Book Review Cont’d – “Project Planning & Control Using Primavera® P6 TM”
Harris is thorough in that he covers the basics of Primavera P6 software and its advanced functions such as User and Administration Preferences and Advanced Scheduling Options, the 3 types of calendars (unlike P3’s 2 types), Roles and Resources and multiple ways of organizing the project (WBS, OBS, Contract, Phase, etc.).
Harris also does a particularly good job in explaining the differences between 3 ways of stating percent complete: Physical Percent Complete, Duration Percent Complete, and Units Percent Complete and the 4 Activity Types.
He has also introduces some new topics not covered in his previous Version 7.0 book , including “Resource Optimization” which includes “Resource Leveling”, “Multiple Project Scheduling”, “User Definable Fields”, “Global Change” and more information on “Managing the Enterprise Environment”.
Since scheduling requirements vary from project to project and company to company, Harris explains how to build and maintain project schedules both with and without resources (manpower, equipment, money, materials).
If you are embarking on migrating to Primavera P6’s complex and IT intensive scheduling system, I urge you to consider using Paul Harris treatise on “Project Planning & Control Using Primavera® P6 TM” Paul Harris knows P6 and knows how to explain how to use it effectively and efficiently.
A. Larry Aaron CCE
President, T&M Concepts