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How to create a DCMA14 Analysis in ScheduleReaderTM

DCMA 14-Point Schedule Assessment report is a guideline created by The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) in order Department of Defense (DoD) to evaluate the number schedules received from the defense suppliers. Through the years, DCMA 14-Point Schedule Assessment becomes a universal guideline for project scheduling and incorporated into various number of software.

The following project’s parameters are tested:

  1. Logic – search the activities that are missing predecessors or successors;
  2. Leads – search the activities that have relationships with lag duration less than 0;
  3. Lags - search the activities that have relationships with lag duration greater than 0;
  4. Relationship Types – examines the relationships in the project. Majority of the relationships should be Finis-to-Start (FS);
  5. Hard Constraints – examines the inserted constraint in the project plan. Hard constraints should be minority in the project plan;
  6. High Float – search for activities with a Total Float greater than 352 hours;
  7. Negative Float – search for activities with a Total Float less than 0;
  8. High Duration – search for activities that have Remaining Duration greater than 352 hours;
  9. Invalid Dates – search for activities that have invalid actuals or remaining;
  10. Resources – search for activities with duration of at least one day that don’t have resources assign;
  11. Missed Tasks – search for activities whose actual finish date is later than their earlier planed finish date;
  12. Critical Path Test – on identified activity from critical chain grossly extend its remaining duration, and project completion date should be extended correspondingly;
  13. Critical Path Length Index (CPLI) – measures the ratio of the project critical path length plus the project total float to the project critical path length;
  14. Baseline Execution Index (BEI) – calculates the ratio of all of the tasks that have been completed versus the tasks that ‘should have been completed’ in the period between the Baseline Schedule and the current schedule.

The look of the DCMA 14-Point Schedule Assessment report is presented on the image below.

DCMA 14 Point Assessment Report

The table within DCMA 14 report gives tabular information for each metric i.e. details and percentage of completeness and graphical indicator whether the metrics is fulfilled or not. If user clicks on the outcome in the “Details” column, presented as hyperlink, new window will pop up with detailed information for the activities that do not meet the specified requirement.

DCMA 14 Point Assessment Report Window

DYNAMIC CRITERIA LIMITS FOR DCMA 14-POINT SCHEDULE ASSESSMENT

DCMA 14-Point Schedule Assessment report is created by predefined parameters. However, in ScheduleReader™ users can modify these settings and to insert their own, project specific criteria. Using the formatting functionality, they can change the criteria for all fourteen metrics, calculated in the report.

The following steps should be performed for changing the report’s metrics:

  1. Create the DCMA 14-Schedule Assessment report;
  2. Select the DCMA 14 Limits Settings, located in the “Reports” ribbon;
  3. From the “Pass If” columns for each metric, select the operator that will be used for validating the project data;
  4. Define the value that will be used for determine whether the metric is fulfill or not.

DCMA 14 Point Assessment Report Limits

“Reset to Default” will bring the initial state of the report’s metrics.

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