Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
4. Fill in the Project Task information.
You only have to include the information for the Project Task field; the
rest of the fields are optional. Okay, it may be a hassle to fill them in, but
chin up: Like most everything else in life, no pain, no gain.
• Project Task: Name the task with a word or phrase to help you
• Project: Click the drop-down list to associate the task with an
• Milestone: Click the drop-down list to associate the task with an
• Priority: Set a priority level of High, Normal, or Low.
• Task Status: Choose Not Started, In Progress, Completed, Deferred,
or Waiting on Someone Else as the status of the task.
• % Complete: Fill in your best guesstimate of how far along the
project is in its overall progress.
• Assigned To: Select the Office Live user who is supposed to get the
job done. (You might think of this as the Passing the Buck field.)
• Description: Here’s where you can write a mini-novel that includes
all the task details.
• Start Date: The date on which the task is scheduled to begin.
• Due Date: The date on which the task is due.
• Cost: Enter the dollar amount that you are allotting to this task.
• Cost in Days: Enter the number of days that you are allotting to
5. Click OK to save your changes and return to the Project Tasks tab.
Dealing with Project Issues
The best-laid plans of mice and men can often run into obstacles. Someone
gets sick, something else breaks — things happen. It’s one thing to face an
obstacle — it’s another one to let someone know about it and get the
The Project Issues tab contains a list of the issues and concerns that are
keeping you from achieving your goal. Once these are created, management
can view the various issues and deal with them accordingly. For example,
if the project is in jeopardy of being delayed because a vendor has not
provided materials on a timely basis, management can withhold payment to the
vendor — or seek the services of a new vendor.