The Generally Accepted Scheduling Principles (GASP) are comprised of eight tenets for constructing and utilizing schedules as a valid and effective management tool.
The goal of the GASP is to easily articulate schedule expectations for program management teams.
The eight GASP tenets are divided into the first five qualities that describe valid schedules and three qualities that describe effective schedules. Valid principles are defined as Complete, Traceable, Transparent, Statused and Predictive traits.
Effective principles include Usable, Resourced, and Controlled aspects of a schedule.
The purpose of the Generally Accepted Scheduling Principles is to serve as a high-level framework to reinforce sound scheduling.
Also, the GASP serve as a tool to validate schedule maturity and identify improvement areas for the program management team.
Ultimately, the GASP is a tool to objectively apply widely accepted or alternative scheduling approaches.
Schedule Health vs. Schedule Fitness
Many are familiar with the term "schedule health" that refers to a functional schedule that meets minimum management requirements. At AzTech, we prefer to look beyond schedule health, and instead aim for "schedule fitness."
A fit schedule exceeds a healthy schedule as it is robust and dynamic, guiding a program management team with meaningful progress and realistic forecasts. GASP compliance will ensure that a schedule remains a key management tool throughout the life of the program.
Our excel program will help you and your team have a good perception of what GASP is all about.
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