Create a Project Schedule with Microsoft Project 2010 - dummies

Create a Project Schedule with Microsoft Project 2010

By Nancy C. Muir

Part of Microsoft Project 2010 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Creating a project schedule is easy with Microsoft Project 2010. Following are some handy steps to help you build a Microsoft Project schedule. After you complete the list, you’re ready to start the project and track any progress on it. You can then report progress to management by using Microsoft Project reports, by simply printing your schedule, or by sharing it on the Web.

  • Enter project information (such as the start date).

  • Set up your work calendar.

  • Create tasks, choosing the scheduling method and task type settings and entering information about durations.

  • Create milestones (tasks with zero duration) in your project.

  • Organize your tasks into phases, using Project’s outline structure.

  • Establish dependencies among tasks, adding constraints if appropriate.

  • Create resources, assigning cost/rate and resource calendar information.

  • Assign resources to tasks.

  • Resolve resource conflicts.

  • Review the total duration and cost of the project, making adjustments if necessary.

  • Set a baseline.