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Why P6-Reporter?

In executing any type of project, whether it’s a turnaround, construction, manufacturing or other project type, they all benefit from access to quick and current reporting in an easy to digest format. This not only improves project reporting but project communication as well, keeping the team up-to-date with project progress and any issues. With access to self-serve dashboard reporting, the user can easily filter to display the exact data they need to focus on. To deliver reporting for your projects, a reporting tool that is quick to deploy and offers a number of standard reports makes roll out easy. The tool should allow you to produce reports easily on spread data as well, which allows you to compare forecasts captured at different points in time. P6-Reporter offers all of this and more.
The P6-Reporter schema is easy to query. It gives access to baseline information, resource information, hours and costs (if the schedule is cost loaded), past snapshot information, spread data, and much, much more. Perhaps you are still wondering ‘Why P6-Reporter?’ Planning to create Power BI reports from scratch via a database connection or Excel uploads to your reporting tool? Keep in mind that there are elements P6 displays on screen that are not stored in the database to allow for easy retrieval. These elements are a calculation carried out at the time of display in P6, the result of which is displayed on the P6 screen. The P6-Reporter tool looks after giving you access to this information. Perhaps one of your dashboard requirements is reporting trends since the last update. P6-Reporter can help you with that too. By using P6-Reporter, you have easy access to portfolio level and project level self-serve dashboards and reports to track your projects and improve project reporting and communication.

Compare snapshot information focusing on the specific information you require, portfolio or project level. You can compare resource profiles snapshot to snapshot with ease. The example below displays the resource snapshot information from the October snapshot of this project portfolio. Within the dashboard, the user can change the specifics of the display to focus on the information they require.

Portfolio level:

The example below displays the resource snapshot information from the November snapshot for this project portfolio.

Side-by-side comparison of milestone types at your fingertips. In the example below, ‘Ready for Production’ milestones, is a direct comparison of the milestones in the October snapshot to the November snapshot. Use the filters to focus on the specifics you require.

Project level reports, additional food for thought:

Comparison to Previous Update – Table Report

Project Critical Path Dashboard

These examples are food for thought. Implement the reports and parameters most useful for monitoring your projects with P6-Reporter and easily make them available to your project team. Keep in mind, your team has access to all snapshot information so comparison reports and revisiting previous timeframe reports is available to improve project decisions.
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About the Author

Mary Lynn Backstrom, PMP, PMI-SP, PMI-BA – Implementation Specialist

Mary Lynn spent many years filling a variety of project controls duties such as planning, scheduling, analyzing, training and continuous improvement in the Aerospace Industry. Since joining Emerald in 2008, she has been a tremendous asset to the Emerald team. She has worked as a lead scheduler for turnarounds, led sessions for review and troubleshooting of scheduling and reporting, created and given custom training courses for clients, and is a sought after Primavera P6 trainer.

Mary Lynn enjoys some very diverse spare time activities. Along with a variety of outdoor activities such as gardening, she also enjoys making life size lawn ornaments for special holidays like Christmas. Mary Lynn is known for her participation in the community as well. You may have seen her walking in fundraisers in Edmonton and Calgary for the Cancer Society.

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