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In Depth Information
A Tisket, a Task Kit
In This Chapter
Creating and importing tasks
Establishing task types and durations
Creating recurring tasks
Defining effort-driven tasks
Setting task constraints
Entering task notes
Saving a project
A project manager is, by necessity, a taskmaster because tasks form the
to-do list of your project. Tasks incorporate the What, When, Who, and
Where information of your plan. Resources work on a project by getting
assigned to tasks. The timing of tasks and the relationships between them
form the schedule for your project. By tracking the activity on tasks, you can
see the progress of your project over time.
You can create tasks in a few different ways: by typing information in the
sheet area of Gantt Chart view (or any other view that displays information in
columns) or by using the Task Information dialog box. You can also import
tasks from Outlook or Excel.
You have to make some choices when you create tasks. For example, you
have to determine and specify settings for a task that control its timing and
its priority, as well as certain constraints regarding how its timing might or
might not shift during the life of your project.
In this chapter, you find out all about tasks and the various settings that give
each task its own, unique personality.
Tackling Your First Task
The first step in creating tasks is to identify the individual action items in your
project. Then you can create each of those steps as individual tasks in Project.