Tuesday, 3 January 2017

My Settings #06: P6 Schedule Review

This post has long been overdue as I promised a follower of this blog in October 2016 that I would pen a post about steps I follow to review a Primavera P6 schedule. As always, these steps are non-prescriptive and have served me well when reviewing P6 schedules from contractors, subcontractors, colleagues and even my own P6 schedules.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! 2016 was an exciting but challenging year and I'm glad we all made it to 2017. Wishing you all the best  this year and may 2017 be a fulfilling and rewarding year. One of the good things about 2016 for me was this blog, though I started it in the last days of 2015, it really gained grounds in 2016. All your messages have really met a lot and I can confidently say I have made some good friends from this blog.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Quick Tip: Assign Same Resources to Multiple Activities in P6

Earlier this week someone asked me if they could perform a Fill Down with resources in P6 and when I said no, the next question was is there a way to quickly assign same resources to multiple activities? This quick tip outlines steps that answer this question.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Quick Tip: Project 2010 Activity Statistics Summary Schedule

Last week, I showed how to prepare an Activity Statistics Summary Schedule in Primavera P6 and today I present the Microsoft Project version of the quick tip. Unlike P6, Microsoft Project does not have inbuilt Number of Activities fields, so this tip shows a workaround.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Quick Tip: P6 Activity Statistics Summary Schedule

This quick tip shows how you can set-up a schedule layout in Primavera P6 to display different number of activity statistics for each WBS element and invariably for the whole project.

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.