The APS5 Framework is a structured project planning and scheduling ‘data-driven problem-solving‘ approach. This approach has five phases: Define, Assess, Optimise, Simulate and Validate. Each APS5 engagement begins with ‘Define‘ and ends with ‘Validate‘, and you progressively unlock your schedule’s potential by selecting in order ‘Assess‘, ‘Optimise‘ and ‘Simulate‘ phases. Each phase is described in more detail below.
/// APS1 – Define
Your APS5 service commences by clarifying your concerns and what it is you want to achieve. Specifically, problem and goal statements are defined along with failure consequences. The subsequent cost-free ‘APS5 Project Definition and Scope‘ business case offer is presented to you for review and approval.
/// APS4 – Simulate
The black-and-white focus of the critical path is refined by simulating project progress and understanding activity estimate uncertainty to your project’s final outcomes. Resulting simulation information identifies your projects 1) high risk activities, and 2) most accurate forecast method’s in advance of execution.
/// APS2 – Assess
Your schedule is translated into a WBS and a Network Chart to ensure these top-down plans are correct and comprehensive. Then your estimates are benchmarked to ensure they are credible and realistic. Finally, your schedule is benchmarked to pinpoint and resolve areas of concern and to validate project logic..
/// APS5 – Validate
To realise your schedule’s unlocked potential including key risk and forecast insights its important customer, management and team buy-in and validate our APS5 solution, which includes ensuring your project has robust controls that will keep your project on-track no matter what bumps it hits along the road.
/// APS3 – Optimise
Once your project plans, estimates and schedule have been corrected and updated, then your resource-constrained project scheduling problem can be solved. Depending on your needs, this involves minimising time, cost or resourcing, or some combination thereof that provides a good compromise.
We are constantly searching for new methods, tools and services that will enhance your APS5 experience, and we value your suggestions to make this a better service.
APS5 Supplementary Services
/// Schedule Execution
Under direction of your project manager we execute your schedule in accordance to your baseline plan. Schedule status information is collected and recorded so that we can calculate project performance and forecast outcomes. Top and bottom action thresholds are reviewed to lock in gains else recover losses. Finally, in accordance with your communications plan we distribute reports and maintain your baseline for approved scope, cost and time changes.
/// Schedule Forensics
Schedule forensics is a cost-effective solution to identify project additions, deletions and variances made to schedules over time. This root-cause-analysis can be used for ongoing project surveillance, contractor performance reporting or customer disputes.
/// Schedule Exploration
Depending on your project and / or portfolio needs we undertake sensitivity analysis, which studies and compares schedule behaviour in response to changes to a single input parameter. For a more comprehensive analysis we undertake scenario analysis, which studies and compares schedule behaviour in response to changes to multiple input parameters. Finally, we can accelerate your schedule by undertaking trade-off analysis.
/// Schedule Support
For those situations when you need an experienced consultant to support your team solve their complex problems during the concept, planning, scheduling or execution phases else to just be available for ad-hoc enquiries and to bounce ideas around.
/// Project Scheduling Game
The Project Scheduling Game is a simulation game that illustrates the complexity of scheduling a real project. The game solves a Critical Path Method network problem by focusing on the time/cost relationship of each project activity. By allocating resources to a particular activity, the project manager schedules the project with the negotiated project deadline in mind, focusing on the minimisation of the total project cost.
A PSG session consists of three parts: 1) a general introduction to the critical path method, 2) an 80-minute simulation and 3) a debriefing in which individual and / or team performance and strategies are discussed. The game will be of interest for project planners, managers and team members, and can be played in groups of two to three participants.
If you are interested in an APS5 supplementary service, else integrating and deploying onsite the Oritames APS Scheduler with your Project Management Information System, then please contact us for a demonstration and quote.