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Quick Acid Tests


"Plowing through reams of project data can be a daunting and frustrating task. Likewise, trying to scratch around for project data when it appears none exists can be even more frustrating. This area describes some quick tests you can conduct using key project data. If the data does not exist, the project manager should be able to look back in the status reports and get some idea of how to complete the data chart. If no data is being collected, start collecting it immediately! Each of these tests is designed to give you an initial clue that a project is in trouble. More due diligence is needed to discover the root cause(s) and take corrective action(s)."

Work Ration Model

"How much work is left to complete the project? Are there enough resources to do that work? Often runaway projects have more work to do than the existing project team can accomplish."

Task Starts

"Tracking the number of tasks that have been started versus the number of tasks planned to have been started produces some revealing trends."

Task Completions

"Tracking the number of tasks that have been completed versus the number of tasks planned to have been completed also produces some revealing trends."


The above is an excerpt from a book written by Sanjiv Purba and Joseph Zucchero, published by McGraw-Hill/Osborne, 2100 Powell Street, 10th Floor, Emeryville, California 94608 U.S.A. Sanjiv has over 20 years of experience managing large projects and many years engaged in rescuing ailing projects.