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One of the best ways to know whether an IT project schedule is viable or not, is to measure it against various quality checks. For example, various IT consulting firms in Australia check IT project schedules that range from low quality to high quality. Certified project managers who are having several years of experience in managing projects cannot make a good schedule; the plan should be checked throughout.
Evaluating the project schedule is subjective unless there are several criteria to follow. Almost all the well-structured organizations have project schedule guidelines, but unless the schedule is reviewed properly, the project schedule might contain defects that can impact the overall product delivery. Project scheduling is the forecasted model of the upcoming events, so you should make a model that will reflect your future goals.
Logical Check- It evaluates if any task is missing a successor or a predecessor in the given schedule. Logically, all the project activities should have at least one predecessor or successor tasks. Otherwise, it can lead to an orphaned task. A quality schedule should not have more than 5% of the Task missing.
Leads Check- It looks for the negative tags in the project schedule. A good quality schedule should be having zero leads as they will further impact the project’s critical path.
Lags Check- It ensures that the schedule has fewer lags in the project as lags will impact the critical path. A good quality schedule will have less than a 5% lag.
Relationship Types Check- It validates 90% of tasks have a Finish to Start relationships.
Hard Constraint Check: The activity has the Must Finish On, Must Start On, Start No Later Than, Finish No Later Than constraint. A high-quality schedule has less than 5% constraints.
High Duration Check- it identifies that any task has a baseline duration greater than 44 days. As per the experts, such tasks can be broken down into several discrete tasks. The high duration tasks should not cross 5%.
Resource Check- identifies all the tasks that are not having any resource assigned to them. A good schedule has all resources assigned to a task.
Invalid Dates Check- it identifies any total task having a scheduled start, finish date before the project status date and actual start date, or finish date after project status date.
These few important checks should be carried on while accessing the IT project schedule. If you are running an IT business, it is crucial to consult a firm like Golden Eagle Solutions that provides the best IT consulting services.