A Global Change in Primavera P6 Professional can be a very powerful and handy tool, as we've discussed before. It's not uncommon to use a Global Change to copy an existing P6 field to a custom UDF (User Defined Field). It is usually a straightforward enough affair. However, if you are trying to copy Original Duration to a UDF using a Global Change, things can go awry. In fact, you might not get
A standard project schedule based on the CPM method (critical path method) is considered a static network of logically linked tasks that create a timeline estimate of when a project will be complete. As with any type of estimate, the ability of the team to accurately estimate both the sequence of planned activities and the time required for each tasks contains numerous uncertainties similar to
Critical paths and critical activities are amongst the hottest topic in the scheduling world. Defining critical and near critical activities and monitoring them will result in keeping the schedule on track. In this article, we'll look at critical and near critical activities from P6 standpoint and leave technical discussions about what activity should be considered critical and be monitored
Pivot tables allow us to manipulate and display complex data sets into user friendly formats. This can be extraordinarily helpful when trying to extract data from massive database extracts or when reformatting internal data for distribution to other users. However this is the greatest use I have found for pivot tables when trying to align various complex systems. For the purpose of this exercise,
In my previous tutorial, “5 benefits to performing a quantitative schedule risk analysis,” I talked about how a quantitative schedule risk analysis can add value to all aspects of your project schedule. In this tutorial I would like to further expand on the benefits of using Pertmaster (or Primavera risk) to develop the model and run a basic schedule risk analysis. There is other software out on
A picture says a thousand words. And a good color-coding system can do the same on the Primavera P6 Gantt Chart. Did you know you don't need to stick with Primavera P6's default Gantt Chart color scheme? The options are many and in this video tutorial, you'll learn how to color-code bars based on criteria YOU set. You'll learn about 2 ways to set the criteria: using Activity Codes or by User
This is the final tutorial in our Master Class on Primavera P6 Activity Layouts. Our goal was to help learners become proficient with Primavera Layouts in order to convey the Project Plan to your team. In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to adjust and customize your page setup window. This functionally is important to highlight key project data which may include data date, layout title,
In this tutorial we are going to go over how to adjust the Activity Table columns & customize the Gantt Chart Bars in a Primavera P6 Activity Layout. This functionally is important to display relevant project information to all vested stakeholders. Activity Columns: The activity columns are shown in the “Activity Table” view (for more details about the activity table see Part 3 of this
In Parts 1 & 2 of this Master Class, we went over creating a new Primavera P6 Activity Layouts, assigning filters, grouping, sorting and adjusting the layout timescale. In this tutorial, we will go over the different user interface windows that are available to the user. The Top section allows users to view: Activity Table Gantt Chart Activity Usage Spreadsheet Activity
In Part I of this tutorial we walked through how to create a new Activity Layout and write filters to get your desired data set. Part II focuses on arranging the data set within the Gantt chart. We will also explore grouping, sorting and adjusting the timescale and the views available to the user. Grouping To open the Group & Sort dialog box click the ‘Group & Sort’ button in the
Primavera layouts can be tailored to any number different views, ranges or color combinations to help the user present to the project team. The goal of a good layout is to convey the project plan to the key stakeholders giving them all the pertinent information. When creating a schedule layout it is important to identify who your target customer will be. If the layout will be issued to a
If you have had a chance to use Primavera P6 v8 or later you may have noticed a “progress line” tool. I was recently asked by a colleague if I had used the the tool and at the time I was unaware the tool even existed. After a bit of reading and trial and error I am really happy with the functionality and the visual representation of progress against the baseline line. The purpose of this
In this video tutorial, we'll take you through the basics of various resource histograms in Primavera P6 including budgeted units histograms and stacked histograms. Enjoy!
In an ideal project monitoring setup, your project would record the planned progress and the actual progress in every control period. Planned progress is presented by the Schedule % Complete field. Actual progress is presented by Performance % Complete, which is the subject of this article. Performance % Complete is depended on many settings and intermediate values, including Activity %
The purpose of this article is not to explain the whole technique of Earned Value Analysis and the whole system of Earned Value Management; rather we will only discuss the minimums you need to know, in order to fully understand the calculations involved in the Performance % Complete field of Primavera P6.
What is Dynamic Scheduling? Building good schedules is not an easy task to undertake. Nowadays, projects are big and complex, which leads to even bigger and more complex project plans and schedules. There’s an inherent need to capture EVERY work detail in a project schedule and then to use it to manage not only dates and deadlines, but work productivity, resource optimization, subcontractor