schedules. These 14 points act as a means of evaluating schedules to ensure they are built to best practices.

These points include a review of: 

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  2. Leads (Negative Lags) 
  3. Lags 
  4. Finish to Start Relationships
  5. Hard Constraints
  6. High Float
  7. Negative Float
  8. High Duration
  9. Invalid Dates
  10. Resources Assigned To Incomplete Tasks
  11. Missed Tasks
  12. Critical Path Test
  13. Critical Path Length Index (CPLI) 
  14. Baseline Execution Index  (BEI) 

While these are not the only issues that can exist within a schedule, these14 points help a project manager to avoid many of the most common schedule problems. Once you have fully reviewed your schedule using these guidelines, you can import your final project schedules (baseline and forecast schedules) into ARES PRISM for time phasing budgets, forecast, and for calculating percent complete on control accounts. 

An accurate schedule takes you one step closer to completing your project on time and within budget.

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This white paper explores the DCMA 14-Point Schedule Assessment and helps readers understand each metric's description, purpose, threshold calcuation and threshold value.


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