When working on a schedule to determine its integrity sometimes it can be useful to work out potential problem areas for certain tasks, so for example if you have a schedule where you have found a lot of missing logic, is this because hard constraints have been set instead? Do you have any critical activities that have insufficient detail, in other words they are too long, that could cause delays to the schedule further down the line.

Comparison analysis allows you to check this. By choosing one metric and comparing it to another you can see where each occurs in a project or snapshot and where both occur.

Comparison Analysis is useful to check multiple analysis criteria, you may want to look at the progress of a schedule over time and look at trends.

Trend Analysis in Acumen FUSE allows you to view trends across the lifespan of a project.

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You firstly need to import a project and at least one snapshot, remember a snapshot is showing the same project but at a different time period. You can then choose the metric view you wish to work with and perform Trend Analysis. This allows you to compare the metrics of the project and each snapshot either textually or graphically and review improvements or not over time and make any necessary remedial action.

We hope you enjoyed this brief overview of Comparison and Trend Analysis in Acumen FUSE. But believe us, there is plenty more that this tool can do to help you develop more robust and reliable schedules.

For any of you already using Acumen FUSE or thinking of using it, Underscore Training are an Accredited Deltek Training Partner, which means that we have the support from Deltek and also feedback into the tool and future releases while still being an independent learning and development provider. We offer a two-day Acumen FUSE training programme which looks in depth at the different elements of the tool and gives participants the chance for hands on use in a safe environment. Common feedback from those attending the course was that they were amazed at how much it could do and realised they were only using perhaps 10% of its capability!

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