How to Create a Project Plan in Microsoft Office Project 2007

By Nancy C. Muir

Part of Microsoft Office Project 2007 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You can use the Project Guide in Microsoft Office Project 2007 to walk you through building a project. However, if you prefer to do things yourself, follow this handy checklist to help you build a Project schedule:

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

  • Set up your work calendar.

  • Create tasks, entering information about durations.

  • Create milestones (tasks of 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.

After you complete these tasks, you’re ready to start the project, track its progress, and report that progress to management by using Project Reports or by simply printing your schedule or sharing it on the Web.