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Microsoft Project 2013 Project Schedule Outline

Part of the Project 2013 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Need help organizing and prioritizing a project's schedule in Microsoft Project 2013? This overview shows you the basics of getting started with your project's resources, tasks, and timelines.

  1. Enter the project information, such as the project name and start date.

  2. Develop a work breakdown structure (WBS) to organize your work.

  3. Enter the tasks needed to create the WBS deliverables.

    Don't forget to indicate whether you want manual or auto-scheduled tasks, and the task type.

  4. Link your tasks to show dependencies and create a network diagram.

  5. Enter the resources who will work on your project, their cost/rate and the time they have available.

  6. Estimate the effort or duration for each task.

  7. Assign resources to each task.

  8. Resolve any resource conflicts.

  9. Balance schedule, cost, resource and performance constraints to meet stakeholder expectations.

  10. Baseline your schedule.

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