How can Business Intelligence offer added value within Project Controls?
In the information age, knowledge is essential to remain competitive. Companies are making a shift towards attaining a data-driven culture. Interest in Business intelligence is on a steady rise and today more and more companies are even investing in more advanced set-ups like combinations of big data with artificial intelligence.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
Integrated project management is becoming increasingly important for project organisations in the Netherlands. At the Primaned Academy, we see that Planning and Risk processes in particular are increasingly carried out by a single person. Our risk specialisation trains a planner to carry out a qualitative risk analysis in order to prioritise and possibly quantify risks on the basis of a probabilistic planning.
I’m a true advocate for using (a basic implementation) of EVM on all your projects, or at least the philosophy. The use of Earned Value Management metrics gives a good insight in your current project status at a simple glance. By planning your project carefully and assigning budgets, in hours, euros, documents, resources, to your activities, a world of possibilities opens. Every project stakeholder can have their own personalized reports on their points of interest, with their own style of preference.
The level of project controls maturity has a great impact on the insight you can gain using the same, simple metrics provided by EVM. Let me take you through the different levels of reporting maturities, followed by some ideas on how to improve further than the classic methods.Read more
Every planner regularly encounters negative total float in schedules where he didn’t expect it. This happens more often than one would like. And every time this is the start of a nerve-wracking search for the cause. In this post we list the most probable causes to give you guidance on where to start looking.Read more
In 2020, we will start the Project Controls course again. In addition to a good foundation and learning a planning tool (Tooling), this course consists of four specialisations: Cost, Risk, Information and Claim. In 2019, several enthusiastic participants from different companies started the course.Read more
Gert Truyens explains what the different levels of change are, what they mean and how you can deal with them.
Managing change will always be a challenge in projects. Its importance cannot be overestimated in order to successfully deliver projects. Messing up will have huge implications in a claim-oriented environment. Still we see many project teams struggling with organizing and following a proper change management process.
A first step which proved to be of great help, is differentiating between several levels of change. To do this, we start by defining 5 levels on which projects are managed.Read more
After following the tooling courses Oracle Primavera P6 Professional (P6) and Microsoft Project (MSP) one will identify differences between MSP and P6 on the following topics: milestones, adding activities (tasks in MSP), use of constraints, levelling, baselines, lags and relations. This blog will elaborate on the difference of using the “As Late As Possible” constraints in MSP and P6. It is essential to reckon this difference since it has a significant influence on the schedule.Read more
Microsoft Project is a planning tool with which, besides planning on time, resources can also be allocated to activities. In this blog we will briefly discuss how Microsoft Project deals with the concepts Units and Peak and how different resource fields are calculated.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.Read more
Niels Ligtvoet discusses the possibilities of integrating Primavera P6 EPPM and Oracle Primavera Cloud (OPC/Prime).Read more
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
The Primaned Academy continuously improves its education, responding to what organisations need for their employees. Our field committee consists of experts in project management, working for various organisations in the Netherlands. They give us advice, both solicited and unsolicited, in order to keep our training courses practical and relevant. The first meeting last month showed how much we can learn from each other in this rapidly changing and exciting field of Project Controls.Read more
As a temporary conclusion to our Earned Value Management blog series, we’d like to provide you with an EVM formula cheat sheet. This file contains all essential formulas for calculating the Earned Value metrics, indicators and measures. Download the .pdf for free.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. This blog post will address 3 options, which will help you better represent reality in your progress updates.
When using the Critical Path Method (CPM) in traditional project management software, Total Float (TF) and Free Float (FF) are calculated, which most project managers know and use. But there is more to it. We can gain deeper insight in which timeframe an activity can shift, and the effects on the related activities by calling in two more types of float. The Interfering Float (INTF) and the Independent Float (INDF). Let me tell you how to interpret them, help decision making, and support claim prevention/preparation by using these four characteristics.Read more