In the summer of 2008, I took a job as a project controls manager for a mega project in the Arabian/Persian Gulf. When looking at the CPM (Critical Path Method) schedule for the project, I saw huge excavation activities scheduled during that summer. Immediately, I thought of productivities under burning heat with temperature reaching and exceeding 50? Celsius (122 Fahrenheit). My first reaction
Best Practices in Primavera P6: Articles
Articles and Tutorials outlining Primavera P6 best practices in planning, scheduling and use of P6 Project Management.
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The meeting had gone well. I was going to win some business and they were going to get complete Primavera P6 training for 10 schedulers. The day was looking up, until he asked me, as I was just about to head out the door, "Would you mind looking a schedule over for me? It should only take you a few minutes. We just hired a new scheduler and he put it together. I'd like your opinion on it."
In 2005, US Defense Contract Management Agency implemented a 14-point schedule assessment to help the Department of Defense evaluate the enormous volume of contracts and schedules they were tasked with managing.Years later, the DCMA's 14-point Schedule Assessment has become a guideline that is widely used and has been incorporated into many software tools such as Acumen Fuse and Primavera P6
A “Level of Effort” Activity in Primavera P6 is a special activity type with unique qualities for duration. Primavera P6 will calculate the duration of a Level of Effort Activity based on dates from its predecessor(s) and successor(s).Let’s dive into some specifics about Level of Effort activities in general because they are not specific to Oracle Primavera P6 but are common tasks in project
Milestone Activities in any schedule usually represent the most important deadlines, deliveries, start ups or drop-dead dates for a project. These are undeniably dates that you’ll want to stay on top of and keep close at hand in case you’re asked for a report or to check on the health of the project. But it can be difficult to search for milestones in a large schedule, and at the least it may take
Every planner knows that WBS and Code Structure are essential elements needed to successfully maintain a Primavera P6 schedule network. But what about your Primavera P6 Activity Names? A sometimes overlooked schedule quality issue is the use of well articulated activity descriptions. Planners who began their career in P3 or earlier versions were limited to 48 characters in the activity
What is Out of Sequence Progress in Primavera P6? Out of Sequence Progress occurs from a deviation in the original planned logic that was set up in the baseline schedule. It can occur when work is executed in the field in a different order than was planned in the schedule. The result can affect your project's logic, which dictates the order of execution of activities. Checking for Out of
It's not easy to find Relationship Lag in Primavera P6 project schedules. There aren't really any features to highlight lag. But understanding how leads or lags are used on your project is an important part of really knowing your schedule. We need a process to root out any relationship lags in P6. What's wrong with using Relationship Lag in my schedule? The use of Relationship lag is widely
Do you always document your scheduling methodology BEFORE building a project schedule? Is your schedule littered with relationship lag? Do all of your Activities have a verb in their name? Are you cautious when using Level of Effort activities? Do you know what a "dangling" activity is? Does your project plan have any "danglers"?Don't worry, it's not too late! Nader Khorrami Rad, PMP,
WRENCH-TIME [average hours/shift that a craftsperson spends directly working to execute construction, maintenance or shutdown activities].It’s estimated that a worker spends on average only 3.5 hours actually working during a ten-hour shift; this is a startling figure. With industry already lacking in skilled labor, wouldn’t it make sense to try and increase worker performance? The savings of