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Features

Task Analysis: The plug in assesses and categorizes the performance of the individual tasks in the schedule.  If the overall schedule shows signs of problems, the Project Manager can use the Task Analysis to quickly focus on the tasks that are at risk and take steps to remediate them.  The analysis also includes historical tasks (useful for retrospective analysis), future tasks (helpful for impact analysis and replanning), and housekeeping items (where clean up is required).  

Graphical Analysis: The Analyzer automatically generates graphs that display schedule performance.  The first graph shows the expected baseline performance of the schedule and the actual performance of the schedule.  The second graph shows two distinct measurements: variance and schedule performance index.  The variance is simply the difference between the baseline and the actual performance.  The schedule performance index is the ratio between the two.  The third graph shows how well the schedule is adhering to the plan.  If the actual performance is perfectly aligned with the plan, the value is 1.  Otherwise, the actual performance is out of alignment with the plan--the more it deviates, the higher the risk of schedule failure.

Numerical Details: The Analyzer provides a full breakdown on the results of the analysis for each time period specified.  The analysis uses advanced Earned Value techniques to compute the numbers.  One number of particular interest to the Project Manager is the projected end date.  This is based on the start date of the project and the schedule performance index.  New to the Task Performance Analyzer are measurements of Schedule Alignment.

Analysis Period: You select the period for the Analyzer to evaluate: months or weeks.  The Analyzer performs the analysis and reports on the results up to the "As Of" date, which you also specify.

Edit Checks: The Analyzer confirms that required baseline data is available for its calculations.  If it detects that the baseline has not been set, it advises you to ensure that resources and rates are entered and the baseline is set.

Warning Messages: The Analyzer assesses the results of the analysis and displays appropriate messages.  For instance, if it detects a late finish, it notifies you that the end date needs to be adjusted.