Primavera P6 - Real World Scheduling
P6 Real World Scheduling is called "real world" because the author wrote it drawing upon his 35+ years of experience consulting with contractors to help them meet their construction scheduling software needs. He knows how contractors use scheduling software, what's important to them - and what is not!
This manual has been tested and retested in both the classroom and the company training room. It will guide you through some of the quirks of P6 as well as teach you how to use the software the way contractors use it. Other software manuals are often hundreds of pages long filled with dense text that wastes your time trying to cover every corner and nuance of the software - ultimately leaving readers more confused than before they started.
P6 Real World Scheduling is written for Oracle’s Primavera P6 Professional software using the default PMDB (Project Management Database) database. It was written using version 15.1, but can be applied to previous and post versions of P6 with very little concern. Rest assured that it will help the reader clearly grasp the many, sometimes puzzling nuances of this “enterprise” based software, such as the use of the OBS (Organizational Breakdown Structure), the EPS (Enterprise Project Structure), the lack of traditional “save” features, user security profiles, and its uncommon import / export components.
P6 Real World Scheduling assumes that the reader has no previous exposure to the software and takes the reader through the process of creating a schedule covering the same features that a contractor would include on their typical schedule. This includes creating and saving the schedule, covering numerous formatting options to customize the look of the schedule, working with calendars including 50% and 100% weather calendars, then activity coding the schedule to organize the activities into various Work Breakdown Structures. Different views of the schedule are explored and from there the schedule is resource loaded and cost loaded, including a real world analysis of an over-allocation of resources. The schedule is then Baselined and updated covering all possible update scenarios that may actually occur.
With this manual and a few hours of your time, you will be ready to effectively use Oracle’s Primavera’s P6 Professional on a real project.