Project Management with Primavera P6 – Estimating or Planning for Control Sydney

primavare_P6 V82_training manualEstimating or Planning for Control Using Primavera P6 in Sydney

There are two modes that the software may use at Level 3:

  • Estimating – In this mode, the objective is to create a schedule with costs that are used only as an estimate. The schedule will never be updated. Activities may have many resources assigned to them to develop an accurate cost estimate and include many items that would never be updated in the process of updating a schedule.
  • Planning for Control – In this mode, the intention is to assign actual units (hours) and costs to resources, then calculate units and costs to completion, and possibly conduct an Earned Value analysis. In this situation, it is important to ensure that the minimum number of resources are assigned to activities, and preferably only one resource assigned to each activity. The process of updating a schedule in Sydney becomes extremely difficult and time consuming when a schedule has many resources per activity. The scheduler is then under threat of becoming a timekeeper and may lose sight of other important functions, such as calculating the forecast to complete and the project finish date.

The Balance Between the Number of Activities and Resources

When Planning for Control on large or complex schedules in Sydney, it is important to maintain a balance between the number of activities and the number of resources that are planned and tracked. As a rule, the more activities a schedule has, the fewer resources should be created and assigned to activities.

When a schedule contains a large number of activities and a large number of resources assigned to each activity, the result may be that no members of the project team are able to understand the schedule and the scheduler is unable to maintain it.

Instead of assigning individual resources, such as people by name, consider using “Skills” or “Trades,” and on very large projects use “Crews” or “Teams.”

This technique is not so important when you use a schedule for estimating the direct cost of a project (by assigning costs to the resources) or if you are not using the schedule to track a project’s progress (such as a schedule that is used to support written proposals).

Therefore, it is more important to minimize the number of resources in large schedules that will be updated regularly, because updating every resource assigned to each activity at each schedule update is very time consuming.

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Project Planning & Control Using Primavera® P6TM For all industries including Versions 4 to 7

SHORT DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT MATTER A user guide and training manual written for Project Management Professionals who wish to learn how to set up a database and plan and control projects using Primavera P6 with or without Resources and Roles.
READERSHIP The book is aimed at:

– Project management companies who wish to run their own software training courses or provide their employees with an alternative text to the vendor supplied user manual. This book may be customized to meet your requirements, please contact the author for details. This book is a PMI Approved course. REPs may apply to have this course licensed to them.

– Training organizations requiring a training manual to run their own training courses.

– People who wish learn the software but are unable to attend a training course but find the software reference manual hard going.

SHORT DESCRIPTION ON FRONT COVER This book is an update of the authors Primavera Version 6.2 book and contains more chapters including Global Change, Multiple Project Scheduling, Managing the Enterprise Environment, Resource Optimization and Leveling. It has been written using the Construction and Engineering version but may be used by any industry and covers Versions 4 to 7. The book is packed with screen shots, constructive tips and contains workshops with solutions at the end of each chapter for the reader to practice the skills taught.
BACKGROUND ON BOOK Primavera Systems Inc. originally asked the author to write this book and this publication is ideal for people who would like to gain an understanding of how the software operates up to an intermediate level. It covers Primavera Versions from 3.5 to 7 and it explains some of the differences from SureTrak, P3, Microsoft Project and Asta Powerproject to assist people converting form other products.

The book is designed to teach planners and schedulers in any industry how to setup and use the software in a project environment. It explains in plain English and in a logical sequence, the steps required to create and maintain an unresourced and resourced schedule. It tackles some of the more complex aspects of the software that the user manual does not address. It highlights the sources of information and the methods that should be employed to produce a realistic and useful project schedule.

BACKGROUND ON BOOK Continued

The book provides advice on how on how the many software options may be applied to projects environments and it aims to teach readers how to plan and control projects created within the software package and stays focused on explaining how to use Primavera to schedule projects by:

– Concentrating on the core functions required to set up an enterprise environment and how to plan and control projects.

– Providing command lists at the start of each chapter as a quick reference.

– Providing a comprehensive table of contents and index of all topics.

The book is intended to be used:

– As a self teach book, or

– A user guide, or

– A training manual for a three day training course.

This book is written by an experienced scheduler, who has used the software at the sharp end of projects and is not a techo. It draws on the author’s practical experience in using the software in a wide variety of industries. It presents workable solutions to real day to day planning and scheduling problems and contains practical advice on how to set up the software and import data.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Paul Harris holds an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering obtained in the UK and is a Certified Cost Engineer through AACEI International, a PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner, an Approved PRINCE2 Trainer and a “Managing Successful Programmes” Registered Practitioner. He has worked in the project controls industry for a number of years and has assisted many companies in a range of industries to set up and run project controls systems. His Melbourne, Australia based company, Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd, offers project controls consulting and training services world wide with a strong focus on Microsoft Project and Primavera software.
AUTHOR’S COMMENT As a project controls consultant I have used a number of planning and scheduling software packages for the management of a range of project types and sizes. The first books I published were user guides/training manuals for Primavera SureTrak®, P3 and® Microsoft Project users.

These were well received by professional project managers and schedulers, so I decided to turn my attention to developing books that demonstrated how the software is used with project management methodologies such as PRINCE2 and the PMBOK® Guide. This book follows the same layout as my other books and I trust this book will assist you in understanding how to use Primavera P6 to plan and control your projects.

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Project Planning & Control Using Primavera® P6™

Project Planning & Control Using Primavera® P6™

SHORT DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT MATTER A user guide and training manual written for Project Management Professionals who wish to learn how to set up a database and plan and control projects using Primavera P6 with or without Resources and Roles.
READERSHIP
The book is aimed at:
  • Project management companies who wish to run their own software training courses or provide their employees with an alternative text to the vendor supplied user manual. (This book may be customized to meet your requirements, please contact the author for details. This book is a PMI Approved course. REPs may apply to have this course licensed to them.)
  • Training organizations requiring a training manual to run their own training courses.
  • People who wish learn the software but are unable to attend a training course but find the software reference manual hard going.
SHORT DESCRIPTION ON FRONT COVER This book is an update of the authors Primavera Version 6.2 book and contains more chapters including Global Change, Multiple Project Scheduling, Managing the Enterprise Environment, Resource Optimization and Leveling. It has been written using the Construction and Engineering version but may be used by any industry and covers Versions 4 to 7.

The Primavera P6 training book is packed with screen shots, constructive tips and contains workshops with solutions at the end of each chapter for the reader to practice the skills taught.

BACKGROUND ON BOOK Primavera Systems Inc. originally asked the author to write this book and this publication is ideal for people who would like to gain an understanding of how the software operates up to an intermediate level. It covers Primavera Versions from 3.5 to 7 and it explains some of the differences from SureTrak, P3, Microsoft Project and Asta Powerproject to assist people converting form other products.

The book is designed to teach planners and schedulers in any industry how to setup and use the software in a project environment. It explains in plain English and in a logical sequence, the steps required to create and maintain an unresourced and resourced schedule. It tackles some of the more complex aspects of the software that the user manual does not address. It highlights the sources of information and the methods that should be employed to produce a realistic and useful project schedule.

BACKGROUND ON BOOK Continued

The book provides advice on how on how the many software options may be applied to projects environments and it aims to teach readers how to plan and control projects created within the software package and stays focused on explaining how to use Primavera to schedule projects by:

  • Concentrating on the core functions required to set up an enterprise environment and how to plan and control projects.
  • Providing command lists at the start of each chapter as a quick reference.
  • Providing a comprehensive table of contents and index of all topics.
The book is intended to be used:
  • As a self teach book, or
  • A user guide, or
  • A training manual for a three day training course.

This book is written by an experienced scheduler, who has used the software at the sharp end of projects and is not a techo. It draws on the author’s practical experience in using the software in a wide variety of industries. It presents workable solutions to real day to day planning and scheduling problems and contains practical advice on how to set up the software and import data.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Paul Harris holds an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering obtained in the UK and is a Certified Cost Engineer through AACEI International, a PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner, an Approved PRINCE2 Trainer and a “Managing Successful Programmes” Registered Practitioner. He has worked in the project controls industry for a number of years and has assisted many companies in a range of industries to set up and run project controls systems. His Melbourne, Australia based company, Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd, offers project controls consulting and training services world wide with a strong focus on Microsoft Project and Primavera software.
AUTHOR’S COMMENT “As a project controls consultant I have used a number of planning and scheduling software packages for the management of a range of project types and sizes. The first books I published were user guides/training manuals for Primavera SureTrak®, P3 and® Microsoft Project users. These were well received by professional project managers and schedulers, so I decided to turn my attention to developing books that demonstrated how the software is used with project management methodologies such as PRINCE2 and the PMBOK® Guide. This book follows the same layout as my other books and I trust this book will assist you in understanding how to use Primavera P6 to plan and control your projects.”

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