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Primavera P6 Project Management Refrence Manual

Primavera P6 Project Management Refrence Manual


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Resource/cost distribution curves enable you to specify how you want
resource units or costs spread over the duration of an activity. Resource
units and costs are distributed evenly during an activity unless you
specify nonlinear distribution using curves. The Resource Usage Profile
and Resource Usage Spreadsheet reflect resource curves. Resource
curves are not used when leveling.

If some of your activities
require unique future
period allocations because
planned work cannot be
accurately distributed
using custom resource
curves, you can manually
enter future period planned
and remaining units values
for assignments in the
Resource Usage
Spreadsheet (Resource
Assignments and Activities
windows). Refer to
“Manually Planning Future
Period Assignments” on
page 235 for more

The module contains a set of pre-defined resource curves you can assign
to resource/role assignments. When the pre-defined resources curves do
not accurately capture how units should be spread for some of your
project’s activities, you can create global custom resource curves. If
many activities require resource/role units to be spread using the same
distribution curve, you can define the custom curve and assign it to the
necessary resource/role assignments.

If timesheet data exists for the actuals, curves are ignored for the actuals
and are spread using the timesheet data. Activities with timesheet data
continue to spread the remaining units using the curve. To use curves to
calculate the Actual Units/Cost and EV Units/Costs, mark the
Recalculate Actual Units and Costs when duration % complete changes
checkbox in the Calculations tab in Project Details.

Resource curves do not support expenses. The Accrual
Type field will continue to spread the expenses.

For instructions on
assigning resource curves
to resource and role
assignments, see
“Assigning Resource
Curves to Resource or Role
Assignments” on page 234.

Add a custom resource curve Choose Enterprise, Resource
Curves. Click Add. Select an existing curve from which to copy the
curve value percentages, then click Select. Type a name for the new
resource curve.

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Click Modify to define the curve’s distribution. Edit the curve value
percentages to create a curve that indicates how your costs/units should
distribute over time. Curves are defined by 21 points (at 5% intervals
from 0 to 100). Click Prorate to make the total of the distribution values
equal to 100% while maintaining the shape you specified. Click OK,
then Close.

You can type
up to 60
characters for
the new
resource curve

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Resource lag is taken into consideration. The curve should
begin on the “lagged” start date.

Delete a custom resource curve Choose Enterprise, Resource
Curves. Select the global curve you want to delete. Click Delete, then
click Yes.

You cannot delete the default curves. If you delete a
resource curve assigned to a resource or role assignment,
the curve is removed from the assignment, and earned
value for those assignments is recalculated.


A work breakdown structure (WBS) is a

hierarchical arrangement of the products and

services produced during and by a project.

The project is the highest level of the WBS

while an individual activity required to

create a product or service is the lowest level.

Each project in the enterprise project

structure (EPS) has its own WBS.

When creating a project, the project manager

typically develops the WBS first, assigns

work products and documents to each WBS

element, and then defines activities for

performing the element’s work. Specific

earned value calculations can be specified

for each WBS element, along with an

organizational breakdown structure (OBS)

element responsible for all work included in

the WBS element.

Read this chapter to learn how to set up and

implement a WBS.

In this chapter:

The Enterprise WBS

Viewing a WBS

Grouping by WBS Path

Adding WBS Elements and
Assigning Properties

Using WBS Milestones

Assigning WBS Category Values

Defining Earned Value Settings
for Specific WBS Elements

Assigning Estimation Weights to
WBS Elements

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