Defining Roles and Resources in Primavera P6 Release 8

Resource Management in Primavera P6 Release 8

Primavera P6 Release 8Primavera P6 Release 8, an enterprise project portfolio management application, has many features that are advantageous to organizations. One of the main features that makes it the premier project management application is its resource functionality. Effective resource management is one of the main reasons why projects are not completed on time or within budget.

The process of resource management in Primavera P6 Release 8 is started by assigning roles and resources. Both roles and resources describe the enterprise data of a project and are defined by the application administrator. A resource is a person that has the skill set needed to complete certain tasks that the organization requires. These tasks are called roles, which cover the steps needed to complete an activity in a project. Each resource can be assigned more than one role, but only one primary role. A resource’s primary role is their core skill or responsibility in the organization.

There are three types of resources that are used in Primavera P6 Release 8. The labor resources are the people needed to complete an activity within the project. For instance, a labor resource is a project manager, architect, carpenter, or welder. These resources are can be reused throughout the project and can have more than one role. In Primavera P6 Release 8, the cost of these resources are measured in units of time.

The next type of resource in Primavera P6 Release 8 is nonlabor or equipment. Nonlabor resources can be any piece of equipment that aids in the completion of an activity. These resources are reusable and can range from dump trucks to deep sea drilling tools and other heavy machinery. Nonlabor resources are also measured in units of time.

The final type of resource in Primavera P6 Release 8 is a material resource. Material resources are the consumables needed to complete a project. A material resource can be the concrete needed to build a foundation, the metal beams that hold up a house or the electric wiring that run through a building. Material resources are not reusable and are usually defined in terms other than time, such as total amount consumed.

Accessing the resource management features in Primavera P6 Release 8 can be done under the administration tab. The resource management page is divided into 4 tabs, resources, resource teams, roles, and role teams. This page is used to view and change information about resources and roles, and set resource teams and role teams.

To access resources in Primavera P6 Release 8, the user must navigate to the resources tab. Once on the tab, the users will be able to view the resource data, which is grouped by the department resource code. Click on the department code to expand all the resources used in the department.  Once a resource is selected, the details window in Primavera P6 Release 8 is where all the information regarding roles and resources are viewed and edited.

Mid-State Solutions, an Oracle Primavera P6 Release 8 specialized partner, has offices in Celebration, FL, Houston, TX, New Orleans, LA and Seattle, WA. MSS, Inc. is a full-service project management solution provider, have been implementing sound project management solutions for leading corporations throughout the nation since 1985.

Their services include:

Discovery – helping clients understand what they need

Installation – getting the software installed

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Training – teaching users how to use the software

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For more information on how MSS, Inc. can help your company achieve Project Management success through Discovery, Installation, Implementation, Training, and Support.


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