Creating an Unresourced Project with Oracle Primavera P6 PPM

Video description

Project portfolio management is a vital aspect of any enterprise-level organization. Oracle’s Primavera P6 PPM is a powerful software solution that offers end-to-end project management capabilities, including project scheduling, risk analysis, opportunity management, resource management, collaboration, and control. The software’s seamless integration with other enterprise software, such as Oracle and SAP’s ERP systems, makes it an industry-leading solution for managing complex projects and portfolios.

The course begins with an introduction to the tool, followed by a step-by-step guide to creating a new project plan within the software. You will also learn how to define project calendars and create a WBS, an essential component of project planning. The course then delves into the process of adding activities to the project plan and organizing them under the WBS. You will then learn how to format the display of the project plan, as well as how to add and manage relationships between project activities.

The course concludes with an in-depth look at the activity network view and constraints, providing you with the skills required to manage complex projects effectively.

By the end of the course, you would have acquired the skills and knowledge necessary to plan and manage projects without resources using this Primavera tool.

What You Will Learn

  • Get introduced to Oracle Primavera Project Manager P6 PPM Professional
  • Create a new project and planning
  • Define calendars and creating a Primavera Project WBS
  • Add activities and organize them under the Work Breakdown Structure
  • Format the display and adding relationships
  • Explore the activity network view and constraints


This course is best suited for program managers and project control staff evaluating the software against your organizational requirements, and project schedulers and experienced project personnel who wish to learn how to use the software to schedule and control projects. Individuals with an understanding of how projects are planned, scheduled, and controlled, including understanding the project management processes applicable to your projects will also benefit from this course.

You will need your computer with Oracle Primavera P6 loaded and experience in using application software such as Microsoft Office.

About The Author

Paul E. Harris: Paul E. Harris holds an honors degree in civil engineering obtained in the UK and is a certified cost engineer through AACEI International, a PRINCE2 registered practitioner, and a “Managing Successful Programs” registered practitioner. He has worked in the project controls industry for a number of years and has assisted many companies in a range of industries to set up and run project control systems. His Melbourne, Australia-based company, Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd., offers project controls consulting and training services worldwide with a strong focus on Microsoft Project and Oracle Primavera software.

Table of contents

  1. Chapter 1 : Introduction
    1. Introduction and Workshop Instructions
    2. Purpose, Required Background Knowledge
    3. Purpose of Planning, Planning Metrics, Cycle, Level, Monitoring, and Controlling
    4. Summary
  2. Chapter 2 : Creating a Project Plan
    1. Introduction
    2. Understanding the Software, Enterprise Project Management, and Your Project
    3. Level 1 – Planning without Resources
    4. Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4
    5. Summary
  3. Chapter 3 : Starting Up and Navigation
    1. Summary, Projects Window, Opening Projects, Activity Window, and Portfolio
    2. Top and Bottom Panes, User Preferences, Starting Day of the Week, and Date Picker
    3. Admin Preferences, Options, Do Not Ask Me About this Again, Mouse Clicking
    4. Accessing Help
    5. Refresh Data—F5 Key, Commit Changes—F10 Key, Send Project, and Closing Down
    6. Summary
    7. Workshop – Navigating Around the Windows
  4. Chapter 4 : Creating a New Project
    1. Introduction
    2. Creating, Copying, Importing, Setting Up a Project
    3. Summary
    4. Workshop - Creating Your Project
  5. Chapter 5 : Defining Calendars
    1. Introduction
    2. Database Default Calendar, Global and Project Calendars, Project Default Calendar
    3. Creating a New Global, Project Calendar, and Resource Calendars
    4. Move, Copy, Rename, and Delete a Calendar and Edit Calendars
    5. Summary
    6. Workshop – Maintaining the Calendars
  6. Chapter 6 : Creating a Primavera Project WBS
    1. Introduction
    2. Opening and Navigating the WBS Window, Creating and Deleting a WBS Node
    3. Summary
    4. Workshop – Creating the Work Breakdown Structure
  7. Chapter 7 : Adding Activities and Organizing Under the WBS
    1. Introduction
    2. New Activity Defaults
    3. Adding New Activities, Default Activity Duration, Copying and Renumbering
    4. Elapsed Duration, Finding Bars, Assigning Calendars and WBS, Reordering or Sorting
    5. Undo
    6. Summarizing Activities Using WBS
    7. Spell Check
    8. Summary
    9. Workshop – Adding Activities
  8. Chapter 8 : Formatting the Display
    1. Introduction
    2. Project Window, Understanding Forms, Formatting the Bars, Progress Lines
    3. Columns, Row Height, Timescale, Attachments, Fonts, Colors, and Line Numbers
    4. Summary
    5. Workshop – Formatting the Bar Chart
  9. Chapter 9 : Adding Relationships
    1. Introduction
    2. Constraints, Understanding Relationships, Lags and Leads, and Formatting
    3. Adding and Removing Relationships
    4. Dissolving Rels, Circular Rels, Scheduling the Project, Reviewing Rels, Leads and Lags
    5. Relationship Comments and Reduced MS Relationships
    6. Summary
    7. Workshop – Adding the Relationships
  10. Chapter 10 : Activity Network View
    1. Introduction
    2. Viewing a Project Using the Activity Network View, and Using the Network View
    3. Early Date, Late Date, and Float Calculations
    4. Summary
    5. Workshop – Scheduling Calculations and Activity Network View
  11. Chapter 11 : Constraints
    1. Introduction
    2. Assigning Constraints, External Dates, Project Must Finish By Date, and Activity Notebook
    3. Check Schedule Report and Completed Schedule Checklist
    4. Workshop 9 – Constraints

Product information

  • Title: Creating an Unresourced Project with Oracle Primavera P6 PPM
  • Author(s): Paul E. Harris
  • Release date: July 2021
  • Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781803242873