The patent-pending HCP Method is a unique algorithmic approach to analyzing a project schedule in order to reveal and extract a wealth of detailed information critical to understanding the key aspects of any project schedule.
A primary output of the HCP analysis is a detailed list of the hidden critical paths (and near-critical paths) within the project, and the tasks requiring the most management attention. These "hidden critical tasks," often numbering in the dozens or hundreds, are key tasks on which project managers might not otherwise know to focus their attention. Other portions of the report detail actual flaws and inconsistencies in the schedule, hidden risk factors and various opportunities for improving the overall schedule.
We developed the proprietary HCP Method and we use it in our project management consulting business to help us provide extremely valuable information to our clients about their projects. To gain the benefits of HCP, you need to simply upload your Primavera or Microsoft Project schedule file via this Web site and we will prepare an analysis report for you. We offer the benefits of the HCP Method as a service; there is no software for you to install.
You may also email us your Primavera or Microsoft Project schedule file and/or email or call us with any questions you have.
We currently provide our HCP Deep Schedule Analysis on Primavera and Microsoft Project schedule files. If you are using a different project management system, please contact us and we'll determine if we can analyze the data in that format.
The CPM critical path highlights the activities in the schedule which have a combined total float of zero. As every project manager knows, a delay in these activities will cause the entire project to finish behind schedule. However, awareness of the CPM critical path is only the tip of the iceberg.
Besides the CPM critical path, there are typically many "hidden critical paths" which have a duration float of slightly less than the CPM critical path. If the project manager is unaware of these paths, and the activities included within them, there is a high probability that the lack of close management attention to these non-CPM activities will result in the project finishing late.
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An HCP Deep Schedule Analysis report on your project schedule will provide you with critical information on your schedule that you simply cannot get in any other way. Some of the particular benefits of obtaining an HCP Deep Schedule Analysis report include:
Read more detail about each of these benefits on the HCP Benefits page.
The results of an HCP Deep Schedule Analysis are delivered in the form of an HCP Deep Schedule Analysis report. This report holds great value for every level of project management and every player in the project, including:
Select one of the following to learn more about the value HCP delivers in particular types of applications:
The HCP Deep Schedule Analysis report condenses into a single document a wealth of critical information you need to know about your project schedule.
The first section of the report is an executive summary containing a unique Project Success Expectation graph, which presents a high-level, at-a-glance assessment of the integrity and robustness of the project schedule. The second section contains a detailed Schedule Integrity Analysis, in which important errors and inconsistencies are detailed.
The third and final section, HCP Critical Path Analysis, reveals crucial information hidden deep within the project – information you cannot get anywhere else.
As a new client, you are entitled to a free, no-strings-attached introductory HCP Deep Schedule Analysis report on your own project. The free introductory HCP Deep Schedule Analysis report includes a wealth of valuable information about your project schedule, but is primarily intended to demonstrate the great value that the complete report can provide you.
Once you have had a chance to review the introductory report, we are confident that you will want to order the full report for every project in which you are involved. The cost of ordering a full report ranges from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, depending on the number of activities/tasks in the schedule.
Secondly, we incorporate industry-standard SSL encryption from GeoTrust to secure your file while it is being uploaded to our server. You may click the GeoTrust icon to verify the secure status of this Web site.
Thirdly, you may completely remove all activity/task names from your schedule file before uploading it to us. Even though no proprietary information will be transmitted to us, we will still be able to analyze the schedule. (Note, however, that the omission of activity/task names will make it a bit more difficult for you to understand the resulting analysis report, as there will obviously be no activity/task names/descriptions. Instead, you will have use the WBS activity/task number as a reference to the activities/tasks in your schedule.)
HCP Project Management Consulting has been providing project management consulting to clients since 2004, specializing in the creation, analysis and optimization of complex project schedules.
Over a period of years, the company's founder, Tal Levanon, developed and perfected a unique, mathematically-based method of analyzing project schedules, called the Hidden Critical Path (HCP) method (patent pending, US PTO serial no. 11/361,809). The HCP Method reveals critical information hidden deep within Gantt-type project schedules – information which is invaluable for dramatically improve the planning, evaluation, execution and control of any project.
Beginning in 2009, HCP began offering detailed analysis reports of project schedules to project managers, schedule experts, contractors, asset owners and construction claims attorneys, worldwide. These professionals can now upload a Primavera or MS Project schedule file to HCP via its Web site and, within days, receive a Deep Schedule Analysis with an unprecedented wealth of critical management intelligence.