We are all familiar with the old-fashioned but convenient way of presenting our activities in Primavera P6: Gantt charts. Options for shapes of bars, lines and milestones are limited. That is why eventually you can easily run out of options while presenting your activities. It even started to engrave its own visualising norms: bars are blue on left side of the data date and green on right side of the data date. It is time to add some richness to our Gantt chart elements.Read more
Oracle has just released Oracle Prime Professional, a desktop application that is designed for scheduling and that connects to the Oracle Prime Projects database. Is this huge news!? Is this the tool that we will all be using to schedule our projects in 2025? It is a bit early to tell, but at least it might be! This possibility alone is reason enough for a first review.Read more
In this blog post, we’re going to dig deeper into a question you will face when preparing or reviewing a schedule update. How do you address “out-of-sequence” progress in Primavera P6?
The user has 3 interesting choices in the schedule options on how the software deals with progressed activities that are out of sequence, these choices are:
- Retained logic
- Progress override
- Actual dates
This blog post will address these 3 options, which will help you better represent reality in your progress updates.Read more
As a follow-up to my last post about the difference between a time buffer and total float; here is a new post in the same series – seemingly easy concepts that seem to confuse many. This one might be an open door for financial or general management profiles, but it is not for most project controls engineers.Read more
Calendars can have an impact on the total float activities, and thus on the critical path. This might seem somewhat confusing when first encountered, but once you understand how Primavera deals with this, it makes more sense.
An important consequence of this is the potential difference between the critical path and the longest path Primavera P6 can calculate. Standard settings in Primavera P6 will show all activities with zero total float as critical, but the longest path can consist out of activities with different amounts of total float. Find out how calendars are related to this and continue reading.Read more
When I started working with Primavera P6, I had a colleague who showed me how you can use ‘global change’ to make sure that your baseline bars are showing the right information. It was fairly simple: you just amended the planned dates to the dates you want in the baseline, and it’s done. Hu? Primavera is not capable of managing baselines? Of course, something else is going on. Like so often, Primavera turns out to be so powerful and versatile that one really needs to understand what’s under the hood to properly operate the system.Read more
Primavera is a wonderful tool but sometimes it’s calculations give weird results. For instance when filling in durations of an activity, you might’ve encountered a problem similar to the ones below:
- Your activity duration is showing as 5 days but it starts on the 1st and already ends the 4th
- Your units/time is showing 8h/d but Primavera is actually calculating with 12h/d
What is going on? Well it’s probably something to do with your hours per Time period settings.Read more
There is more to showing THE Critical Path in Primavera than your project manager can imagine. Primavera allows you to change certain settings to define the criticality of activities: you can define a threshold value for total float, or choose for the longest path instead of a total float-based critical path.
It is likely that you are interested in all activities that drive a certain milestone. And it makes much more sense to monitor the longest path towards this milestone instead of the critical path defined by total float. This very useful option is however a little bit hidden in Primavera P6 and I desperately want to share it with you! It is a method I use on EVERY SINGLE PROJECT.Read more
Primavera P6 is designed as an Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) tool. Even though often used as a standalone tool, Primavera P6 is a database initially designed for the enterprise’s needs where data can be shared between projects. In order to achieve this Primavera P6 uses the concept of “Global” data objects and “Project” (or embedded) data objects.
In this blog I will show you why using a project calendar over a global calendar for your project activities schedule is beneficial to maintain control over your project(s).Read more
Primavera P6 has established itself as the leading software for project scheduling & control and especially for complex projects in engineering & construction. However, not every P6 implementation is the same. Four different implementation types can be distinguished with differences in architecture and functionality. In this blog post we will focus on the advantages of the most recent one, P6 EPPM Cloud Services.Read more