Simon Dekker, President and CEO of Dekker, Ltd., has authored a white paper entitled Inside the Schedule: The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Tripwire Metrics, in which he discusses the specially designated "tripwire" metrics that appear in the DCMA 14-Point Schedule Assessment for federal projects.
DCMA has established a formalized process it uses to train analysts on how to evalute a federal contract's schedule performance. A part of this process, the 14-Point Schedule Assessment has generated some attention among project contractors, since they understand their schedules will be evaluated based on this criteria. But DCMA has never formally published the Assessment, and that leaves many contractors unsure of exactly what metrics are to be used on their performance assessments.
This paper explains what the current version of the 14-Point Assessment entails, and delves into the two specially designated "tripwire metrics" - what are they, why are they designated as "tripwires," and what do they tell us about a schedule? In addition, the paper introduces three other reports that contractors can perform on their own data in order to get a clear and up-to-date picture of their contract performance-to-date and projected future performance.
To read or download the white paper, click here.