Time forecasting techniques with Earned Schedule

You are halfway through your project and you want to know if you are still going to achieve your project objectives. By using an Earned Value Management System, you know how to estimate your total expected costs (Estimate at Completion), but what about your deadline? Based on your current information, can you say something about the expected finish date of your project? This blog gives you an overview of how to use Earned Schedule to predict your project finish date.

Niels Ligtvoetby Niels Ligtvoet

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What is Takt time?

Are you interested in reducing waste as a result of better planning? How about creating a continuous work flow which helps you meet your project’s deadline and reduces your waste? It is neither rocket science nor magic, achieving these goals is simpler than you think. In fact, whenever I explain to managers about takt time planning, I always feel their confusion, as if they are still waiting to hear something new that ‘’they do not know’’. Hence, the concept is really familiar to us, however many lack a systematic approach to implement it.

Abdallah Baydounby Abdallah Baydoun

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Correctly interpreting Activity Duration in Primavera P6

Duration and Calendar Duration, Time and Units/Time explained, P6 basic.

Time is of the essence. Both in project control and in our personal lives. As we’ve been dealing with time since childhood, you would assume we have learned to communicate on it effectively and unambiguously. But when someone says: “this activity is going to take 48 hours” you might take that as 2 days while he might’ve meant it will take two persons 3 8-hour-working days to complete.

Matthias van Campenby Matthias van Campen

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How good is scheduling in Oracle Prime Projects?

The Primaned team has written quite some blog posts about Oracle Prime Projects over the last couple of months. We did not hide that we thought it might very well be the PM tool of the future. Our enthusiasm is based on the comprehensiveness of the tool and its alignment with our vision on integrated project controls. It is so much more than a scheduling engine. When introducing the tool to clients and prospects, the reception is very good and our enthusiasm seems to be shared. However, mainly because of the nature of our client base, there is one thing they all want to know and ask us time and again.

How good is its scheduling compared to my good old Primavera P6?

Stijn Van de Vonderby Stijn Van de Vonder

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Earned Schedule – The appropriate upgrade of your EVMS

Now we’ve learned the basics of Earned Value Management calculations (see this blog), it’s time to introduce a new metric to define our project’s health. As you’ve noticed all previous metrics and parameters were either percental (CPI, SPI, TCPI) or monetary/unitary (CV, SV). But what does a schedule variance of € 10.000 tell us? First, a delay expressed in monetary units is somewhat strange. Second, we will show later in this blog post that this metric is subject to a major fallacy. It is to be replaced with a more comprehensive one. Time for a change.

Niels Ligtvoetby Niels Ligtvoet

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Oracle Primavera

Oracle Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management is the most powerful, robust and easy-touse solution for prioritizing, planning, managing and evaluating projects, programs and portfolios. Oracle Primavera P6 EPPM is a cloud based Software as a Service solution backed by a global network of Oracle Project Portfolio Management professionals and the assured security, scalability, performance and support from one of the world’s largest cloud vendors. It provides a 100% web-based, solution for managing projects of any size, adapts to varying levels of complexity across projects and intelligently scales to meet the needs of all roles, functions, or skill levels in your organization and on your project team.


• Complete cloud based solution backed by the power of Oracle Corporation • Unite project teams and stakeholders through collaboration and strong feedback methods • Reduce the risk of cost and schedule overruns • Optimize management of all resources for maximum ROI • Monitor and visualize project performance vs. plan • Confidently make and keep project commitment

Primavera Risk Analysis

Every project has risks. The organizations that succeed are the ones that plan for those risks— anticipating, mitigating, and providing response and contingency plans for negative events that may or may not occur. Oracle’s Primavera Risk Analysis software provides the tools for doing just this, enabling companies to model risks and analyze the cost and schedule impacts of mitigating them—and, in the process, taking much of the uncertainty out of project and portfolio management. By integrating directly with project schedules as well as cost estimates to model risks and uncertainty, Primavera Risk Analysis provides a full-lifecycle cost and schedule risk analytics solution for the Primavera project portfolio management applications and Microsoft Project. Providing quick and easy techniques for determining contingency and risk response plans as well as a comprehensive means of reporting project confidence levels, Primavera Risk Analysis risk-loads projects through risk registers and risk templates before using Monte Carlo simulation to analyze them. It then provides a variety of reports, such as risk histograms, tornados, and scatter plots, that enable users to easily identify risk drivers before (optionally) publishing the resulting risk-adjusted schedules back into the schedule.


• Integrate directly with project schedules and costs • Provide a comprehensive means of reporting project confidence levels • Produce risk analysis reports in a variety of formats • Provide techniques for determining contingency and risk response plans • Confidently make and keep project commitments

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The Profile of a Planning Engineer

At many companies involved in large-scale projects, I’ve noticed that project engineers could be engaged for any project and for many different roles. It seemed to me that little care was taken in how well the new role fitted with the talent, skills and personality of the project engineer. So it is fate that decides if one becomes a superintendent, calculator, budget estimator, QHSE engineer or… planning engineer! Just like you, I have witnessed quite some mismatches and this should not surprise you. Being engineer because you studied something along these lines, doesn’t erase your personality and predominant skills.

Gert Truyensby Gert Truyens

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