Project reporting made easy
Easily create S curves from your favorite planning software
Project Tracker is a Windows based application that imports project information from Primavera P6, Microsoft Project and Asta Powerproject* to create S-Curves which are used to analyze the progress of the project.
Most project management software does not provide in built S-Curve capability; therefore users must export data to spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel to plot the curves.
This method requires a number of steps and a certain level of knowledge including how to add resources or costs to the plan, how to create time phased exports from the PM tool, how to open the data in the spreadsheet and how to create graphs from the data. Project Tracker eliminates all of these steps.Aside from the number of steps required to export data from PM software to a spreadsheet; this method can be acceptable as a reporting medium but the problem with this method is that the analytical possibilities are not available as the data is now disconnected from the actual plan.
Therefore rather than just importing the data required to plot a curve Project Tracker imports the activity data and is able to optionally plot a Gantt Chart under the S-Curve allowing the project manager to assess which activites may be causing issues and what action can be taken.One of the key benefits of Project Tracker is that it will create an S-Curve using the durations of activities. To produce S-Surves using the spreadsheet method it has been neccessary to add resources and/or costs to all the activities in a project.
Project Tracker Key Benefits
- Import projects and baselines from Primavera P6
- Import projects and baselines from Microsoft Project
- Import projects and baselines from Asta Powerproject
- Create S curves without assigning costs or resources
- Create S curves without having to export to Excel
- View Gantt chart under S curve
- Data table showing S Curve information
- Fully configurable
- Easy to use and learn
- Filter by Portfolio, Project and WBS
- Filter by Resource and Activity code
- Batch print for multiple one click reports
- Text based progress report included
- Add text to curves
- Create and save views of filtered curves
- Dynamic feedback of progress status at any point
- Create forecast lines based on current progress rate
- Create recovery program lines
- Activity properties pane to view activities
- Save data to xml to share with other users
- Logo and version control on printouts
Project Tracker Plots
Figure 1: Project Tracker will plot resource and cost curves but the ability to use duration data is unique.
– Actual (the duration or cost or man hours complete at the data date)
– Forecast (the remaining duration or cost or man hours in the plan)
– Baseline 1 (the duration or cost or man hours in a baseline)
– Baseline 2 (the duration or cost or man hours in a second baseline)
– Target (the curve based on the duration or cost or man hours in the plan and adjusted using the current slippage and project growth at the data date)
– Recovery (the curve based on the duration or cost or man hours in the plan and adjusted to complete by a date specified by the user)
Figure 2: Project Tracker will also plot a per period bar graph of baseline and forecast values.
This is useful to see if too much or too little work has been planned at certain dates.
Figure 3: Once data has been imported Project Tracker allows graphs to be created by wbs hierarchy and or Activity Code. This is very useful for creating S-Curves by contractor or by floor or by section of the project; something not possible using the spreadsheet method.
Figures 4 & 5: The data that is diaplyed in the S-Curve is also tranlsated into a text based Progress Report.
This gives high level progress information and detailed description of the figures that underly it.
The progress report can be edited, saved and printed.
Figure 6: Optionally Project Tracker allows dynamic tracking of where the project is by moving the mouse over the forecast curve. A feedback dialog shows where the project should be and is at each date.
Figure 7: As the mouse passes over each date, the activities occurring at that point can be viewed. This list is dynamically updated as the mouse moves. This again is useful as it links the curves with the data in the plan.
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