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A Method and Tool for Automatically Scaling Medium Size (MS) Project by Driver Baselines

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198653D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 21K

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Abstract

Method and tool is disclosed for scaling project plan templates.

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A Method and Tool for Automatically Scaling Medium Size (MS) Project by Driver

Baselines

Disclosed is a method and tool for scaling project plan templates included in Medium Size Project Plans.

A set of standard project plan templates are developed as a starting point for building the overall project plan. These project plan templates are sub-project plans in an End to End (E2E) project plan. Based on the services in scope, the sub-project plans are deleted out of the E2E master project plan by the Project Manager to adjust the project solution. Sub-project plans can be managed by a single or multiple Project Managers.

All these project plan templates are used to create a standard Repeatable Model (RM) process based on these templates. The project plan templates are all work effort based and not just duration based. For example, a task may require 2 hours of work effort, but the task may have the duration of 16 hours waiting on a task owners approval. Scaling takes place on the work effort hours and not on the duration hours. The project plans are designed to provide a project budget and staffing plan by skills.

The process starts with the lead Project Manager by deleteing the out of scope templates from the E2E project plan. Since the project plan templates are based on thousands of lines of a project plans tasks, the scaling of these project plans, manually, may take many days or weeks based on a project size. Manual scaling is not only inefficient, but also prone to errors. Manual adjustments can provide major staffing and cost inaccuracies, and put the project at a high risk of not making critical milestones and deliverables.

The method disclosed begins with taking each project plan template and building a driver table for that template that is either based on simple scaling (no baselines) or complex sca...