Our skills and expertise
Who we are
PMA Technologies is a unique fusion of active PM practitioners and accomplished software developers and designers with over forty years of experience in project management and scheduling innovation. We promote open communication in planning and risk management to improve project understanding and execution.
We actively develop NetPoint®, a planning and scheduling application that encourages collaboration, and NetRisk™, a schedule risk analysis tool that accurately predicts projects contingencies. Both NetPoint and NetRisk are powered by GPM®, a flexible scheduling algorithm that enables real-time feedback and schedule optimization. Our passion for reliable schedules led to the development of Schedule MD™, a program designed to analyze P6 and NetPoint files to improve schedule reliability.
We listen to our customers’ feedback and continue to develop solutions to help them achieve project success.
Dr. Gui Ponce de Leon
CEO at PMA Consultants
Gui is the founder and CEO of PMA and creator of the Graphical Path Method. With over 50 years of experience, he is recognized as one of our nation’s foremost planning and scheduling subject matter experts.
COO at PMA Technologies
As CTO, Tim orchestrated the launch of PMA Technologies. He leads the software and business development team and has implemented our comprehensive training services.
Sergio Ponce de Leon
Senior Director, Product Management
Sergio Ponce de Leon leads product management and design. His experience includes user experience research & design, agile methodologies, product strategy, planning & scheduling, and machine learning. Sergio is pursuing a PhD in Cognitive and Information Sciences.
Seve Ponce de Leon
Senior Director, Product Management
Seve leads product management for innovation and software at PMA Consultants. He has over 10 years of experience including user research, design, testing, agile methodologies, product strategy, planning, scheduling, and risk management.
Dr. Vivek Puri
Vivek has significant experience with planning and executing projects in both construction and information technology areas. He leads research and development relating to NetPoint, NetRisk, and Schedule MD. His doctoral work was in the area of simulation applications for construction planning.
GPM & NetPoint training
As exclusive providers of GPM and NetPoint, PMA educates all levels of project management practitioners on understanding the fundamentals of GPM, mastering advanced features of NetPoint, leading collaborative planning sessions, and more. Training seminars typically range from one to three days and can be held in person or virtual. All attendees receive temporary NetPoint licenses during the training period.
Interactive Collaborative Planning
Our facilitators help your team get maximum value from collaborative planning sessions from preparation to execution to post-session support. NetPoint® collaborative planning sessions don’t require that participants be scheduling experts. Instead, the synergistic nature of the software allows all participants to come away with a deeper understanding of the project timeline and important activity logic relationships. The result is a clear representation of the project that can be efficiently communicated to all team members.
A NetPoint expert works with your team to collect important information ahead of the session to ensure that everyone is prepared to participate. Next, we facilitate information gathering during the planning session as the schedule is built using input from critical stakeholders. NetPoint schedules can be created virtually, projected onto a large screen or wall, and in some cases, with special touch-enabled equipment to facilitate hands-on interaction and participation. Finally, our experts are here to assist you with questions and support via ongoing web-based or on-site consultation.
Project Consulting with Schedule MD
Our project management consulting services include analysis and scoring of project schedules for more reliable results. The innovative features of our in-house software, Schedule MD, are designed with this goal in mind. Schedule MD deploys its Schedule IQ algorithm to score the reliability of your schedule based on compliance with PMA’s Core Traits of a Reliable Schedule protocol. The algorithm considers logic, constraints, float values, the critical path, relationships, durations, progress, forensics, resources, WBS assignments, risk, weather, earned value, calendars, and more. We use these metrics to help project planners identify and repair the weakest parts of their schedules, resulting in more reliable overall scores.
Cost & Schedule Risk Analysis
NetRisk is the first and only Monte Carlo risk analysis software that can model the risk of float use during simulation. Using NetRisk, professionals develop qualitative risk assessments in coordination with project stakeholders; integrate those assessments into robust, quantitative cost and schedule risk analysis; and monitor and mitigate any risks throughout the entire risk management process. Using NetRisk’s spreadsheet-style interface, we will show you how to derive data directly from Excel and map costs to activities or level-of-effort type activities, resulting in a truly integrated cost and schedule risk model for your clients.
PMA risk experts use NetRisk to facilitate risk workshops with project stakeholders to develop initial risk registers. They quantify each risk and identify any impact on cost or schedule. As part of the overall reporting process, they update the registers monthly to reflect the addition or avoidance of risks. These are then rolled up across all projects to determine the top ten risks.
Delay Analysis & Dispute Resolution
Our professionals can help you use NetPoint to employ groundbreaking forensic scheduling techniques that produce understandable schedules to support your claims analysis needs. The results consistently prove invaluable when communicating expert testimony in the appropriate forum (i.e., trial, deposition, arbitration, mediation, dispute review boards, negotiations, etc.).
In 2010, Dr. Gui Ponce de Leon, in collaboration with other senior PMA leaders, published the Guide to the Forensic Scheduling Body of Knowledge—Part 1, which extends AACE International issued Recommended Practice No. 29 Forensic Schedule Analysis (RP 29) and other standards.