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Chapter 5
Getting Your Outline in Line
In This Chapter
Understanding the summary task/subtask structure
Creating a project summary task
Promoting and demoting tasks
Displaying and hiding outline levels
Working with WBS codes
Certain things bring order to the universe: Clocks, stop signs, and
outlines, to name just a few. Whereas clocks bring order to time and stop
signs bring order to rush hour, outlines bring order to information by
imposing a hierarchy. An outline breaks down one idea or topic or category of
information into smaller units with some logical sequence.
Project uses an outline structure to organize tasks in your project, as well as
tools and functionality to help you build, reorganize, and view the outline
structure. Learning how to create an outline is something you did back in
Mrs. Plotkin’s fourth-grade English class, and now, showing you how to use
an outline to organize the many tasks in your project is my job. Welcome to
Outlining 101.
Summary Tasks and Subtasks
When you take a look at a project outline, such as the one shown in Figure
5-1, you see that it organizes tasks into levels; each level represents a phase
of your project. A task that has other tasks indented below it in this outline
structure is a parent task, or summary task. The tasks indented below it are
child tasks, or subtasks. Summary tasks are indicated in bold in your Project
outline. You can tell when a summary task has a family of subtasks clinging to
its skirts: When a subtask is hidden, a little plus-sign symbol is displayed next
to its summary task. When you click the plus sign, the task expands to show
its whole clan of subtasks.
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