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    Schedule Inspector

    Vendor: BARBECANA

    Barbecana's Schedule Inspector™ is an add-in to Microsoft Project (2007 and above) that helps improve the quality of schedules by checking for typical errors and the use of scheduling best practices.

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    Schedule Inspector is highly customizable. You need perform only those tests you think are appropriate to your circumstances, and most tests can be customized. Results are displayed color-coded on screen and can also be printed. Offending tasks can also be automatically flagged in Project so that the user can fix the problems.

    • Choose which of the 30 customizable tests you want to perform.
    • Baseline execution index (DCMA metric # 14)
    • Baseline duration exceeds threshold (DCMA metric # 8)
    • Critical path length index (DCMA metric # 13)
    • Critical path test (DCMA metric # 12; adding threshold does not delay designated finish task)
    • Duplicate task names
    • Finish-Start relationships (DCMA metric # 4)
    • Hard constraints (DCMA metric # 5)
    • Inactive tasks
    • Invalid forecast date(s) (DCMA metric # 9 Part 1)
    • Invalid actual date(s) (DCMA metric # 9 Part 2)
    • Lags bigger than threshold (DCMA metric # 3)
    • Leads bigger than threshold (DCMA metric # 2)
    • LOE tasks on critical path (Preamble to DCMA Guide)
    • LOE, Summary, Milestone not mutually exclusive (Implied by DCMA Guide)
    • Manually scheduled tasks
    • Milestones with resources
    • Missed tasks (lateness exceeds threshold) (DCMA metric # 11)
    • More than threshold number of predecessors (Preamble to DCMA Guide)
    • More than threshold number of successors (Preamble to DCMA Guide)
    • Negative slack exceeds threshold (DCMA metric # 7)
    • No baseline start or finish date (Excluded by most DCMA tests)
    • No predecessors (DCMA metric # 1 Part 1)
    • No successors (DCMA metric # 1 Part 2)
    • No resources (DCMA metric # 10)
    • Out of sequence progress (Preamble to DCMA Guide)
    • Planning packages before cutoff date (Preamble to DCMA Guide)
    • Slack exceeds threshold (DCMA metric # 6)
    • Summary tasks with relationships (Preamble to DCMA Guide)
    • Summary tasks with resources
    • Tasks with redundant predecessors
    • Configure settings like whether to require a baseline, which baseline to use, how LoE, planning package, and milestone are defined.
    • Default settings for DCMA and non-DCMA settings.
    • Special DCMA format report.
    • Remembers settings for each project.
    • Click on a test for a list of failing tasks, then fix them or highlight/filter them in Project.
    • Global fixes to some problems.
    • Show critical path to a task other than the logical project finish.
    • Check for redundant relationships.