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Figure 5-2:
highestlevel task in
the outline
with all
below it is
the project
If you’re confused about the length of your summary task, remember that the
summary task duration is the difference between the earliest task start date
and latest task end date. However, nonworking days aren’t counted in the
summary task duration. The length of the summary task, therefore, equals
the number of days of work over the course of the subtasks, not the number
of calendar days between the start of the first task and end of the last.
Not everyone uses project summary tasks. You can simply create, at the
highest level of your outline, tasks that represent major project phases — with
subphases and subtasks below them — and not create one task that’s higher
in the order than all others. However, my advice is to always have a project
summary task, for two reasons:
You can quickly view totals for the project at a glance in the columns
of data in Gantt Chart view and other views.
You can place a link to your project summary task in another project so
that all data for one project is reflected in another. For example, if you
create five schedules for new product launches in your company, you can
easily create a master schedule for all company product launches by
linking to the project summary tasks in each of the projects. (Neat, huh?)
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