DCMA 14 point schedule check – High Duration

In our seventh article looking at the 14 point check we described how we at checked Negative Float, in this post we are going to take a look at High Duration.

The DCMA criteria states that the total number of activities that have a duration longer than 2 months (44 working days) should not exceed 5% of the total number of activities in the schedule.

High Duration Check

To check this is Primavera P6 we used the following steps:

Step 1. In project view add the Total Activities column and make a note of this number.

Step 2. Create a new report using the Report Wizard, select Activities as it is activity data we require in the report. Add the Remaining Duration column as we are looking to find out how many activities have a duration of over 44 days.

Step 3. Create a filter to show only the activities with a Remaining Duration of over 44 days. Click through and type in the report name.

Step 4. Run the report ensuring to select ASCII and ensure that the Text Qualifier is set to “ so the output will be in Excel.

Step 5. Highlight the High Duration numbers and make a note of the count, divide this by the Total Activities number noted dow earlier.

If the percentage is 5% or less than the criteria has been met, if above the 5% then a schedule review may be required.

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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