DCMA 14 point schedule check – Invalid Dates

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

The DCMA criteria states that there should not be any invalid dates in the schedule. These are defined as activities which have planned work in the past or actual work in the future, indicated by planned work being prior to the data date and actual work being ahead of the data date.

Invalid Date Check

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

Step 1. Open Primavera P6 and the project you wish to analyse and add the Total Activities column

Step 2.  Make a note of the Total Activities in the schedule. Now we need to create a filter to see if there are any activities that have an Actual Start Date beyond the Data Date.

Step 3. Set up the filter so it filters on activities with an Actual Start Date grater than the earliest Data Date.

Step 4. Apply the Filter, make a note of the count of activities and divide this to give you the percentage of Invalid Dates.

If there are such activities then these will require to be reviewed and amended.

There are a further 13 checks prescribed by the DCMA which along with the Invalid Dates 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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