New book and training material on Oracle Primavera P6 Version 21 PPM

Paul E. Harris has just released his new Oracle Primavera P6 Version 21 PPM book and this may be ordered from links here>>>.  Books are available in paperback, spiral, Kindle, Kobo, Google books and training course providers may buy instructor PowerPoint slide shows through this link.

Paul E. Harris has also written a paper that expands on the information published by Oracle by outlining the changes a PPM user will see in P6 Version 21 and adding some comments on the usability of the features, click on this link for details>>>.

For people who would like to see the changes in previous versions please click on these links:

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

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  • Eastwood Harris books and training materials are available here https://www.eh.com.au
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Planning and Control Using Oracle Primavera P6 Versions 8 to 21 PPM Professional

Planning and Control Using Oracle Primavera P6 Versions 8 to 21 PPM Professional

SUPERSEDED VERSIONS ISBN 978-1-925185-82-9 supersedes 978-1-925185-78-2
ISBN 978-1-925185-83-6 supersedes 978-1-925185-79-9
ISBN 978-1-925185-84-3 supersedes 978-1-925185-80-5
SHORT DESCRIPTION ON FRONT COVER A user guide and training manual written for Project Management Professionals who wish to learn how to plan and control projects in an established Primavera Enterprise environment with or without Resources and Roles.

This book is an update of the author’s Primavera P6 Version 8 to 20 book and contains information of the recent updates. The book has been written so it may be used with any software industry version.

SHORT DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT MATTER The book is packed with screen shots, constructive tips and contains workshops with solutions at the end of each chapter for the reader to practice the skills taught. It has been written so it may be used with either the Professional Project Management Client version or the Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Optional Client.
READERSHIP The book is aimed at:

  1. People who wish learn the software but are unable to attend a training course and find the software reference manual hard going.
  2. Project management companies who wish to run their own software training courses or provide their employees with an alternative text to the vendor supplied user manual.
  3. Training organizations requiring a training manual to run their own training courses.
BACKGROUND ON BOOK Primavera Systems Inc. originally asked the author to write this book and this publication is ideal for people who would like to gain an understanding of how the software operates up to an intermediate level. It covers only Primavera Versions 8, 15 and 16 Professional Client and Optional Client. It explains some of the differences from Microsoft Project and Elecosoft (Asta) Powerproject to assist people converting form other products.

All scheduling software is difficult to learn for a number of reasons. None have the optimal settings when installed and Layouts, User Preferences and default options need to be adjusted to obtain the best possible performance. Usually the Help files do not connect the user to real life situations and do not explain the practical use of functions. Furthermore, there are many flicks and switches with obscure names that are difficult to understand or decide what they do or which are important. These issues make learning the software very difficult without a comprehensive guide written by an experienced user. Investing in a book written by Paul E Harris will address all these issues and allow you to setup the software properly and understand all the obscure functions letting you become productive more quickly and enhance your career opportunities and salary with a solid understanding of the software.

The book is designed to teach planners and schedulers in any industry how to setup and use the software in a project environment. It explains in plain English and in a logical sequence, the steps required to create and maintain an unresourced and resourced schedule. It tackles some of the more complex aspects of the software that the user manual does not address. It highlights the sources of information and the methods that should be employed to produce a realistic and useful project schedule.

The book provides advice on how on how the many software options may be applied to projects environments and it aims to teach readers how to plan and control projects created within the software package and stays focused on explaining how to use Primavera to schedule projects by:

  1. Concentrating on the core functions required to set up an enterprise environment and how to plan and control projects.
  2. Providing command lists at the start of each chapter as a quick reference.
  3. Providing a comprehensive table of contents and index of all topics.

The book is intended to be used:

  1. As a self-teach book, or
  2. A user guide, or
  3. A training manual for a three-day training course.

This book is written by an experienced scheduler, who has used the software at the sharp end of projects and is not a techo. It draws on the author’s practical experience in using the software in a wide variety of industries. It presents workable solutions to real day to day planning and scheduling problems and contains practical advice on how to set up the software and import data.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Paul Harris holds an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering obtained in the UK and is a Certified Cost Engineer through AACEI International, a PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner and a “Managing Successful Programmes” Registered Practitioner. He has written and published over the past 22 years over 50 books and training material on Oracle Primavera, Microsoft Project and Elecosoft (Asta) Powerproject. He has worked in the project controls industry for a number of years and has assisted many companies in a range of industries to set up and run project controls systems. His Melbourne, Australia based company, Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd, offers project controls consulting and training services worldwide with a strong focus on Microsoft Project, Primavera and Powerproject software.
AUTHOR’S COMMENT As a project controls consultant I have used a number of planning and scheduling software packages for the management of a range of project types and sizes. The first books I published were user guides/training manuals for Primavera SureTrak®, P3 and   Microsoft Project users. These were well received by professional project managers and schedulers, so I decided to turn my attention to developing books that demonstrated how the software is used with project management methodologies such as PRINCE2 and the PMBOK® Guide. This book follows the same layout as my other books and I trust this book will assist you in understanding how to use Primavera P6 to plan and control your projects.
SAMPLE POWERPOINT SLIDE SHOWS AND BOOKS Sample instructor PowerPoint slide shows and sample books may be downloaded from the Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd web site at www.eh.com.au.

NEW BOOK ON MICROSOFT PROJECT 365 and 2021, INCLUDING 2019, 2016 and 2013

Microsoft Project 2021 was released in October 2021 and Microsoft Project 365 is a subscription version of this software. This book is an update of the authors Microsoft Project 2019 book and has been written to be used as the basis of a two-day training course and includes updated exercises for the students to complete at the end of each chapter. This book will be available in paperback, spiral bound, Kindle, iTunes, Kobo and Google books. Unlike many training publications, this course book may then be used by the students as a reference book and instructor PowerPoint slide shows may also be purchased from Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd by clicking on this link>>>.

There are very few changes in the software but if you wish to read a short article titled What’s New In Microsoft Project 2021 listing the functional changes found by the author then click on this link>>>

Planning and Control Using Microsoft Project 365 and 2021- Including 2019, 2016 and 2013

Planning and Control Using Microsoft Project 365 and 2021- Including 2019, 2016 and 2013

Accelerate your understanding of scheduling software to advance your scheduling career and be able to prepare better schedules with Eastwood Harris books, online videos available through Udemy and training material on:

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PRIMAVERA P6 PPM ACTIVITY NETWORK VIEW

The Activity Network, also known as the Program (or Project) Evaluation and Review Technique – PERT View, displays activities as boxes connected by the relationship lines. Activities may be added, deleted and linked in this view in the same way as in the Gantt Chart View. This article is an extract from the book 99 Tricks and Traps for Oracle Primavera P6 PPM Professional explaining how to use the the Activity Network View: https://eastwoodharris.com/DL/TP/210730_P6_Activity_Network_View.pdf

Accelerate your understanding of scheduling software to advance your scheduling career and be able to prepare better schedules with Eastwood Harris books, online videos available through Udemy and training material on:

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ORACLE PRIMAVERA P6 DELAY ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES

Many construction contracts specify that a delay must be calculated from the critical path of a program.

Often project programs are completed in Oracle Primavera P6 and therefore to demonstrate a delay the scheduler needs to add delays to the program to demonstrate and calculate the delay.

If you wish to understand the various techniques of assigning delays to activities in an Oracle Primavera P6 program, click on this link>>>.

Accelerate your understanding of scheduling software to advance your scheduling career and be able to prepare better schedules with Eastwood Harris books, online videos available through Udemy and training material on:

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What are Oracle Primavera P6 External Dates?

P6 has dates that are called External Dates. Do you know that they are a constraint, they may significantly change your program and may be created without you knowing?

External Dates can be career shortening if you do not know how they are created, how to find them, delete them or turn them off!

If you wish to understand about External Dates then look at this paper with is an extract from my Planning and Control Using Oracle Primavera P6 PPM book by clicking on this link>>>.

Accelerate your understanding of scheduling software to advance your scheduling career and be able to prepare better schedules with Eastwood Harris books, online videos available through Udemy and training material on:

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Oracle Primavera P6 “Project Must Finish by Date”

An absolute finish date may be imposed on the project using the Project Window, Dates tab. Imposing a Must Finish By date makes Primavera calculate the late dates from the Must Finish By date rather than the calculated early finish date. Click on this link to see an article on how this P6 operates

To see more explanations like this then please consider purchasing Microsoft Project, Oracle Primavera P6 or Elecosoft (Asta) Powerproject books by Paul Harris which is available in many formats, paperback, spiral, Kobo, Kindle and iTunes.

These books are intended to be used:

  • As a self-teach book and user guide, or a training manual for a three-day training course.
  • PowerPoint slide shows are available for training companies to purchase and pdf versions are available to educational organisations.

More information and links to sellers at this web site:

https://www.eh.com.au/PP6V18PPM.html

 

Accelerate your understanding of scheduling software to advance your scheduling career and be able to prepare better schedules with Eastwood Harris books, online videos available through Udemy and training material on:

Details at  https://www.eh.com.au

Paul E Harris

Director Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd