What’s New in Oracle Primavera P6 PPM Professional Version 23

Oracle Primavera releases new updates most months, and this paper outlines the updates that Oracle has introduced in 2023.

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This paper focuses on the changes that PPM users will use and to see a full list of updates please refer to the Oracle documentation, links below.

The information in this paper will be included in my new P6 PPM Version 23 books that will be released in the coming months.

Readers may find the following Oracle documents which include the upgrade information:

This is a list of the enhancements documented in this paper:

  • Resource Analysis Role Limit Calculation Refinement
  • Project Checker Improvement
  • Paste Data From Excel Directly Into P6 Professional
  • DOE – CPP Export Feature Enhanced
  • Projects Window Column to Count the Number of Projects in a Group
  • Add Curtains to Timescale Logic Diagrams and Gantt Layouts in P6 Visualizer
  • Any User can Import Projects from Excel Spreadsheets

 

Eastwood Harris Learning Resources

Accelerate your understanding of scheduling software to advance your scheduling career and be able to prepare better schedules with Eastwood Harris books, training courses and online videos on the following software packages:

  • Microsoft Project,
  • Oracle Primavera P6 and
  • Elecosoft (Asta) Powerproject

Online video training is available through Udemy through following these links:

Please follow these links:

  • Eastwood Harris books and training materials are available here https://www.eh.com.au.
  • Eastwood Harris inhouse, one-to-one and public training courses are offered through Primaskills Pty Ltd, more details here>>>>.
  • Resources for Oracle Primavera P6 users such as third party software that works with P6 and technical papers on Primavera P6 at https://primavera.com.au/.

 

Paul E Harris

Director Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd

3 January 2023

What’s New in Elecosoft (Asta) Powerproject Version 17

What’s New in Elecosoft (Asta) Powerproject Version 17

Elecosoft Powerproject Version 17 was released in mid-December 2023, this article:

  • Lists all the new features and
  • Explains in detail the features used in a single project environment without resources.

Click here to download a pdf of the full article>>>

Features used in a single project environment without resources:

  • A Timeline View which is similar to the Microsoft Project Timeline View is now available.
  • Tabs may be assigned a colour enabling simpler identification of projects and Views that are applied to projects.
  • Tasks may be broken down into smaller steps called Task Activities, similar to Steps in Primavera P6.
  • Autosave in now available and operates in a similar way to Microsoft Project
  • Specify Materials type when recording Task Work details.

The following are not covered in this paper:

  • It is now possible to restrict who may schedule individual Charts in a portfolio of projects,
  • Assign tasks a default allocation rate which overrides the permanent resource default work rate.
  • Use a Permanent Resource Quantity (a resource used for materials) to calculate logistic requirements for Consumable Resources (for example mobile equipment numbers required).
  • The work rate of multiple resources may be assigned the same work rate.
  • Assign access to Print Profiles to prevent users deleting them.

The Elecosoft website has a complete list of all the features and some very good and detailed information on the features released in Version 16 and 17 here:

https://help.elecosoft.com/powerproject/english/17.1.01/Content/HTML_Topics/Conceptual/Whats_new/Whats_new.htm

What is New in Powerproject Version 17

Eastwood Harris Learning Resources

Accelerate your understanding of scheduling software to advance your scheduling career and be able to prepare better schedules with Eastwood Harris books, training courses and online videos on the following software packages:

  • Microsoft Project,
  • Oracle Primavera P6 and
  • Elecosoft (Asta) Powerproject

Online video training is available through Udemy through following these links:

Please follow these links:

  • Eastwood Harris books and training materials are available here https://www.eh.com.au.
  • Eastwood Harris inhouse, one-to-one and public training courses are offered through Primaskills Pty Ltd, more details here>>>>.
  • Resources for Oracle Primavera P6 users such as third party software that works with P6 and technical papers on Primavera P6 at https://primavera.com.au/.

 

Paul E Harris

Director Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd

29 December 2023

 

 

 

How to Assign Task Dependicies in Microsft Project

There are many ways to assign task dependicies using Microsoft Project including:

  • Graphically Adding a Dependency
  • Using the Link and Unlink Icons
  • Task Linking Using the Keyboard
  • Adding and Deleting Predecessors with the Task Information Form
  • Predecessor and Successor Details Forms
  • Editing or Deleting Dependencies Using the Task Dependency Form
  • Autolink New Inserted Tasks or Moved Tasks
  • Editing Relationships Using the Predecessor or Successor Columns

Click on the link below to read an article abot these methods.

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Eastwood Harris Resources

Accelerate your understanding of scheduling software to advance your scheduling career and be able to prepare better schedules with Eastwood Harris books, training courses and online videos on the following software packages:

  • Microsoft Project,
  • Oracle Primavera P6 and
  • Elecosoft (Asta) Powerproject

Online video training is available through Udemy through following these links:

Please follow these links:

  • Eastwood Harris books and training materials are available here https://www.eh.com.au.
  • Eastwood Harris inhouse, one-to-one and public training courses are offered through Primaskills Pty Ltd, more details here>>>>.
  • Resources for Oracle Primavera P6 users such as third party software that works with P6 and technical papers on Primavera P6 at https://primavera.com.au/.

 

Paul E Harris

Director Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd

25 November 2023

Understanding Microsoft Project Default Start and Default End Time

If you are using calendars in your project that do not start at 08:00 hrs (8.00am) or 17:00hrs (5.00pm) then your need to understand this topic and how the Hours per day is calculate.

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The Default start time: and Default end time: are the times that the software uses when a date is entered and a time is not entered. These times should be aligned to the Project calendar and are used in Microsoft Project when:

  • Constraints are assigned to tasks when a date is typed into a Start or Finish field, and
  • Actual Start or Actual Finish dates are assigned.

These times are set in the Options, Calendar form which may be accessed by:

  • Clicking the Options button from the Change working time form, or
  • Selecting the File, Options, Schedule tab, Calendar options for this project:section:

231201 MSP Default Start and Finish Time

If these times are not aligned then tasks may be displayed one day longer than the duration as per the picture below, where the calendar start time is 8:00am and the Default start time is 9:00am and a 3 -day task spans 4 days:

MSP Default Start and Finish Time

It is essential to match both the Default start time: and Default end time: with your project calendar’s normal start and finish times. For example, when the Default start time: is set earlier than the calendar normal start time, a task set with a constraint without a time will appear to finish one day later than scheduled. Therefore a one-day task will span two days and a two-day task, three days.

Eastwood Harris Resources

Accelerate your understanding of scheduling software to advance your scheduling career and be able to prepare better schedules with Eastwood Harris books, training courses and online videos on the following software packages:

  • Microsoft Project,
  • Oracle Primavera P6 and
  • Elecosoft (Asta) Powerproject

Online video training is available through Udemy through following these links:

Please follow these links:

  • Eastwood Harris books and training materials are available here https://www.eh.com.au.
  • Eastwood Harris inhouse, one-to-one and public training courses are offered through Primaskills Pty Ltd, more details here>>>>.
  • Resources for Oracle Primavera P6 users such as third party software that works with P6 and technical papers on Primavera P6 at https://primavera.com.au/.

 

Paul E Harris

Director Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd

25 November 2023

 

Understanding Microsoft Project Fixed Costs

Fixed costs are a function whereby you may assign costs to a task without creating resources.

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It is a useful function if you require a cash flow only but not so useful with a progressed schedule as the Actual and Remaining costs of a Prorated Fixed Cost are linked and proportional to the Actual and Remaining duration.

  • A fixed cost is assigned using the Fixed Cost
  • The fixed cost may be accrued at the Start, End or Prorated over the duration of the task. This option is selected from the Fixed Cost Accrual The default for the Fixed Cost Accrual is set in the File, Options, Schedule tab:

UNDERSTANDING MICROSOFT PROJECT FIXED COSTS

  • Fixed Costs will not be displayed in the Resource Sheet or Resource Usage views but are available in the Task Usage view and in Reports..
  • Fixed Costs are added to resource costs and the total is shown in the Cost

  • Normally the Actual Costs and remaining Costs are linked to the % Complete when set as Prorated:

When the File, Options, Schedule, Calculation Options for this project: Actual costs are always calculated by Project is unchecked the:

  • The Actual Costs may be entered by the user at any value, and
  • The Fixed Costs no longer equal the Total Costs:

Fixed Costs Issues

  • When both Fixed Costs and Resource Costs are assigned to a task, there is no column to display only the total of either the Fixed Cost or the Resource Cost as they are added together in the costs column It is therefore recommended to be able to clearly understand the contents of a Cost column that either Fixed Costs or Resource Costs be assigned to a task but not both.
  • The Actual and Remaining costs of a Prorated Fixed Cost are linked and proportional to the Actual and Remaining duration.
  • When a Baseline is set, the Fixed costs and the Resource costs are added together.
  • The Cost resource function has more functionality and should usually be used in place of Fixed Costs.

Eastwood Harris Resources

Accelerate your understanding of scheduling software to advance your scheduling career and be able to prepare better schedules with Eastwood Harris books, training courses and online videos on the following software packages:

  • Microsoft Project,
  • Oracle Primavera P6 and
  • Elecosoft (Asta) Powerproject

Online video training is available through Udemy through following these links:

Please follow these links:

  • Eastwood Harris books and training materials are available here https://www.eh.com.au.
  • Eastwood Harris inhouse, one-to-one and public training courses are offered through Primaskills Pty Ltd, more details here>>>>.
  • Resources for Oracle Primavera P6 users such as third party software that works with P6 and technical papers on Primavera P6 at https://primavera.com.au/.

 

Paul E Harris

Director Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd