Primavera P6 Training

Catalyst’s first product was Primavera and it continues over 20 years later.  Our expert instructors can show you how to master the software and build complex schedules more quickly. All classes are live to allow for questions and other interactions. Most are offered online.


Items covered in the Primavera P6 102 Course

UNDERSTANDING DATA IN P6 PROFESSIONAL

What it takes to get started. From opening Primavera through creation of your first project. We walk through the P6 Professional interface, create a new project, talk about the fields during creation, set the start date and then create the project.

OVERVIEW AND NAVIGATION

We discuss how to move around in Primavera with topics including Windows & Menus, Tabs & Toolbars,  Opening/closing a project and understanding the difference between the tables and the Gantt Chart.

CREATING A PROJECT

Catalyst will teach how to create a new project and set all of the options for that project.  Options might include what the default percent complete type is or how a resource behaves once added.

CREATING A WORK BREAKDOWN STRUCTURE

The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) gives structure to our activites.  We will create at least 2 WBS’s during the class. 

ADDING ACTIVITIES

Catalyst defines what an activity is and discusses each type of activity available in Primavera which include Task Dependent, Milestones, Resource Dependent and Level of Effort. 

ASSIGNING CALENDARS

Calendars determine the working time versus non-working time in a schedule.  Catalyst will discuss the three different types of calendars and show the effect on tasks when switching between calendars. 

CREATING RELATIONSHIPS

In Primavera, tasks are linked to each other via logic ties.  Catalyst will show the different relationship types while building our schedule and have discussions on why we would use each in given situations.

SCHEDULING

As our schedule is developed students will frequently be asked to reschedule their projects in order to apply the changes being made.  Eventually this schedule evolves into a Critical Path discussion and ultimately making sure our schedule is a Crital Path Methodology developed schedule. 

WORKING WITH CONSTRAINTS

Your start date may be known but what are we doing to make sure the project comes in on time? Catalyst will teach you how to lock your finish date in place along with using more advanced constraint types such as As Late As Possible.

CREATING LAYOUTS

Once a schedule is built, we may no longer want to see the tasks by just the Work Breakdown Structure.  Maybe we want to see it by who is responsible for each task or maybe we just want to show upcoming tasks in the next 6 weeks.  Using Grouping, Sorting and Filtering, we will create layouts to view the data in different ways. 

UNDERSTANDING ROLES & RESOURCES

While we have our tasks in place and our Critical Path Methodology Schedule built, we need to establish who is going to do the work and how much it will cost.  In this section, Catalyst shows the student how to build roles and resources and then assign them to tasks. 

BASELINING A PROJECT

With Tasks, Logic and Resources, our CPM schedule is now built.  However, we have a contract with our owner.  Baselining establishes that contract and gives us something as a comparison.  

IMPORTING & EXPORTING DATA

There are times that users need to move data in or out of Primavera.  Catalyst will discuss how we can import/export specific data or whole projects from/to Primavera.

METHODS OF APPLYING UPDATES

We have our schedule built along with its Baseline, but how do we know if we are on track?  Progress provides a weekly interval to which we enter what has actually happened on the project.  We will also discuss the impacts of each progress update via schedule analysis.

WORKING WITH REFLECTION

Have you ever had an owner say, “What-if” we make this change?  Reflection gives the user a tool from which to create copies (what-if) of your project.  Upon final decision, the changes can be added to the actual project. 

REPORTING PERFORMANCE

While Layouts give us different views within a project, Reports let us move data into a presentable format.  Catalyst will discuss the reporting feature and show how we can create a report based on a few columns or how we can create reports based on Time-Distributed Data.