Project Management

HCP - Hidden Critical Paths

HCP report indicates two main things clearly and accurately:

  1. Technical problems in the schedule.
  2. Hidden critical paths in the project plan.

Why is it important?

Technical problems usually indicate "heavier" problems – issues whose consequences on the schedule are difficult to resolve. If it is unresolvable in the software – how would it be in reality?

Hidden critical paths: Where we will not pay attention in the hidden critical paths – "Murphy" will be. When we'll get there in reality to perform the hidden critical paths – we'll make a desperate attempt to save the situation. Therefore, it is important to know about these hidden critical paths ahead of time ...

And what can you do with the report?

The report is edited in a user-friendly way that can be used to improve the project plan and understand the project logic thoroughly, especially if the project schedule is not written by you! In a paid report - it can also be with your logo and your name, so you can present it to your customer.

How to create HCP report?

3 simple intuitive steps - select your xml file, check header info, set parameters and GO!

  1. Step #1 – Select the xml file you want to analyze.
  2. Step #2 – Report header information and logo. (Customized in a paid report).
  3. Step #3 – Set parameters for running HCP analysis (from what date should the analysis be, last activity to analyze), set your email so you can receive an alert when the analysis is over - and run the HCP analysis!
  4. Upon completion of the analysis, there are three options:
    • View the report online, with convenient tag navigation between the various sections.
    • Download the report to your computer in printing format and/or in tag navigation.
    • Download the HCP file, which displays on your mpp file the HCP analysis results. In order to do so, you need to add only once a module to MS (versions 2007-2016) – there is a simple tutorial for that. In my experience, it's also the most significant part of my understanding what is happening in the schedule and it makes it easier to explain the findings to others…!

Very important!! – All data is deleted a week after creation, except for technical information related to performing the analysis, such as - time and date of the analysis, how long did the analysis take, who did the analysis, was the procedure successful or not, etc.


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