The third step of a typical Oracle | Primavera Risk (Pertmaster) Monte Carlo analysis is to validate the integrity of the schedule logic. The Primavera Risk schedule check flags areas of concern or note in the schedule. This training article will review the schedule check options that are set prior to running the report.
This section will review not only what the individual schedule checks that can be run but also why Primavera Risk checks for certain items that other scheduling tools do not. We will note areas where the schedule check overlaps with those in other tools and areas where Pertmaster sees things slightly differently due to the risk analysis focus. It is important to keep in mind that a flag does not mean the area of the schedule is bad or must be fixed, it is flagging a condition that could be a concern.
There is no schedule check in the world that can detect if a schedule is “good,” however they can find fundamental flaws in the logic that would indicate that the schedule is not clean. It is a good rule of thumb that if you choose not to clean a flaw, then you should document somewhere why the flaw is acceptable. A poor schedule invalidates a schedule Monte Carlo analysis. It is better to show and explain flaws than to have an analysis ruled as wrong. We will break these flags down by our view of order of importance relative to running an accurate schedule Monte Carlo analysis. Keep in mind that a check marked as low could potentially have more impact than a high impact flag in some cases.
Open the schedule check options by following the menu path Reports | Schedule Check Options…
Lower Risk Flags:
The schedule rationale tab gives the Oracle reasoning behind each check. Users can choose to have the rationale put in the report as documented or with user-defined edits.
The options tab has a few check box and drop-down options for running the report. The options are related to how the data is displayed in the report and not which checks are run. The options can be edited based on user or company preferences, however the default settings can be used for most project managers.
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