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Managing Attributes and Column Sets


The audience for this information includes customer Planview Administrators and System Owners. The purpose is to provide guidance and document recommended best practices relating to the setup and management of attribute, column, and column set configuration in Planview Enterprise.

The objective is to ensure that the customer’s system has an optimized configuration with information, in the form of attributes, displayed in the application in the best way, avoiding the presentation of information that is not relevant to the customer’s use case of the application.

By adopting and following the recommendations provided, the application can be optimally configured to ensure that:

  • Unused/irrelevant data points (attributes) are not presented to users resulting in confusion and unnecessary complexity.
  • Attributes are not presented in screens where their use is misleading, and the content of these screens is optimized for driving value.
  • When creating a portfolios, the appropriative additional criteria attributes are listed relevant to the customer use case.
  • Each Column set will only contain attributes that are relevant in that screen.
This article applies to Planview Enterprise 11.5 and up, where there are version dependencies these are detailed.


The general term “attribute” was introduced in Planview Enterprise 11.0 and is a term used to describe a data point relating to a Primary Structure. Attributes apply to the following Standard Primary Structures:

  • Work
  • Strategy
  • Outcomes
  • Requests
  • Services
  • Assets
  • Resources
  • Changes, Risks, and Issues
  • Support Tickets
  • Content
  • Expenditures

Attributes can be data items held in the database, for example the WorkID of a project, or they can be calculated based on other attributes – for example the total hours reported to a project through timesheets.

Attributes can be “out-of-the-box” standard attributes included as part of the core application, or RPM attributes delivered as part of a Planview implementation foundation database.  Alternatively, further attributes can be created and managed through the administrative screen the Administrator can create new “custom” attributes.

Each attribute/attribute type can be set up so that it is available for use/display in specific screens in the application or for use in specific functions such as lifecycles. All primary structures have configurable screens where administrators can add an attribute to the page content. Only the first seven primary entities listed above can be configured to display within the columns/column sets framework.



Attributes Column Sets
  • small blue arrow Defining and Managing Attributes

    Advice and recommendations for ensuring the system is optimized and attributes correctly defined harnessing configuration settings that control the behavior of the attribute.