WBS: WORK BREAKDOWN STRUCTURE

WBS stands for Work Breakdown Structure. As the name suggests, WBS breaks down the broadly classified works packages into successively smaller ones. It is a hierarchical structure, with the level of detail increasing as you go down from broader work packages to their smaller constituents (incremental breakdown). Let us take an example of the construction of a…

LAG AND FLOAT – THE DIFFERENCE

Float is the amount of time a task can be delayed without delaying the next task (Free Float) or without delaying the Project Finish (Total Float). Float is mathematically calculated based on the logical sequence of works, including Lag, defined in the schedule, whereas Lag is included on purpose and forms part of work sequence. Float…

Sample Video 1: EPS

Sample Video 1: EPS What is EPS: The EPS is a logical, meaningful, hierarchical arrangement of all the projects in your organization. Think of it as a view of your company, showing your lines of business. Your projects are created within this hierarchical EPS. Once the EPS is defined, there is normally no need to…

PRINTING THE MANPOWER HISTOGRAM IN PRIMAVERA P6

After assigning labor resources to the activities, enable the Resource Usage Profile as follows: View > Show on Bottom > Resource Usage Profile Select the resource for which the histogram is needed and modify the time scale and other details as needed. Apart from individual resource histograms, a stacked histogram for all the resources can…

SCHEDULE LOGIC AND NEGATIVE LAGS (LEADS)

Plenty of differing opinions exist both in favor and against the use of Negative Lags, or Leads, are they also called. The most commonly cited one, not in favor of, is the DCMA 14 point check. Some in the middle eastern region also bank upon Aramco standards, QP standard practices, etc. Not that these referred…

CHANGING BASELINE IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ONGOING PROJECT

To revise BL in an ongoing project, take the current working copy (the latest updated schedule) and modify the future tasks. The not yet started works are no issue at all, however, you will have to deal with the in-progress activities as they will have a bearing on the Planned Value (PV) <> Earned Value…

BEST WAY TO CALCULATE PROJECT PERCENT COMPLETE

To answer this let us consider a small example: A machine room is being constructed where block works are to be done. The cost of doing block work for this room will be in some thousands (of any currency). Let us assume 50,000. Man hours involved (assuming 80 sqm quantity) will be ~ 80 man…

TRACK DAILY RESOURCE ALLOCATION – PLANNED V/S ACTUAL

How to track daily actual resource allocation (Labor, Non-Labor) and compare it against planned resource allocation:   If one wants to track and compare this information on a daily basis, one needs to display the time scale accordingly. This will produce data regarding planned numbers against the desired time period (daily in this case). Next…

WHAT IS DATA DATE IN PRIMAVERA P6?

Data Date is the date on which the schedule status is being determined. For initial schedules it is the project commencement date; For schedule updates it is the reporting period cut-off date. Updated schedules depict the actual status of works done up to the reporting period. e.g. Project-x : start 01-Jan and finish 31-Dec with…

EARNED VALUE OPTIONS IN ADMIN PREFERENCES

There are three options under the Earned Value tab in Admin Preferences, namely; At Completion values with current dates, Budgeted values with current dates, and Budgeted values with planned dates. These options enable selection of the manner in which planned values are required to be calculated. The first one is pretty straightforward — Budgeted Values…

COST LOADING IN PRIMAVERA

To load cost from resources, first you need to create the required resources, labor, non-labor, material. This will depend on your project and industry. For instance, you create a labor resource (Programmer) with unit rate of $20/hour. This resource is allocated to an activity (through Activity Details >> Resources >> Assign) and budgeted units are…