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PMP vs Primavera

Many people think PMP and Primavera are one and the same thing! I have met several people who think that by taking PMP or Primavera training they will learn same or very similar things. It is not true at all. Primavera is software and PMP is theoretical.

Read on and find out how PMP and Primavera differs from each other, and what they are all about.

Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification

PMP certification is conceptual, theoretical, it is not practical teaching. PMP is all about tools, techniques, methods, inputs and outputs associated with different activities.

PMP guides you how to do a certain thing in a proper way, in a way which is more productive, easier and manageable.

For example, if you want to calculate duration of an activity, PMP teachings will tell you how you can calculate near to accurate duration of the activity. You will be provided with techniques that you can use to calculate the duration. To calculate the duration, PMP gives three techniques: 3-point estimation, analogous estimation and parametric estimation. Using either of these or all of these techniques, you can calculate near to accurate duration of the activity, and you will be saved from guessing the duration, which could be unrealistic and which can affect the entire project badly.

In the same way, PMP gives you techniques to do many other things so that you can do these better, without a problem and so that your work is more productive. These techniques are related to all kinds of work, e.g. techniques to work with product/project quality, scope, time, cost, risk, communication, procurement, HR and stakeholders.

Oracle Primavera 

Primavera is software by Oracle, a US based company. It allows you to record detail of your project work i.e. WBS, activities, resources, costs, etc. Without software you cannot record, compile and organize all detail of the project properly. Furthermore, Primavera re-calculates the project detail i.e. cost, man-hours, duration, etc. every time you make any change, anywhere in the project. This cannot be done in any other software like Excel, Word, etc. 

If you have studied PMP, you can plan your project work in Primavera work more realistically and more properly. For example, you have learnt how to calculate duration of the activity through PMP. Once calculated, you can now enter that in Primavera, and you can do that for all the activities. Similarly, all other techniques, methods you have learnt in PMP, you can now practically implement them in Primavera.

Conclusion

Both PMP and Primavera are different things. However, if you learn them both, you will become expert in project management, not only in concepts but in practice, too.

Nowadays, employers demand that employees should have studied both - Primavera and PMP. Especially, if you are planning to go or are presently in Middle East, you will realize that knowing Primavera and PMP, both, is like a necessity. And if you have studied them both, you can find plenty better job opportunities for you.

This was PMP and Primavera. I hope you found this information useful.

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Primavera Keyboard Shortcuts

Do you use Primavera? Then these Primavera keyboard shortcuts will help you do things faster.

Create a new project          

Ctrl+N

Open a project                  

Ctrl+O

Close an open project

Ctrl+W

Fill-down

Ctrl+E

Level Resources

Shift+F9

Commit changes

F10

Refresh current screen

F5

Undo

Ctrl+Z

Reorganize layout

Shift+F2

Schedule

F9

Find something

Ctrl+F

Find next

F3

Spell Check

F7

Tag: Primavera P6 Keyboard Shortcuts

What is Reflection Project in Primavera P6?

Reflection project is a copy of a project that you can make by right-clicking on a project and selecting 'Create reflection project'. However, this copy of the project is not a normal copy of the project but it has another use, too.

When you create a reflection project, you can open it and make any changes in it. Once you make changes in it, you can merge these changes into the source project (the original project). To merge the changes into the original project, simply right-click on the reflection project and select option 'merge reflection into source project'. 

A reflection project can be useful if you want to carefully make changes in the project and are worried that if the changes are made incorrectly, these may disturb whole your project. So, you create a reflection project and make the required changes in it only. And if you are satisfied with these changes, you can simply just merge those changes into the original project.

This was the Reflection Project feature in Primavera. Hope you found this information useful.

Both, the Primavera PPM and Primavera EPPM are meant to be used in different environments. Although both share most of their functionalities, each of these software applications have their own use. Let's find out when PPM is preferred and when EPPM may be more suitable.

Uses and Benefits of Primavera P6 EPPM

The EPPM is most suitable when:

1. You have casual scheduling needs.

2. You want to manage programs and portfolios of projects, at a larger level.

3. You want access to your projects data online from anywhere

4. You want to have a centralized resource dictionary for use by all schedulers.

5. You want to manage project risks, issues and documents

6. You want to create reporting dashboards.

Uses and Benefits of Primavera P6 PPM

Also known as Primavera Professional, it is a most commonly used Primavera software. It is most suitable in environments when:

1. You want a tool to update, review, create and analyze project data every day.

2. You want to do basic to advanced or complex level scheduling work.

3. You want a fast and efficient scheduling tool.

4. You want to work with projects offline.

5. You want quick conversions between Primavera/Excel/Project

Further readings recommended for you.

1. Functionalities in Primavera PPM, Not Present in EPPM

2. Functionalities in Primavera EPPM, Not Present in PPM







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