Project Analyzer Features
Compare analyzing your schedule—the old way versus Steelray Project Analyzer.
The Old Way
Analyzing a Schedule Manually
Analyzing a Schedule with Excel
- Visually review long, complicated schedules, trying in vain to find all of the potential problem areas
- Manually create reports in hours or even days
The New Way
Analyzing a Schedule with Project Analyzer
- If you’re using Microsoft Excel for schedule analysis, you’re limited to autofilters and counting. Because of this, you’ll miss many of the problems that Analyzer will programmatically uncover.
- Create reports with the data you need with only a few simple clicks
- Quickly assess your project schedule through patent-pending criteria including:
- Out of sequence activities
- Actual dates in the future
- Tasks that are missing predecessors, successors
- Non-effort tasks with assigned resources
- Tasks that haven't started whose predecessors are complete
- And, much more
With Project Analyzer, you don’t need to export to Microsoft® Office or copy and paste reports into another application. You can create reports directly in Excel®, PowerPoint®, Word, and even Web pages.
Steelray Project Analyzer Includes
- Trace Tool that calculates longest paths
- Circular Chain Detector that finds and reports on circular dependencies even across subprojects
- 14-Point Assessment tool that uses DCMA formulas
- A Schedule Comparison Tool
- UN/CEFACT Support
- The Steelray Coach that provides guidance and support on how to resolve potential issues. Three simple tabs explain what the issues are, how to resolve them, and the formula used in arriving at this conclusion.
Additional Features of Project Analyzer Include14-Point Assessment
A 14-Point Assessment based on DCMA’s formulas is part of Analyzer’s four built-in analysis tools. The 14-Point Assessment automatically calculates 12 of DCMA's 14 metrics, providing you with detailed, clear results. Built-in mini-applications deliver even more analysis capabilities. Save time ahead of a DCMA audit with a tool that’s equally useful across all industries.
Presentation Quality Scorecard
Our scorecard shows you green/yellow/red indicators for each criterion, along with an indicator that shows you the score in relation to customizable thresholds.
Customize your analysis with our intuitive Criteria Editor. This flexible editor allows you to:
Analyze by Phase/Period
- Specify no colors, red/green, or red/yellow/green color combinations
- Set numeric thresholds
- Indicate the scale: higher is better, lower is better, ideal value, etc.
- Use filters from your scheduling application in calculations
Global pre-filters allow you to analyze a subset of the project file based on anything that can be defined by a filter. Specify a filter and Analyzer will analyze only the tasks that are returned by that filter. This allows you to easily define a date range or phase of the schedule and analyze only that portion.
Justification (Pro Version)
Project Analyzer supports assigning a custom text field where you can provide an explanation of why a task should not be flagged as an issue.
You have complete control over whether justification affects scoring or simply provides documentation on some of the flagged issues.
Overall Score (Pro Version)
The overall score feature assigns a single score to an entire schedule.
In cases where multiple schedules are being analyzed, this highlights the schedules that need the most attention.
You can supply your own weightings for the criteria that make up the overall score.
Use Project Analyzer to analyze your UN/CEFACT files. Also included is a report to validate the UN/CEFACT file to verify that it is well formed.