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Chapter 4: Building a task list
Building a task list
IN THIS CHAPTER, YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO
▪ Enter task names, durations, and start and finish values.
▪ Create milestone tasks.
▪ Create summary tasks to outline a task list.
▪ Link tasks to create task dependencies between them.
▪ Convert individual tasks to automatic scheduling, and then change the default to
have new tasks automatically scheduled.
▪ Check a plan’s overall duration and scheduled finish date.
▪ Enter task notes and hyperlinks.
Tasks are the most basic building blocks of any project’s plan. Tasks represent the work to
be done to accomplish the goals of the plan. Tasks describe work in terms of dependencies ,
duration , and resource requirements. In Microsoft Project 2013, there are several kinds of
tasks. These include summary tasks, subtasks, and milestones (all discussed in this chapter).
More broadly, what are called tasks in Project are sometimes more generally called activities
or work packages .
PRACTICE FILES Before you can complete the exercises in this chapter, you need to copy
the book’s practice files to your computer. A complete list of practice files is provided in
“Download the practice files” at the beginning of this topic. For each exercise that has a
practice file, simply browse to where you saved the book’s practice file folder.
IMPORTANT If you are running Project Professional with Project Web App/Project Server, take
care not to save any of the practice files you work with in this topic to Project Web App (PWA). For
more information, see Appendix C, “Collaborating: Project, SharePoint, and PWA.”