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Journal of Engineering, Project, and Production Management, 2020, 10(1), 35-41

 

An Investigation into the Use of Laney U Chart as a Visual Schedule Tracker to Graphically Monitor the Schedule Performance Index

 

Jayet Moon

M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University, 6 Fern Ct, Newark, DE, USA. Email: jayetmoon@gmail.com.

 

Project Management

 

Received September 25, 2019; revised November 4, 2019; accepted November 8, 2019

 

Available online November 19, 2019

 

Abstract: The intent of this article is to explore a mathematically sound method to graphically monitor schedule performance index (SPI) such that it enables the project manager to take objective data based decisions regarding the progress of the project schedule. The article aims to leverage the theory and application of control charts, specifically the U chart and Laney U chart and test its applicability to earned value management by trending schedule performance index on a time series chart. Off the shelf software, MinitabTM was used to generate the control charts based on earned value and planned value. While this paper proves that the Laney U chart, with correct interpretation, acts as an effective trigger-based tool for schedule risk management, it also generates further avenues for research into similar use of control charts for cost performance and other quality indices.

 

Keywords: Schedule performance index, SPI, control chart, Laney U chart, U chart, schedule performance management, and schedule risk management.

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Citation: Moon, J. (2020). An Investigation into the Use of Laney U Chart as a Visual Schedule Tracker to Graphically Monitor the Schedule Performance Index. Journal of Engineering, Project, and Production Management, 10(1), 35-41.

DOI: 10.2478/jeppm-2020-0005
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