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Primavera P6 Birds on a Wire Chart

Learn how to build a birds on a wire timeline using summary tasks and milestones from Primavera P6.

OnePager builds birds-on-a-wire timeline charts from Primavera P6, like this:

Birds on a Wire chart created from Primavera P6.

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If you don't already have OnePager, click the button above to download a free trial. Then, follow these instructions to see how easy it is:

  1. Start by opening your schedule in Primavera P6:

    Primavera P6 schedule with milestones on a WBS

    Here, we'll use the Finish Milestones as the birds, which will sit on top of wires that are tied to the WBS. If you have established WBS Summaries in your P6 schedule, you could use those instead of the actual WBS.

  2. This example P6 project is very simple, so we'll plan to include all activities in our birds on a wire chart. However, if you have a larger P6 schedule, you can add a user defined field called OnePager and place a Yes next to any Finish Milestones and WBS Summaries that you want to include.

    To add a user-defined field to Primavera P6, go to Enterprise > User Defined Fields and click the Add button to add a new user-defined field called OnePager.

  3. Now, we want to export the P6 schedule to either XML or XER format, both of which can be imported by OnePager. Go to File > Export and follow the prompts to export the project:

    Export multiple Primavera P6 projects to an XML or XER file.

  4. Next, go to your desktop or Windows Start menu, and launch OnePager:

    Launch OnePager from your desktop.

  5. When the OnePager start screen appears, click on New to start building a new birds on a wire chart from Primavera P6:

    OnePager start screen.

  6. When the import wizard appears, choose Select > BROWSE Primavera P6 Files:

    Browse Primavera P6 XML or XER projects for import into OnePager.

  7. The import wizard will confirm the project from Primavera P6 that you are about to import, which in this case is an XML file. We also want to select OnePager's template that is specifically-designed to create birds on a wire charts from P6. To do this, go to Change > BROWSE and select the template called Birds on a Wire Chart for Primavera:

    Select the birds on a wire template for Primavera P6.

  8. Again, our example project is simple, so we're opting to import all activities and WBS levels from the P6 project into OnePager, but if you did set up a user-defined field in step #2, this is where you'd select it as your import filter:

    Decide which activities and WBS objects to import from Primavera P6.

  9. Click Create New Chart, and OnePager will import the milestones and WBS from Primavera P6, and create a birds-on-a-wire timeline like this:

    Birds on a wire chart created from a Primavera P6 project.

For each level of the WBS, OnePager automatically places the milestones on top of their summary tasks to create the standard birds-on-a-wire layout so that you don't have to drag and drop the milestones in your chart by hand. OnePager goes a step further by automatically color-coding each level of the WBS differently so that each phase gets its own color.

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