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What is Use of Anticipated Start and Anticipated Finish dates in Primavera P6

You might have seen field to enter Anticipated Start and Anticipated Finish dates in Primavera P6. You will find these fields in the Projects window and WBS window.  So what is their use? These are useful as I will explain below.

Suppose you have not yet added activities in the project and you still want to display bar in the Gantt chart, enter Anticipated dates. It is because you might already know that without having activities there is no bar in the Gantt chart, so by entering Anticipated dates, you can show the bar.

Remember two points about Anticipated dates:

  1. If you entered anticipated dates for a project, the same anticipated dates will show in WBS window, for the project bar.

  2. If in the WBS window you change anticipated dates for the project level, these dates will also change the anticipated dates in the project window.

  3. However, you can add WBS elements and each element can have independent anticipated dates, which will also show their own bar in the Gantt chart

So now you know the advantage of using anticipated dates. The fact that you can show project bar and WBS bar even before adding activities makes is very useful to have the anticipated date fields.

In Primavera P6 application, you will find many toolbars (shown in the picture below). Many a times, these  toolbars change their positions by accidental mouse clicks and drags. Sometimes, they will even disappear  from their place.

Here, I will explain an easy and a two-step method to reset the toolbars to bring them back and to their
original positions.

Step 1: Open 'View' menu

Step 2: Click on 'Reset toolbars'

Now all toolbars are back and in thier original positions.

Also, find out how to lock the toolbars so that they never move or disappear. Find the easy instructions here.

What is the Risk feature in Primavera? The risk feature is simply a risk register where you can enter details about the identified risks.

In the Risks window, you can enter name of the identified risks, their probability of occurrence, impact, activities the risks will effect. You can also enter risk action plan - a plan to do something when the risk occurs. You also can enter risk cause, effects and detailed description of the risk.

Note that the Primavera risk feature expects you to already have identified risks and associated information against each risk such as probability, impact, etc. Once you have done it, now you can use the Risk feature to enter there all the detail.  

You might be wondering why the risk data doesn't effect the schedule. For example, you entered a risk with a probability of 100%. You may expect from Primavera to calculate duration reserve for that activity, labor hour reserve and also incorporate that reserve in the activity. Well, this is not possible in Primavera. However, since Oracle has another software called Primavera Risk Analysis - it is used for this purpose. You import your schedule into this software, enter all the risk data there and the software will calculate and incorporate the result of the risk into the activities.

Remember that any data you enter in the risk window will not effect the schedule in any way. It is just a record for you.

In Primavera software, there are many toolbars (as shown in the image below). Sometimes, these toolbars disappear (by accidental clicks) or move around in the software from their original position (by dragging with mouse). Obviously, this is an issue when the toolbar is not there or it has moved from its place.

I will explain a two-step solution here that will prevent the toolbars to disappear or move from their
positions.

Step 1: Open 'View' menu

Step 2: Click 'Lock All toolbars'

That's it. Now the toolbars will stay where they are.

 







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