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Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore

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Chapter 10. Does the Schedule Work?

After sequencing tasks and assigning resources, you finally have a project schedule (and a feeling of accomplishment). Like subtle errors in a crossword puzzle, your Microsoft Project schedule can look okay even though mistakes are lurking under the surface. Until you've made sure that all elements of your project are based in reality—like task duration, dependencies, and resource assignments—your project's finish date, cost, and schedule remain in question.

In addition to the inherent inaccuracy of your work and duration estimates, schedules pick up imperfections in several ways. Take tasks, for example. If you forget a link between two tasks, or your mouse snags the wrong task for a dependency, the task sequence doesn't reflect the real relationships between tasks. In turn, these missing or incorrect task dependencies affect when tasks begin and end. Task constraints tell Project when to schedule tasks, for example, as soon as possible or no earlier than a specific date. But if those constraints are wrong—or you accidentally create constraints you don't need, the schedule is both incorrect and less flexible. This chapter tells you how to find and correct task dependencies and inadvertent constraints.

Resource assignments are another weak link. It's crucial to schedule around the availability of people or equipment, but you may have forgotten to tell Project about these schedule idiosyncrasies. In this chapter, you'll learn how to use Project calendars ...

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