Tutorial: Introducing the Oracle Primavera P6

Most of project managers are used to use a version of Microsoft Project to manage their project. However, other powerful tools can also be used for the same purpose. Today I want to introduce one. Oracle Primavera P6

I consider Primavera P6 less intuitive and friendly when compared to Microsoft Project, but it is a good tool for more complex projects, where the control of the workforce requires a more fine-tuning. Do you often use this software in your projects? If yes, what is your opinion about it?

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Mastering the Basics of Project Management: The Complete Series (until now)

In my series mastering the basics of project management  that I started in 2010I used to focus on technical aspects of the work (e.g., tool, templates, or technique to help manage scope, schedules, and people), according to the PMBOK 4th and 5th editions. Below you will find the complete list of the articles posted until now.

  1. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: The Project Cost and Budget Management
  2. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: Managing Distributed Project Teams
  3. Mastering the basics of project management: Establishing Team Rules of Engagemen
  4. Mastering the basics of project management: the Project Leadership
  5. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: Writing Better e-mails
  6. Mastering the basics of project management: the Project Plan – Part 1
  7. Mastering the basics of project management: Goal and Objectives Settings
  8. Mastering the basics of project management: Scheduling techniques and time management
  9. Mastering the basics of project management: what a project really is?

Bonus 1Mastering the Project Manager Mindset: Foundational Skills

Bonus 2Three Essential Leadership Behaviors for Project Managers

Bonus 3Some Reasons Why Our IT Projects Continue To Fail

Bonus 4: Are You Prepared to Face These 12 Traits of a Modern Leader?

Mastering the Basics of Project Management: The Complete Series [Updated on March 25th, 2013]

In my series mastering the basics of project management  that I started in 2010I used to focus on technical aspects of the work (e.g., tool, templates, or technique to help manage scope, schedules, and people), according to the PMBOK 4th and 5th editions. Below you will find the complete list of the articles posted until now.

  1. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: The Critical Path Method [CPM] NEW!
  2. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: The Key Project Roles
  3. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: The Project Charter
  4. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: Differences Between Portfolio Management, Programme Management and Project Management
  5. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: The Project Cost and Budget Management
  6. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: Managing Distributed Project Teams
  7. Mastering the basics of project management: Establishing Team Rules of engagement
  8. Mastering the basics of project management: the Project Leadership
  9. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: Writing Better e-mails
  10. Mastering the basics of project management: the Project Plan – Part 1
  11. Mastering the basics of project management: Goal and Objectives Settings
  12. Mastering the basics of project management: Scheduling techniques and time management
  13. Mastering the basics of project management: what a project really is?
  14. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: the Project Scope

Bonus 1Mastering the Project Manager Mindset: Foundational Skills

Bonus 2Three Essential Leadership Behaviors for Project Managers

Bonus 3Some Reasons Why Our IT Projects Continue To Fail

Bonus 4: Are You Prepared to Face These 12 Traits of a Modern Leader?

Bonus 5Mastering the Project Manager Mindset: Making Better Decisions NEW!

Mastering the Basics of Project Management: The Critical Path Method [CPM]

Let’s talk, in this article, about the Critical Path Method (CPM) or Critical Path Analysis (CPA). Developed in the late 50’s by the US Navy and Du Pont, CPM is commonly used with all forms of projects, including construction, software development, research projects, product development, engineering, and plant maintenance, among others, the CPM is is a mathematically based algorithm for scheduling a set of project activities and it’s an important tool to for effective project management.

Planning a project usually involves dividing it into a number of small tasks that can be assigned to individuals or teams. The project’sschedule depends on the duration of these tasks and the sequence in which they are arranged. This sequence can be driven by several factors: customer deadlines, availability of personnel or resources, and dependencies among tasks. The last factor is the subject of this paper—in particular, how this sequence can affect the project’s duration and its finish date.

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Mastering the Project Manager Mindset: Making Better Decisions

The decisions we make every single day on our projects and tasks will hugely affect the eventual outcome of them. This means that if you can make better decisions then you should expect to run more successful and better projects. It appears really simple, and the most of the best tips I have come across are pretty honest once you think about them. Let’s see:

Give yourself more time: Making a decision under a lot of time pressure is one of the unfailing ways of getting it wrong. I think it is safe to say that most of us think better when we have a few minutes of peace and quiet to consider the facts. There are very few situations you will come across in your project management career where you will need to make a snap decision without being able to think it over. You should consequently avoid rushing into your decisions and instead take your time to get them right instead of simply getting them out of the way quickly.

Follow the facts: Another common mistake made by under pressure project managers is to make their decisions without being apprised of all of the facts. If you do this then the only way you can expect to get the right conclusion is through absolute luck. Probably the most important step in your decision making process is that of doing your fact finding and working out what it is all about. This is a part of the process which it is easy to rush past but if you want to get it right then you will want to spend enough time on this stage before you even start to consider what your options are for the final decision. You might even find that once you have all of the facts the decision becomes a lot easier than you thought it was going to be.

Think of the outcomes: One of the other points which it is easy to disregard is that of the consequences of your decision. For example, will it lead to you needing more budget or more team members or will it result in a change to the project plan? There are often a number of different follow-on effects to consider before you go ahead and act on your decision.

Seek other evaluations: The last point mentioned looking for other opinions, and this is something worth bearing in mind in other circumstances as well. If you go and get the opinion of someone who is a bit more far away from the piece of work then you might be surprised by the different perspective they can offer you. If you are very lucky you might find that you work close to someone who is an excellent sounding board and who can give you the advice you need at the right times.

Always be flexible: Not every decision you need to make will demand the same deliberation process, so you need to be sure to adopt a flexible strategy which allows you to adapt your ideas to the situation. The project management world is one which requires you to be flexible anyway so you should soon get into the habit of being flexible. You should approach each decision in the way which best suits it. Being flexible is all about knowing that you have the skills and experience to consider the situation and choose the right way ahead even if it is completely different from the way you have done things in the past.

And, as a last advice, make sure to read Michael Wade, Nicholas Bates and Kurt Harden every single morning. They have the power of instant wisdom and you can learn a lot with these guys.

Mastering the Basics of Project Management: The Complete Series [Updated on March 18th, 2013]

In my series mastering the basics of project management  that I started in 2010I used to focus on technical aspects of the work (e.g., tool, templates, or technique to help manage scope, schedules, and people), according to the PMBOK 4th and 5th editions. Below you will find the complete list of the articles posted until now.

  1. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: The Key Project Roles NEW!
  2. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: The Project Charter
  3. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: Differences Between Portfolio Management, Programme Management and Project Management
  4. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: The Project Cost and Budget Management
  5. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: Managing Distributed Project Teams
  6. Mastering the basics of project management: Establishing Team Rules of engagement
  7. Mastering the basics of project management: the Project Leadership
  8. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: Writing Better e-mails
  9. Mastering the basics of project management: the Project Plan – Part 1
  10. Mastering the basics of project management: Goal and Objectives Settings
  11. Mastering the basics of project management: Scheduling techniques and time management
  12. Mastering the basics of project management: what a project really is?
  13. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: the Project Scope

Bonus 1Mastering the Project Manager Mindset: Foundational Skills

Bonus 2Three Essential Leadership Behaviors for Project Managers

Bonus 3Some Reasons Why Our IT Projects Continue To Fail

Bonus 4: Are You Prepared to Face These 12 Traits of a Modern Leader?

Mastering the Basics of Project Management: The Key Project Roles

There are many project roles with some having a greater involvement as the project progresses. However, there are 3 key project characters that need to be appointed early. In this post We will describe the 3 project roles and the differences between each one.

The project roles

The Sponsor: The Sponsor should be a Director of the organisation. They need to be someone with financial authority and be able to allocate extra resources to the project. The Sponsor should have a settled interest in the successful outcome of the project.  The project Manager need to identify who the sponsor of the project is and ensure that he or she understands their role.

Project Role of The Sponsor:

  • Responsible To The Board For Delivery
  • Owns The Project Budget
  • Responsible For Benefits Realisation
  • Authorises Project Scope
  • Approves Project Documents
  • Authorises Project Changes
  • Confirms and supports the Project Plan
  • Gives approval to proceed to execution

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  • Validates Deliverable Completion

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