PMBOK Guide 5th Edition and Oracle Primavera P6: A Practical Step by Step Approach for Time Management


By Satya Narayan Dash, PMP, PMI-ACP


  1. Abstract

While Project Management Institutes’ (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) is one of the most used project management guides worldwide, it is entirely theoretical and does not address the practical usage via a practical tool. In fact, it was not meant to be. Nevertheless, with tools like Oracle Primavera P6, the theoretical principles of PMBOK can be practically implemented. This paper talks about the Practical Applicability of Time Management Knowledge Area, one of 10 knowledge areas in PMBOK, with the help of Oracle Primavera P6.

  1. Introduction

In this paper, the major comparisons between PMBOK and Primavera P6 are outlined with focus on Time Management. There are various major constraints defined in PMBOK guide, [v.i.z.] scope, quality, budget, schedule, resources and risk. Here though the primary focus is on Time Management, parts of Scope Management principles from PMBOK have been taken into account to have a detailed understanding.

This paper is based on PMBOK Guide 5th Edition and Oracle Primavera P6 Professional Release 8.4. The conceptual understanding will remain same for earlier versions of Primavera P6, e.g., R8.3 or R8.2.

To have a complete understanding, certain Input, Tools and Techniques and Outputs (ITTO) of other Knowledge Areas (KA), such as Scope Management KA, Human Resource Management KA and Integration Management KA from PMBOK guide, have been used. In some places of the document, PMP and PMBOK Guide have been used interchangeably. In many places, the software tool has been shortened as Primavera P6 or has been plainly referred as Primavera. 

  1. PMBOK Guide 5th Edition

Every Knowledge Area in PMBOK Guide comes with various Process Areas (PA) or processes. Time Management KA in PMBOK comes with 7 Process Areas, which are:


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About the Author 

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Satya Narayan Dash is a management professional with varied experiences as Program Manager, Project Manager and PMO. A certified PMI-PMP since 2008 and a follower of Agile/Scrum/XP practices since 2006, he has coached, mentored, and consulted thousands of Project Management professionals worldwide. He has created new management paradigms such as “Practical PMP with MS Project”, “Practical PMP with Oracle Primavera P6” and “Agile PMP” that are used by multiple vendors worldwide. He has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Jalandhar, India.

Satya is a certified PMP from PMI, a certified Agile Practitioner (PMI-ACP) from PMI, a certified MCTS from Microsoft, a certified CSM from Scrum Alliance, a certified Six Sigma professional from Motorola and also a certified Java professional. His web presence is at http://managementyogi.blogspot.com and can be contacted at email: [email protected].

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