Benefits...regardless of role
The Analyzer has benefits for individuals, regardless of their role. If any individuals are responsible for assessing and improving schedule performance, the Schedule Performance Analyzer© is for them. What about Organizations? There, too, the Schedule Performance Analyzer© has benefits.
To keep the project on schedule, PMs need fast, accurate measures of current schedule performance and estimates of future schedule impact. If the project is running late, they need to understand the probability of recovery. Finally, they need to know how well execution is adhering to plan and how deviations will delay the project.
All of this must be easily understood, readily communicated, and easy to share.
That's a tall order. But, the Schedule Performance Analyzer© delivers it.
To operate the schedule, Schedulers need more than the "big picture". They need the details behind it to answer such questions as: If the project is late, how late is it? If the project needs to recover, how much time will it take and at what efficiency? If execution does not adhere to the plan, where is it deviating?
At same time, Schedulers must communicate their findings.
By framing the metrics as dates, times, and durations, ES faciliates such communication across roles, projects, and portfolios.
Tasked with helping projects stay on schedule, PMOs and Controllers need quantitative metrics that apply consistently across roles, projects, and portfolios.
Consistency helps PMOs and Controllers quickly and fairly assess status across projects. It sets common grounds for feedback to projects and for oversight reports to management.
As standards, ES metrics have been institutionalized by the Project Management Institute, U.S. National Defence Industry Association, and International Organization for Standardization.
What's in it for Organizations?
First, the Schedule Performance Analyzer© supports key roles in an organization. It gives those roles tools to help them do their jobs, showing concern and respect. By setting shared, objective benchmarks, they promote fairness and equity. In short, they contribute to employee satisfaction (ESAT in HR lingo).
Beyond that, it gives Organizations a common view into schedule performance across projects in its portfolio. That supports decision making on priorities. That's especially useful for re-balancing portfolios and in planning cycles for the future.
Finally, the Schedule Peformance Analyzer© helps align Organizations with international standards such as ISO. The alignment enhances the reputation of the Organization and in some cases is required for certification.