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Schedule quality webinar, 7 February 2017

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Schedule quality webinar
7 February 2017
APM Planning, Monitoring and Control SIG
presented by Franco Pittoni

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Schedule quality webinar, 7 February 2017

  1. 1. Schedule Quality Franco Pittoni Director FP Opera BIM & Project Controls franco.pittoni@fpopera.com 07812737559
  2. 2. Summary  Introduction  Quality  Schedule  SQ Standards & Tools  SQ Assessments  Conclusions
  3. 3. Introduction Purpose of this webinar  Schedule Quality (SQ) matters  SQ plays an important role in BIM & digitization  Raise your awareness and appetite in SQ  Involve you in the SQ improvement process
  4. 4. Introduction (Cont’d) Some facts
  5. 5. Introduction (Cont’d) Some facts  SQ is still grossly underestimated  Poor quality Schedules are still being produced  Projects-Programmes performance is still very poor  Some PMs-PDs question the need to create a Schedule SCHEDULE QUALITY IS A REALLY IMPORTANT MATTER
  6. 6. Quality Definition  The standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind  The degree of excellence of something How does it affect us?  In our private life  In our work life
  7. 7. Quality (cont’d) Quality in our private life  Important but not affordable
  8. 8. Quality (cont’d) Quality in our private life  Variety may be considered more important
  9. 9. Quality (cont’d) Quality in our private life  Quantity may be considered more important than Q
  10. 10. Quality (cont’d) Quality in our work life  An Important component of success
  11. 11. Quality (cont’d) Quality in our work life  It may affect our rate of growth
  12. 12. Quality (cont’d) Quality in our work life  Q may lead to more realistic commitments QUALITY IN OUR WORK LIFE IN NOT AN OPTION
  13. 13. Schedule Definition Schedule is a thing, created by a planner in close co- operation with the Project team, for the purpose of providing reliable and timely answers to the typical questions that PMs/PDs need in order to manage a Project successfully
  14. 14. Schedule (Cont’d) Key questions  What does Schedule Quality (SQ) really mean?  How can it be measured?  How can the SQ scoring be accepted globally?
  15. 15. Schedule (Cont’d) A definition of a Schedule Quality could be:  It provides all the main elements of information required to manage a project  The information must be reliable and traceable  All the elements of information must be promptly available  Data must be structured according to the audience that is going to utilize it
  16. 16. Schedule (Cont’d) Examples of answers that a Schedule is supposed to provide: Question Answer What is the Project Scope? WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) When should activity xyz start & finish? Start & Finish dates (early & late) Which activity or milestone is critical? Total float (criticality) How many resources does the Project need in the next 4 months? Resource profiles (Human, Material , Plant) When is the project supposed to spend 60% of the budget? “S” curve associated with the Baseline Schedule (cost loaded) Is the project ahead or behind schedule? SPI - Earned Schedule Analysis (Baseline vs Current)
  17. 17. SQ Standards & Tools Standards  SQ is still a blurred concept in many organisations  Recently some official SQ standards have been introduced (DCMA, GAO, NASA)  Some software houses have invested in dedicated SQ tools
  18. 18. SQ Standards & Tools (Cont’d) SQ specialised tools  Acumen Fuse  XER toolkit  Primavera  Excel
  19. 19. SQ Standards (Cont’d) DCMA 14 points Acumen Fuse 1. Logic 1. Missing Logic 2. Leads 2. Logic Density™ 3. Lags 3. Critical 4. Relationship Types 4. Hard Constraints 5. Hard Constraints 5. Negative Float 6. High Float 6. Insufficient Detail™ 7. Negative Float 7. Number of Lags 8. High Duration 8. Number of Leads 9. Invalid Dates 9. Merge Hotspot 10. Resources 11. Missed Tasks 12. Critical Path Test 13. Critical Path Length Index (CPLI) 14. Baseline Execution Index (BEI)
  20. 20. SQ Assessment All the pre-requisites for a “computer aided SQ assessment” appear to be there:  There is a common understanding of why SQ matters  Standard metrics exist and bespoke ones can be established  Powerful tools are available What is missing? Why are there still many Projects that perform poorly?
  21. 21. SQ Assessment (Cont’d) Human contribution:  Language clarity  Correctness of dependencies  Adequacy of coding system  Correct assignment of code values  Understanding the operating environment  Definition of Activities that are measurable
  22. 22. SQ Assessment (Cont’d) Some examples (Language clarity)
  23. 23. SQ Assessment (Cont’d) Some examples (dependencies)
  24. 24. Conclusions A realistic assessment of the present situation  In spite of reliable reports on projects failures there is insufficient understanding and buy-in by Top Management  Studies on the reasons of Project failures should be taken in due consideration  Middle management should not provide unreliable and distorted information to Top Management  Objective difficulties of adopting a consistent approach in large projects delivered by large players  Some tools are still considered rather expensive  Not many good trainers are available
  25. 25. Conclusions An optimistic look into the future  High quality and credible schedules will acquire more and more visibility  The above will encourage the development of Quality measurement methodologies and tools of what I call the “Planning System”  The Quality of Progress Reporting is receiving some attention and is likely to raise soon  In a world where BIM and digitisation are rapidly growing, the quality of the schedule will play an increasingly important role  BIM and digitisation (4D, 5D and 6D) will accelerate the migration towards an inevitable “merge” of disciplines, which have operated in parallel for too many years, into something more cohesive and integrated Somebody will find a name (and acronym) for this new and smarter way of working
  26. 26. Conclusions (Cont’d) Long life to a high quality schedule !
  27. 27. Franco Pittoni franco.pittoni@fpopera.com 07812737559
  28. 28. This presentation was delivered at an APM webinar To find out more about upcoming webinars please visit our website www.apm.org.uk/events

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