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Oracle Primavera P6 Version 8: Project and Portfolio Management

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Oracle Primavera P6 Version 8: Project and Portfolio Management

Overview of this book

In 2008 Oracle acquired Primavera Software, Inc., a leading provider of Project Portfolio Management (PPM) solutions for project-intensive industries.Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management is an integrated project portfolio management (PPM) solution comprising role-specific functionality to satisfy each team member's needs, responsibilities, and skills. It provides a single solution for managing projects of any size, adapts to various levels of complexities within a project, and intelligently scales to meet the needs of various roles, functions, or skill levels in your organization and on your project team.Oracle Primavera P6 Version 8: Project and Portfolio Management aims to show you all the features and functionality of the software thoroughly and clearly.With Oracle Primavera P6 Version 8: Project and Portfolio Management, readers will master the core concepts of Primavera P6 and the new features associated with version 8.This book is divided into two sections, in the first section we learn the fundamental concepts behind managing projects which include organizing projects, adding activities and relationships, assigning roles and resources, scheduling a project, and much more. In the second section we cover portfolio management and how to make the best use of the web client that includes working with portfolios, portfolio analysis, portfolio capacity planning, ROI, tracking performance, and lots more.
Table of Contents (25 chapters)
Oracle Primavera P6 Version 8: Project and Portfolio Management
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Understanding scheduling algorithms

The scheduling engine in Oracle Primavera is robust and powerfully complex. However, with a few simple rules and clear training, good schedulers will easily adopt Primavera as their tool of choice. Quite simply, the algorithm for determining start and finish for an activity is this:

Duration = Units / Units per Time

However, there are many other settings that can create a desired effect in that calculation.


Keep in mind that each industry has a different database setting during installation. If you choose to install the engineering and construction database, then the word Original is used instead of Planned in column headings. In some industries, Budgeted is used instead of Original or Planned. If your organization uses the EPPM via web and is also using the optional client, install the Information Technology (IT) industry database to have the columns match in each tool.

Scheduling using CPM and P6

When you create a project, you will input activities...