primavera_P6_V8.2 training using metricsProject Planning Metrics Using Primavera P6

The components that are normally measured and controlled using planning and scheduling software:

  • Scope
  • Time
  • Resource Effort/Work (these are called Units in Primavera P6)
  • Cost

A change in any one of these components normally results in a change in one or more of the others.

Other project management functions that are not traditionally managed with planning and scheduling software but may have components reflected in the schedule include:

  • Document Management and Control,
  • Quality Management,
  • Contract Management,
  • Issue Management,
  • Risk Management,
  • Industrial Relations, and
  • Accounting.

The development of Enterprise Project Management systems has resulted in the inclusion of many of these functions in project planning and scheduling software.

Primavera P6 software includes modules for:

  • Issue Management,
  • Risk Management, and
  • Document Management.

Planning Cycle

The planning cycle is an integral part of managing a project. A software package such as Primavera makes this activity much easier.

When the original plan is agreed to, the Baseline or Target is set. The Baseline is a copy of the original plan and is used to compare progress of an updated schedule. Earlier versions were limited 50 baselines but this restriction has been removed in later versions.

After project planning has ended and project execution has begun, the actual progress is monitored, recorded and compared to the Baseline dates.

The progress is then reported and evaluated against the Baseline.

The plan may be changed by adding or deleting activities and adjusting Remaining Durations, Logic or Resources. A revised plan is then published as progress continues. A revised Baseline may be set if the original Baseline becomes irrelevant due to the impact of project scope changes, a change in methodology or excessive delays.

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