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Pipeline overall overview

Screen #1– Pipeline

Pipeline gives you a centralized view of multiple projects and their milestones in the system, including ongoing and inactive. Main features are projects prioritization, visualization of unfeasible planning, future load control and prediction of impacts on new changes of projects flow conditions.

There are 3 sections at Pipeline layout:

  • Ongoing projects are those which you and your team are currently working on.
  • Inactive projects are those which you have imported into the system but they are not taken in work. That could be new projects, a start of which we are waiting for, or projects which are currently frozen.
  • Future load graph The objective of the future load graph is telling the user if one or more resources are over- or under-loaded in the future. If someone gets overloaded, you have an assumed bottleneck that will not be able to create the flow of work that is demanded. Projects in “Inactive Projects” area do not create a load for Resources and treated by the system as paused and which are not put in work.

Project priority

Project priority is defined by the highest task’s priority of such and it tells you about feasibility(delivery) of the project by achieving its most constrained milestone.

Screen #2– Projects Priorities

Priorities are visualized by means of numbers from zero to one hundred and more. The following numbers will help you instantly get information on which projects are badly in need of closer attention.

0 – 50 indicate that you’ll most likely deliver the project on time according to your plan

80 implies that your project still has a 20% buffer, so you’ll most likely make to the deadline

100 shows that you will deliver the project on time, but you don’t have a buffer for it, so on-time delivery is possible only in case you don’t depart from the plan

101 means there’s one day delay, so you won’t be able to deliver the project on time even if you follow the plan

> 100 will warn you for how many days your project gets delayed. Each additional point indicates a day in project delay.

Screen #3– Delays for the Project’s delivery

Buffer monitoring

Screen #4– Monitoring pipeline

Epicflow introduced a buffer to fight the uncertainty. Along with planning certain projects and tasks uncertainty can be taken into account: monitor how much of the buffer is already consumed.

To the right from project name at Pipeline page you’ll see the rainbow of lines with past and current milestones and chains of tasks colored in red, yellow, green, and blue that correspond to the colors of the task with the highest priority for the selected chain.

  • Red signals unfeasible milestones
  • Yellow warns about buffer reduction
  • Green and blue show you’re on the right track
Note

The system can also highlight the chains in black if an error occurs. You’ll get the notification to check the dates to fix the order of tasks. For more detailed information on this topic please review Troubleshooting section.

Top Critical Path 

Critical Path is the longest chain of dependent tasks, between two milestones, which must be completed in order to deliver the project in time.  

Top Critical Path is the Critical Path with the Highest Priority. 

By left mouse click on any range of the project, at Pipeline page, new “Top Critical Path” window will be opened. It contains all Critical Path chains between two defined milestones and Top Critical Path chain is displayed at the top of the window.

Similar to other parts of the system each Critical Path line is colored in one of four colors: red, yellow, green, and blue. That corresponds to the color of the task with the highest priority in the chain.

  • Red signals unfeasible milestones\ lack of time to accomplish such in time
  • Yellow warns about buffer reduction
  • Green and blue show you’re on the right track
Note

The system can also highlight the chains in black if an error occurs. You’ll get the notification to check the dates to fix the order of tasks. For more detailed information on this topic please review Troubleshooting section.

With help of “Top Critical Chain”, you can

  • Change date for the selected milestone – define one in the date picker located above the displayed chains.

Screen #5– Top Critical Path – Milestone Date Change

  • Navigate between different milestone – press left mouse button right on the rhombus icon, located at the top of the displayed screen, and where applicable select an appropriate one from the appeared drop-down list.

Screen #6 – Top Critical Path – Navigation

  • Review list of tasks from the chain – press left mouse button on the line and you’ll be redirected to the “Task list” page with the tasks from the chain.

Screen #7 – Top Critical Path – Review List of tasks from the chain

For the colored in red Critical Path, lacking time to accomplish such chain will be displayed to the right from it, in “Lack of time, h” section. As an example on “Screenshot 8” we have lack of “36” working hours for the Top Critical Chain.

Screen #8 – Top Critical Path

Left mouse click on the selected Critical Path will display you a list of tasks from the chain with the most constrained task at the top of the list. This approach should be used as one of many to work out delays in chains of tasks on tasks accomplishment level.

Screen #9 – Top Critical Path Tasks List

Selection of the “Back to Pipeline” element will bring you back to the “Top Critical Path” window.

 

 

 

Updated on November 5, 2019

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