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(RISK-2570) An Engineering Approach to Schedule Risk Assessment

Level: Intermediate
Author(s): Angela Tuffley; Adrian Pitman; Dr. Elizabeth Clark
Venue: 2017 AACE International Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL

Abstract: The Schedule Compliance Risk Assessment Methodology (SCRAM™)1 is an engineering-focused framework for reviewing complex programs to schedule drivers and identify root causes of schedule slippage, recommend remedial actions and forecast future milestone dates.

SCRAM provides executive decision makers with an understanding of why programs are slipping, the probability of achieving major schedule milestones schedule and what practical actions can to taken to mitigate risk and remediate the impact of issues to minimize further slippage.

SCRAM has been successfully applied to over 30 different major acquisition programs encompassing a variety of domains such as aerospace, maritime, communications, aircrew training, satellite ground control, and command and control. SCRAM has been applied at various points in the program lifecycle including pre-contract award, prior to Earned Value Management (EVM) Integrated Baseline Review (IBR), System Integration and Test as well as production and sustainment.

This paper provides an overview of the SCRAM method, the Root Causes Analysis of Schedule Slippage (RCASS) model and SCRAM’s use of Schedule Risk Assessment then summarizing key issues seen on programs reviewed to date.