Since the Corona measures are being phased out gradually the Primaned Academy will also adapt its measures: From June 1st it is again possible to register for classroom training modules. Measures are in place to keep the appropriate 1.5 meter distance and there are stricter hygiene measures.Read more
Primaned Academy Ireland will start with the Programme Project Controls in March: Learn the basic principles of Project Controls, Choose your planning tool, Specialise to become a professional. Jonah Roche will be responsible for the sales and coordination of the Primaned Academy in Ireland. Interest www.primanedacademy.ie or contact us via firstname.lastname@example.orgRead 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.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
Yes indeed, you can keep expanding your knowledge in the field of Project Controls in times of Corona. In fact, it might be even easier for you to invest time in education in case Corona created some gaps in your agenda. Of course we took all the measures necessary to avoid spreading the disease:
Measures until June 1st:
All training modules will be organised remotely. So also our Microsoft Project and Primavera P6 Professional trainings will take place with remote learning. We took the following measures to provide the same quality as with our usual classroom method:
- The training material is sent to the participants before the training (so you receive a physical book instead of a PDF);
- We use a professional conference system to make sure you clearly see and hear the teacher. The participants will also see the teacher’s screen and the other participants to keep the meeting interactive and personal.
- The maximum number of participants has been reduced to ensure sufficient personal attention;
- The course is divided into two blocks of 3 hours each training day. There will be enough breaks to be able to keep focused and concentrated during the training.
- Participants will receive a simple login procedure that allows you to login to both the video conference call and scheduling tooling without the need for installation;
- The participants receive a digital certificate after the course.
Measures from June 1st:
If possible the Primaned Academy will switch back to classroom training from June 1st.
So if you have a preference for classroom training you should register for the training modules that are scheduled after June 1st.
We will contact the participants timely if the situation changes. The participants will have the choice of switching to a remote training or postponing the training to a later moment, free of charge.Read more
Niels Ligtvoet discusses the possibilities of integrating Primavera P6 EPPM and Oracle Primavera Cloud (OPC/Prime).
- Limiting the information seen/processed by different roles raises the quality level of information.
- The real power of project controls lies in the integration of data.
- Combining best-in-class tools, out-of-the-box or tailor-made, provides a clear project insight on your projects and portfolio.
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.
Last week we organised a first COVID-proof training. The participants of the PMWeb admin training could follow the interactive training without leaving their homes. In the near future, we will more often offer remote training courses.
Follow our LinkedIn page to stay informed (the webcam images are not shown for privacy reasons).Read more
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.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