DCMA 14 point schedule check – Finish to Start Relationships

In our third article looking at the 14 point check we described how we at checked Lags, in this post we are going to take a look at Finish to Start relationships. The DCMA criteria states that the total number of activities with a Finish to Start relationship should make up 90% or greater of the total number of activities in the schedule. Non typical links should be limited to 10% of the schedule total number of activities.

Finish to Start Check To check this is Primavera P6 we used the following steps:

Step 1. Open the project that is to be checked then we need to create a new report through the Report Wizard.

Step 2. As it is the relationships we are interested in here, select Activity Relationships in the Subject Area. We do not require any additional subject areas so click next.

Step 3. Click on Columns so we can select the appropriate data we wish to include in the report. In this case we are interested in the Relationship Type. Only include this in the Selected options column.

Step 4. As we want the report in Excel select ASCII and ensure that the Text Qualifier is set to “. Run the report.

Step 5. Delete the top two rows in the excel report produced and add a 1 next to each identified Relationship Type. Insert a pivot table to group the data into the relevant Relationship Types.

Step 6. Now divide the total the FS Relationship Type by the total for all Relationship Types.

If the percentage is 90% or higher than the criteria has been met, if not then a review of the schedule relationship types may need to take place.

There are a further 13 checks prescribed by the DCMA which along with the Logic Check will be detailed out in further supporting documentation and video tutorials at http://www.myxacom.com where knowledge is no weight to carry.

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