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# Milestones Trend Analysis (MTA) - Fundamentals

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Brief introduction to the milestones trend analysis tool.
Listen to the related podcast: http://www.ricardo-vargas.com/podcasts/understading-the-milestone-trend-analysis-mta-part-1-of-2

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### Milestones Trend Analysis (MTA) - Fundamentals

1. 1. © BY RICARDO VIANA VARGAS. TODOS OS DIREITOS RESERVADOS MTA – Milestones Trend Analysis
2. 2. © BY RICARDO VIANA VARGAS. TODOS OS DIREITOS RESERVADOS MTA Concept MTA  is  a  management  tool  that   aims  to  show  the  milestones   evolu3on  using  a  simple  and   unique  graph.     The  milestones  are  displayed   ver3cally  and  the  dates  of   execu3on  of  the  milestones  are   reported  in  the  horizontal  lines.     Each  milestone  is  represented   by  a  diﬀerent  color  or  paAern.   2
3. 3. © BY RICARDO VIANA VARGAS. TODOS OS DIREITOS RESERVADOS Analysis a)  Normal  Line   •  When  the  proposed  dates  are  respected,  the  line  is  displayed  as  an   horizontal  line  with  only  small  devia3ons.   b)  Rising  Line   •  When  the  proposed  dates  are  late,  the  line  that  represent  the  evolu3on   of  the  milestone  goes  up  in  the  graph.   3
4. 4. © BY RICARDO VIANA VARGAS. TODOS OS DIREITOS RESERVADOS Analysis c)  Turn  of  Trend  Lines   •  Un3l  close  to  the  end,  the  lines  seems  to  be  under  control  (normal   lines).  When  the  deadline  is  approaching  the  lines  suddenly  change  to   rising  lines.  Usually  this  is  an  evidence  of  the  Syndrom  of  99%.   d)  Diverging  Lines   •  When  interdependent  milestones  diverge  strongly  in  the  forecast.   4
5. 5. © BY RICARDO VIANA VARGAS. TODOS OS DIREITOS RESERVADOS Análise e)  Falling  Lines   •  When  the  milestones  are  reported  to  be  an3cipated.  Maybe  this  could   suggest  a  very  conserva3ve  planning  (risk  averse).   f)  Zig  Zag  Lines   •  If  the  lines  are  displayed  in  a  zig  zag  format  this  could  suggest  that  the   plan  is  not  reliable  to  suggest  any  kind  of  forecast.   5
6. 6. © BY RICARDO VIANA VARGAS. TODOS OS DIREITOS RESERVADOS MTA Using Microsoft Project Suggested  SoMware  –  TPG  MTA  Client  –   www.theprojectgroup.com   6
7. 7. © BY RICARDO VIANA VARGAS. TODOS OS DIREITOS RESERVADOS MTA 7
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