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.

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The P6 Project Must Finish By Date must be used with caution as it may not operate in the way you think it should. Click on this link to read an article on this topic.

Consider purchasing books by Paul Harris to see more explanations like this:

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

Available as paperback, spiral, Kobo, Kindle and iTunes.

  • May be used aa self-teach book or training course handouts.
  • Instructor PowerPoint slide shows are available.

More information and links to sellers at this web site:

Paul E Harris

Director Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd

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

Paul E Harris

Director Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd


Project Planning & Control Using Primavera® P6TM Version 8.1 – Book Review

isbn#9781921059575 _Oracle Primavera P6 Training manual_V8-1Project Planning & Control Using Primavera® P6TM Version 8.1 – Book Review

I personally covered the planning and control book from cover to cover over the past few days, picking it up and putting it down at points in time easiest for myself.

I found the material very easy to use and work through, very informative with detailed literature and drawings were necessary. It is well structured for putting together a project from scratch and it will be an excellent reference book for use at the office or place of work.

The little extra tips you have highlighted in appropriate sections are extremely useful reminders.

For me I needed to refresh my experience and exposure of the tool after having a 1year career break and your book has defiantly fulfilled that purpose for me.  It has completely refreshed my mind with regards to the Primavera P6 tool set and its little methods of working which you detailed extremely well.

To be honest, I wished I had the material when I first started out, it would have saved allot of time, effort and questions. I have been on the official “Primavera” training course and numerous “in house courses” over the years and I would say, in my opinion, your material is the easiest and most comprehensive I come across and sat through.

I especially liked the references to previous version Primavera have released whilst going through the manual and the comprehensive list at the end, detailing changes each version brought to the user.  Some industries don’t use all the modification, so unless you activity search for yourself, you would be at a miss; crucial if you going for a new position in a different industry.

I would whole heatedly recommend the Primavera P6 training book and its contents to an organization, planners, contractors and anyone wishing to start their career in this complicated environment.

Thanks to Paul Harris’ understanding of the environment and his years of experience we all have a chance to accelerate our learning with this Primavera P6 training material.

Review by

Mr P.G.Noble

Primavera Project Planning Consultant

Oracle Primavera P6 training courses are available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth

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Project Planning & Control Using Primavera® P6TM For all industries including Versions 4 to 7

SHORT DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT MATTER A user guide and training manual written for Project Management Professionals who wish to learn how to set up a database and plan and control projects using Primavera P6 with or without Resources and Roles.
READERSHIP The book is aimed at:

– 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. This book may be customized to meet your requirements, please contact the author for details. This book is a PMI Approved course. REPs may apply to have this course licensed to them.

– Training organizations requiring a training manual to run their own training courses.

– People who wish learn the software but are unable to attend a training course but find the software reference manual hard going.

SHORT DESCRIPTION ON FRONT COVER This book is an update of the authors Primavera Version 6.2 book and contains more chapters including Global Change, Multiple Project Scheduling, Managing the Enterprise Environment, Resource Optimization and Leveling. It has been written using the Construction and Engineering version but may be used by any industry and covers Versions 4 to 7. 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.
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 Primavera Versions from 3.5 to 7 and it explains some of the differences from SureTrak, P3, Microsoft Project and Asta Powerproject to assist people converting form other products.

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:

– Concentrating on the core functions required to set up an enterprise environment and how to plan and control projects.

– Providing command lists at the start of each chapter as a quick reference.

– Providing a comprehensive table of contents and index of all topics.

The book is intended to be used:

– As a self teach book, or

– A user guide, or

– 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, an Approved PRINCE2 Trainer and a “Managing Successful Programmes” Registered Practitioner. 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 world wide with a strong focus on Microsoft Project and Primavera 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.

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