Easily create S curves from your favourite planning software.
Project Tracker is a Windows based application that imports project information from Primavera P6, Microsoft Project and Asta Powerproject* to create S-Curves which are used to analyze the progress of the project.
Most project management software does not provide in built S-Curve capability; therefore users must export data to spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel to plot the curves.
This method requires a number of steps and a certain level of knowledge including how to add resources or costs to the plan, how to create time phased exports from the PM tool, how to open the data in the spreadsheet and how to create graphs from the data. Project Tracker eliminates all of these steps.
Aside from the number of steps required to export data from PM software to a spreadsheet; this method can be acceptable as a reporting medium but the problem with this method is that the analytical possibilities are not available as the data is now disconnected from the actual plan.
Therefore rather than just importing the data required to plot a curve Project Tracker imports the activity data and is able to optionally plot a Gantt Chart under the S-Curve allowing the project manager to assess which activites may be causing issues and what action can be taken.
One of the key benefits of Project Tracker is that it will create an S-Curve using the durations of activities. To produce S-Surves using the spreadsheet method it has been neccessary to add resources and/or costs to all the activities in a project.
Project Tracker will of course plot resource and cost curves but can the ability to use duration data is unique.