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Title: IR214-2 - Cost/Schedule Trade-Off Tool
Publication Date: 1/1/2007
Product Type: Implementation Resource
Status: Tool
Pages: 0
This decision support tool, the CSTT, helps in identifying opportunities for trade-off between cost and schedule. User-friendly, this Microsoft® Excel spreadsheet assists in evaluating the degree of trade-off and identifies techniques to optimize cost and schedule. Ranks project drivers, quantifies the trade-off, ranks techniques by effectiveness, and lists applicable techniques by project phase.

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To assist the decision maker in identifying opportunities for trade-off between cost and schedule, the research team developed an Excel® based tool. This user-friendly tool evaluates the degree of tradeoff and assists in identifying techniques to optimize cost and schedule.

The CSTT is designed to accomplish the following:

  • Analysis of project drivers to rank importance of the drivers in the trade-off decision.
  • Quantify the trade-off between cost and schedule based on the drivers and set a scale to measure it.
  • Using this scale and the input from the impact assessment surveys, techniques are ranked by their relative effectiveness to achieve the trade-off.
  • Based on analysis, lists of applicable techniques are provided for each project phase individually as well as for the whole project.