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By ProjCon on 01/07/2016 15:43
Often there is discussion on why the EV needs to be matured and what are its benefits - tangible and as well as non tangible. I am making a small attempt to list some its benefits and keen to know your thoughts - 

The benefits of improved EVM at enterprise or PMO level:

- Standardised processes for managing project performance on a programme - Improves transparency and strategic reporting senior management through dashboards - Improved timeliness and quality of reports through streamlined reporting - Improved standardisation and automation of reports resulting in reduced costs for report production and improved employee job satisfaction for project controls teams members - Employee development of competencies - Produces historical data that can be used for lessons learned and to improve future estimating - Produces man-hour utilisation and productivity statistics for HR planning - Improved compliance with corporate financial reporting requirements - Provides valuable strategic and operational information for improved...
By ProjCon on 22/06/2016 08:18
 How does “Actual units” spread when you use Resource curve

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We have an activity which is applied “Back Loaded” resource curve.



When we update progress, the Actual unit will spread just like we plan.





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By ProjCon on 22/06/2016 08:15
 

How does “Resource curve” work?

Let say we have an activity with 100 days duration and 100 labor units. By default it use Linear spread.



It mean, when you reach 5% of duration (5th day in this example) you have 5% of total unit (5 unit in this example). And it spread evenly to that period.

So resource spreadsheet will be like this:



Now if I change to 6 %.



It mean, when you reach 5% of duration (5th day in this example) you have 6% of total unit (6 unit in this example). And it spread evenly to that period.

So resource spreadsheet will be like this:



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By ProjCon on 22/06/2016 08:13
 

 

What does “Effort driven” option do? 1

You may wonder what does “Effort driven” option in Task Detail Form do?



Here I have 2 tasks.

Task A doesn’t have Effort driven check. When I assign 2 resources to it, the Work unit for each resource doesn’t change (80h for each resource). No matter how many resource I assign, each resource will get 80h.



Now, Task B have Effort driven check. When I assign resource to it, the Work unit for each resource change (with 2 resource assign it will get 40h for each resource). And activity duration reduce to 5 days. The more resource you assign, the less unit each resource will get.

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By ProjCon on 22/06/2016 08:09
 

Microsoft Project : Custom View (New view) appear in all Project When you need to customize a View and save it for later use, sometimes we only need that View for a certain Project. However by default Microsoft Project always save New View to Global template, and it will appear in all project. This can cause problem because day by day the list of View will increase and become a mess.



In order to tell Microsoft Project not to save it to Global template, but only save in this project, we will simply turn off an option.

Go to File -> Option -> Advanced -> Display section. Uncheck “Automatically add new views, tables, filters, and groups to the global” option.



Now the new view you create only save in that project.





 

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By ProjCon on 22/06/2016 08:06
Create critical path for “any activity” 5

In Primavera when we use the default “Critical” filter, it will show the critical path for the whole project (for the last activity).



How about if we want to show critical path for an activity which is somewhere in middle of project, not the last one.

In this case we can use “Multiple float paths” function.

You can go to Tool -> Schedule -> Option -> Advanced tab ->

Check “Calculate multiple float paths” Check “Free Float” In “Display multiple float paths ending with activity”, you choose the activity you want the critical...
By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 22:27
Can not filter on Start or Finish date  

You have a very simple project. You want to show only activity which finish on 25-Jan-16.



As usual, you create an filter like this:



Then… SURPRISE. It’s a blank screen.



A big “WHY” question.

To answer this question. You need to show the time of activity by going to Edit -> User Preferences -> Dates tab -> In “Time” section, click on “24 hour”



Now you can see the Time when activity start and finish.



You can notice that when we define the filter, by default the Time is 00:00. That’s why P6 can not find any activity.



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By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 22:25
Remove relationship for multiple activities 1

You have a group of activities which need to be removed all relationship



Instead of going to each activity and click the Remove button, you can select all activity -> right click ->  Assign -> Click on either Predecessor or Successor



Then select all activity and click on Remove button.



Now you can see all relationship has gone.







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By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 22:23
Does it matter calculating the total float from the start dates or finish dates in P6? We were taught that the total float is the amount of time that the activity can be delayed without affecting the overall project duration.

And the calculation of the total float is the difference between the late dates and the early dates.

Either the Late Start – Early Start or Late finish – Early Finish. Both should give the same results.

But in P6 you have the option to use start dates or the finish dates in calculating the float.



Figure (1) – Shows P6 settings for float calculations

So, does it matter? Or does it give different results?

 

The Answer to this question is yes, it does matter in two cases.

1 – Using the WBS summary activity

2 – Using the level of effort activity

In order to know the difference, we must know how both type of activities calculate their early and late dates.

The WBS summary:

The late finish date...
By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 22:22
Open Microsoft Project file and a blank screen appear 1

When you work with Microsoft Project 2010 in 2 monitor, you finish working, save the file and then next day you open a project file and a blank screen appear like this:



What the he**, where is my project?

At first I thought the file is damaged, but it isn’t.

To show the project you go to View -> Arrange All. And your project is back.



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