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Primavera P6 Training: Video vs. Instructor Led. Which is Better?

Question: Which is better?

Answer: It depends. It really is driven by your organizational needs and even more importantly, your staff (and how they learn software best).

Different training approaches each have pros and cons. Read on for an in-depth look at the pros and cons of classroom training vs. online training, with a focus on the areas of:

  • Student interaction
  • Convenience
  • Student questions
Student Interaction

For many learners, the #1 priority is speaking directly to the instructor, as more than half of all communication includes nonverbal cues. These include things like tone, body language, etc. Non-verbal communication / cues are more effective in physical classrooms as well as live, online events, such as classes and webinars.

Video learning is very popular because it is self-paced. With videos, learners can access the most relevant data to their jobs immediately and replay videos as needed.

Advantage: Instructor-led Training

Convenience & Cost

With recorded videos and other self-paced delivery methods, learners can access pre-recorded content at any time. The cost of training is typically lower.

Live training, whether online or in person, typically follows a specific schedule and requires students to be present at a given time.

Advantage: Video Training

Have a Question in Class?

This is an easy one. Live training (in-person or virtual) also allows students to ask questions and have their instructor present the concept a different way to help them grasp it. Example: All of the content has been covered but you now have a question about your project schedule or you need an explanation regarding the scheduling requirements from your customer? You need an instructor.

Advantage: Instructor-led Training

What are the diffences between Primavera P6 version 18 and the latest release?

P6 Professional version 18.8.2

Improved Instructions for Adding External Applications to the Tools Menu.

P6 Professional version 18.8.3

Improved Integration with Oracle Prime Projects for Scope and Work Packages.
When you are connected to an EPPM database, you can view Scope % Complete, Work Package ID and Work Package Name as columns in the Activities page. The Percent Complete Type for an activity in P6 Professional is Scope when the activity is integrated with Oracle Prime Projects for Scope integration.

P6 Professional version 18.8.3

Integration With Contract Management Not Supported.
Integration between P6 Client and Contract Management is no longer supported.

P6 Professional version 18.8.4
High Level Planning Has Been Removed.
The functionality to allow resource assignments at WBS and Project level to perform high-level resource planning has been removed from P6 Professional.

P6 Professional version 19.1

P6 Professional Updates and Enhancements
P6 Professional has been updated to enhance your experience.

P6 Professional version 19.2

P6 Professional Updates and Enhancements
P6 Professional has been updated to enhance your experience.

P6 Professional version 19.3

P6 Professional Updates and Enhancements
P6 Professional has been updated to enhance your experience.

P6 Professional version 19.5

Check In and Check Out to XML
Checking in and checking out projects uses Primavera XML format.

P6 Professional version 19.5

Prime Lean Task Integration With P6 Professional.
Imported tasks from the Oracle Prime Projects Tasks app are visible in P6 Professional as tasks assigned to activities in integrated projects. You can see the imported tasks on the Tasks tab in P6 Professional. You can see key data from Oracle Prime Projects about lean tasks in the Tasks detail window in P6 Professional. You can also add columns to your Activities views to see high level information about these tasks.

P6 Professional version 19.5

Control the Export of Project Data
You can use the Export Project Data privilege to allow only certain users to export projects or download data to Excel.

P6 Professional version 19.6

Prime Rebranding
Oracle Prime Projects has been renamed Oracle Primavera Cloud. References to this application have been updated in P6 Professional.

P6 Professional version 19.7

Improvements to Stored Images Functionality
Multiple images can be uploaded at the same time.

P6 Professional version 19.7

Project Code Maximum Length Changed
The maximum length for Project Codes in PPM databases is 60 characters.

P6 Professional version 19.8

Scheduling and Leveling Options Can Be Exported to and Imported From Primavera XML.
When you export projects to Primavera XML format, scheduling and leveling options are included. When importing the Primavera XML file, you can choose whether to import with the Update Existing or Keep Existing import actions against the scheduling and leveling options.

P6 Professional version 19.8

Data Date Default for Apply Actuals Changed.
The default value for the data date to use when applying actuals has changed. The default is that all projects use their own new data date.

P6 Professional version 19.8

Update Baselines When Importing Primavera XML Files.
EPPM Only: You can choose to update baselines when importing a project from a Primavera XML file. When you select the Update Existing import action at the project level, matching baselines you import will be updated from the import file. Baselines you choose to import but which do not have a match in your database against the project you selected to update will be added to the project.

P6 Professional version 19.9

Allow or Restrict Access to Resources From Multiple Parent Resources.
You can select up to five resources when defining which resources a user can access. The user can access and use the selected resources and all child resources of the selected resources.

P6 Professional version 19.9

Update Baselines When Importing Primavera XML Files.
Standalone and PPMDB: You can choose to update baselines when importing a project from a Primavera XML file. When you select the Update Existing import action at the project level, matching baselines you import will be updated from the import file. Baselines you choose to import but which do not have a match in your database against the project you selected to update will be added to the project.

How to use Claim Digger to compare P6 files?

Claim Digger Overview

Today we will spend a little time discussing the features and functionality of the Claim Digger utility built into the P6 software application. Claim Digger is its own separate product that has been built in to P6 and is used to compares two project plans or a revised project and a baseline (target), and creates a report on the differences between the project plans including subjects like:

  • Items changed
  • Items deleted
  • Durations changed
  • Changed Values

The main features of Claim Digger include:

  • Multiple reporting formats- HTML, CSV, Text
  • Selects a base project and revised project to compare
  • Report comparison options can be turned on and off as needed


The Easy Steps to Use Claim Digger

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Step 1: Go to tools menu and open Claim Digger

Step 2: After Claim Digger is launched, the main application window appears

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Step 3: Specify which projects you would like to compare.

  • On the left side select therevised project
  • On the right side select theoriginal project baseline

 Step 4: Choose a report format

  • HTML file
  • CSV file
  • ASCII text file

Step 5:  Select report type and report path

Step 6:  Click the advanced button to pull up the advanced settings where you can specify what data to compare including: overall project data and activity level data

Note: You can configure what factors to compare including:

  • Costs
  • Units
  • Durations
  • Percent complete
  • Relationships

Step 7:  Click compare to generate the project difference report and view the preview

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Step 8:  The project difference report outlines what projects are being compared, the user who initiated, and shows the activities that have had a value change

Step 9: After you have reviewed the data, go to file and close down the Claim Digger dialog box.

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