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 Management Training – Planning and Scheduling Software

isbn#9781921059575 _Oracle Primavera P6 Training manual_V8-1Understanding Planning and Scheduling Software

Project Planning and scheduling software enables the user to:

  • Enter the breakdown structure of the project deliverables or products into the software. This is often called a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) or Product Breakdown Structure (PBS),
  • Break a project down into the work required to create the deliverables and enter these into the software as Activities under the appropriate WBS,
  • Assign durations, constraints, predecessors and successors of the activities and then calculate the start and finish date of all the activities,
  • Assign resources and/or costs, which represent people, equipment or materials, to the activities and calculate the project resource requirements and/or cash flow,
  • Optimise the project plan,
  • Set Baseline Dates and Budgets to compare progress against,
  • Use the plan to approve the commencement of work,
  • Record the actual progress of activities and compare the progress against the Baseline and amend the plan when required, allowing for scope changes, etc.,
  • Record the consumption of resources and/or costs and re-estimate the resources and/or costs required to finish the project, and
  • Produce management reports.

There are four modes or levels in which project management planning and scheduling software may be used:

Planning

Tracking

Without Resources LEVEL 1

Planning without Resources

LEVEL 2

Tracking progress without Resources

With

Resources

LEVEL 3

Planning with Resources

LEVEL 4

Tracking progress with Resources

As the level increases, the amount of information required to maintain the schedule will increase and, more importantly, your skill and knowledge in using the software will increase.

Enterprise Project Management

Primavera is an Enterprise Project Management software package that enables many projects to be managed in one database.

These projects may be summarized under a hierarchical structure titled the Enterprise Project Structure (EPS). This function is similar to summarizing activities of a project under a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).

An EPS is used for the following purposes:

  • To manage user access to projects within the database.
  • To manage activities over multiple projects that have a common interest, such as a critical resource.
  • Top-down budgeting of projects and resources that may later be compared to the bottom-up or detailed project estimates.
  • To allow standardized reporting of all projects in the database.

Primavera has a function titled Portfolios that enables a limited number of projects to be viewed at a time. For example, Portfolio would enable you to view projects in a physical area, or of a specific type or client.

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Project Planning & Control Using Oracle® Primavera® P6 Version 8.1 – Professional Client and Optional Client

SHORT DESCRIPTION ON FRONT COVER A user guide and training manual written for Project Management Professionals who wish to learn how to plan and control projects in an established Primavera Enterprise environment with or without Resources and Roles.

This book is an update of the author’s Primavera P6 Version 7 book and contains updated workshops, new content and an Earned Value chapter. It has been written so it may be used with any software industry version.

SHORT DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT MATTER 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. It has been written so it may be used with either the Professional Project Management Client version or the Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Optional Client.
READERSHIP The book is aimed at:

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

Ø  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.

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

This book is a PMI Approved course and instructors PowerPoint slide shows are available to training organizations. PMI REPs may apply to have this course licensed to them and award 21 PDUs to each attendee.

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 only Primavera Versions 8.1 Professional Client and Optional Client Due to the new menus and toolbars release in Version 8. 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:

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

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

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

The book is intended to be used:

Ø  As a self teach book, or

Ø  A user guide, or

Ø  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.

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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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Planning and Control Using Microsoft® Project 2010 and PMBOK® Guide Fourth Edition

SHORT DESCRIPTION ON FRONT COVER This book is principally a Microsoft® Project book aimed at Project Management Professionals who understand the PMBOK® Guide Fourth Edition processes and wish to learn how to use Microsoft® Project 2010 to plan and control their projects in a PMBOK® Guide environment, and discover how to gain the most from the software.

The book is designed for users of earlier versions to upgrade their skills and for new planners to learn the software. It starts with the basics required to create a schedule, through resource planning and on to the more advanced features. A chapter is dedicated to the new functions and it outlines the differences from the earlier versions throughout the book.

SHORT DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT MATTER A Microsoft® Project user guide and training manual written for Project Management Professionals following the PMBOK® Guide Fourth Edition who wish to learn how to schedule projects in a single project environment with or without Resources with Microsoft Project. The book is packed with screen shots, constructive tips and is suitable as a training course handout, for learning the software or as a reference book. The book contains workshops with solutions at the end of each chapter for the reader to practice the skills taught in the chapter.
BACKGROUND ON BOOK Microsoft® Project 2010 is an extensive software update with many new functions and as a result this is a complete rewrite of the author’s previous book.

It is primarily a Microsoft Project book and has been written for people learning to use Microsoft Project in a project environment applying the PMBOK® Guide Fourth Edition processes.  It aims to teach readers how to plan and control projects created within the software package and stays focused on explaining how to use Microsoft Project to schedule projects by:

Ø Explaining which PMBOK® Guide processes the software will support and which it will not support.

– Concentrating on the core functions required to plan a project.

– Presents workable solutions to real day to day planning and scheduling problems and contains practical advice on how to set up the software.

– Explains some of the important difference between Microsoft Project and other scheduling software.

– Explains some of the more difficult calculations often omitted in other books.

– Includes exercises to reinforce the learning outcomes, a large number of screen dumps, numerous tips, a detailed index and command list at the start of each chapter as a quick reference.

– It has a chapter dedicated to the new functions available in Microsoft Project 2010.

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.

CUSTOMIZATION FOR TRAINING COURSES Training organizations or companies who wish to conduct their own training may have the book tailored to suit their requirements. This may be achieved by removing, reordering or adding content to the book, ordering the book as a spiral bound book and by writing their own exercises. Please contact the author to discuss this service.
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 earlier books. I trust this book will assist you in understanding how to use Microsoft Project on your projects that are following the PMBOK® Guide processes.

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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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