After completing a schedule, the P6 Activity IDs are usually not in order from top to bottom. To make it simpler to find activities when checking the relationships it is useful to renumber the task from top to bottom. Unfortunately, the P6 Renumbering function will not renumber all project activities in the order on the screen and one method of renumbering activities from top to bottom is to export the schedule to Excel renumber and import the new Activity IDs.
If you wish to learn how to renumber a P6 schedule from top to bottom in Excel then please read this article I have written by clicking on this link>>>.
User Defined Fields has an Indicator option that allows four indicators to be displayed. These may be used in conjunction with a Global Change to indicate the status of an activity in respect to a Baseline.
If you wish to learn how to create a P6 Indicator column and set with a Global Chane then please read this article I have written by clicking on this link>>>.
Ladder scheduling is where series of tasks may take place in parallel with a short delay their start dates. This situation occurs in linear operations such as pipelaying, tunnel and railway construction.
Ladder scheduling is normally achieved in products like P6 and Powerproject by linking two tasks with both a Start-to-Start plus a Lag and a Finish-to-Finish plus a Lag relationship.
Microsoft Project only allows one relationship between two tasks making Ladder Scheduling difficult, but there is a technique that allows Ladder Scheduling with Microsoft Project. This article is an extract from the book Planning and Control Using Microsoft Project 2013, 2016 & 2019 by Paul E Harris and explains how Ladder Scheduling may be achieved with Microsoft Project, click here>>>> to read the article.
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It is natural to create a new project with Microsoft Project using the File, New, Blank Project command which will create a project with the Global.mpt file, but this template has a lot of short comings.
It is far better to use a Personal Microsoft Project Template with these issues resolved such as the Eastwood Harris template that may be downloaded from the Eastwood Harris website.
Click here>>> to download an article which is an extract from the authors book 99 Tricks and Traps for Microsoft Project 201,2016 & 2019 that explains how to use Microsoft Project Personal Templates to produce better schedules.
ISSUES WHEN P6 TASKS HAVE MIXED CALENDARS
There are a number of issues when there are mixed calendars in a schedule, such as when some tasks have an 8 hour per day calendar and some with a 12 hour per day calendar. To read a short article which is an extract from this book on the issues and solutions to this issue, please click on this link>>>.
UNDERSTANDING PRIMAVERA P6 DATE FIELDS
Primavera P6 has many more date fields than any competitor and the descriptions of these fields are sometimes misleading. If you wish to understand how the current schedule dates calculate then down load an extract of my 99 Tricks and Traps book by clicking on this link>>>.