• Guest article with Tal Levanon HCP-Go
  • Last update on 13/01/2021

Schedule Analysis Report – HCP Go

Examples of Critical path analysis

Are you looking for Examples of critical path analysis or more information about Schedule analysis report?

Let’s look at the following example:

  • Project schedule consultant gave you a schedule of your project.
  • You created a schedule of your project.
  • The contractor gave you, the project manager, a schedule.

How can you examine the schedule – and uncover problems? How can you pinpoint issues to address and manage?  How can you take proactive actions in order to avoid crisis in the project?

That is what HCP-Go, an addon to MS Project, does. The HCP-go analyzes the schedule for you in a very short time and writes a schedule analysis report, with five parts:

  1. Cover
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Executive Summary
  4. Schedule Quality Analysis
  5. Critical Path Analysis

On the cover you’ll have your logo (when license purchased), the HCP iceberg image, Project manager name, Report generator name and Report generation date.

Schedule Analysis Report – Executive Summary

The Executive Summary section holds within a lot of summary of data derived from the next two sections and most interesting – 

you’ll find a graph for estimating project success expectation according to the schedule, work contents and budget

Schedule Analysis Report

Schedule Integrity Analysis: Whatever does not comply with the rules of ‘how to write a schedule’ – you’ll find in this section. If things are ok – you’ll have a green V!

The HCP Go checks the schedule for these issues:

  1. Tasks (activities) not linked to successor tasks.
  2. Start-to-Finish (SF) links.
  3. Tasks with Predated Successors.
  4. Tasks with Calendar Inconsistencies.
  5. Overdue Tasks.
  6. Summary Tasks with Link Issues:
    1. Summary tasks linked to predecessor tasks
    2. Summary tasks linked to successor tasks

Your goal is to receive that:

Schedule Analysis Report

Project schedule report

To learn more about this section, read this  Examples of critical path analysis.

HCP Critical Path Analysis: The HCP maps the Critical Paths in the project according to HCP and the Hidden Critical Paths. (To understand the difference between the Critical Path by CPM and the Critical Path by HCP, read here :Critical path analysis

Following are the sub-sections – each has a detailed explanation in the report:

  1. HCP Critical Path Analysis Overview
  2. Tasks in the HCP Critical Paths
  3. Opportunities for Bringing Forward the Schedule’s End Date
  4. Risk issues (1): Overlapping Tasks in the HCP Critical Paths
  5. Risk issues (2): Tasks in the HCP Hidden critical Paths
  6. Risk issues (3): Difficult-to-Track Tasks
  7. Unstarted (Overdue) Paths
  8. Identified HCP Paths
  9. Redundant HCP Paths
  10. Enhanced Schedule File

For every task mentioned in the HCP report, you need to ask ‘why did this happen?’. The answer holds within interesting insights of the project!

For an example of HCP analysis report with all the Critical path analysis by HCP method, see here: HCP chedule analysis report 

One Response

  1. Tal

    Thanks for sharing!

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