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(PS-962) Lessons Learned - P6(TM) - Resource Planning for the Beginner

Primary Author: Mr Charlie Jackson PSP Hill International, Inc.
Co-author(s): Ms Hannah E Schumacher PSP FDI Planning Consultants

Audience Focus: Basic
Application Type: Experience-Based
Venue: 2012 AACE International Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, USA

Abstract: A comprehensive schedule must take into consideration resource capacity planning. Many contract documents require the schedule to be cost and/or resource loaded. If the contract documents require the use of Primavera P6™, it is important for the beginner scheduler to know how to effectively load and plan resource hours/units and understand the myriad of options within the P6™ resource utility.

Primavera P6™ contains several features that assist in establishing a well-defined resource plan while efficiently managing resource allocations. However, a new or in-experienced user would be overwhelmed in the attempt to grasp these features defined at various levels of the project and overall enterprise organization without proper instruction.

This paper will focus on the authors' experiences and their lessons learned regarding the use of P6™ in the resource planning process as they apply to the planning and scheduling development process. The scheduler should be able to apply the Lessons Learned outlined in this paper to develop effective resource plans that meet their organizational requirements and their project contractual obligations.