Friday, 19 August 2016

5 Things You Might Not Have Been Told

Today I would not be sharing a tip on how to use a Planning software but instead I am going to make 5 suggestions that I think people starting out in Project Planning might find relevant. These are my personal thoughts and are non-prescriptive principles that have guided me thus far in my Project Planning career.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Quick Tip: Sorting by Start Dates in P6

Sorting by start dates in Primavera P6 is quite easy but there are times when two activities with same start dates but different finish dates are not sorted in the desired order. This quick tip looks at the problem and how to resolve it.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

My Settings #05: Schedule Roll-up in Microsoft Excel

In more than a decade of working as a Project Planner, I have come to the realisation that Project Managers rarely read any report that exceeds 2 pages and this includes project schedules, unless they are looking for a specific information in the report. This post is about an easy and cost effective way to prepare a simple but very effective one-paged summary schedule that will always grab a manager's attention as it can fit into a presentation slide.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

My Settings #04: Schedule Roll-up in Microsoft Project & P6

My preferred tool for producing summary (i.e. high-level or Level 1) schedules is Microsoft Excel but there are people who would rather have their summary schedules produced using the same tool as the detailed (usually Level 3) schedules. This post is about how I set-up my Microsoft Project 2010 and Primavera P6 v16.1 so that my summary schedules present more meaningful information.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

My Settings #03: P6 Layouts & Filters

Primavera P6 Layouts and Filters are two of the most commonly used functionalities in P6 as they are both very powerfully and help set P6 aside from other Planning tools. Today, I'll explain why I like saving my Layouts as Project Layouts and Filters as Layout Filters.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

My Settings #02: P6 Duration Unit & Date Format

Apologies for not posting in weeks, I have been very busy at work where our 2016 offshore campaign is in full swing but I promise henceforth to come up with a post at least once every fortnight. Today's post is a continuation of my P6 settings where I explain why I develop & update schedules with duration in hours and date format with time displayed.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

My Settings #01: P6 Relationships Tab

This is the first of the series where I will post my preferred settings in Primavera P6 and Microsoft Project. In all my P6 layouts, I always enable the Details form on the bottom layout and this post is about the Relationships tab of the Details form.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Quick Tip: Highlight Multiple Calendars in a P6 Schedule

It is hard to know the working calendar of an activity in a pdf file format of a schedule. One way of solving this problem is to display a Calendar column in the printout but this is not part of the standard columns non-planners or non-schedulers expect to see in schedule. Luckily, a Primavera P6 Gantt chart bars settings provide us with a facility to visually highlight the calendar in use.

Friday, 15 April 2016

P6 Beginners: Quickly Add Columns to a Layout

When adding new fields (columns) to a Primavera P6 Gantt Chart layout, are you usually fed up of scrolling through available fields to select the one you are after? Then this tip is for you.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Quick Tip: Excel Formula Filldown Shortcut

The extensive range of formula functions available in Microsoft Excel, makes it a popular choice for data analysis and reporting among Planners & Schedulers. But when working with large amount of data in Excel, you might find it irritating that you have to drag or copy/paste formulas across hundreds or thousands of rows, so here is a shortcut.