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Part II: Developing the Timeline > Turning the Task List into a Schedule

Hour 4. Turning the Task List into a Schedule

In Hour 3, "Starting a New Project and Working with Tasks," you put together the list of tasks that need to be completed in your project, but that list is not a workable schedule until you attach realistic dates showing when work on each task is expected to start and finish. Microsoft Project automatically calculates default start and finish dates when you first enter tasks (see Figure 4.1), but that schedule calls for everything to start at once, like horses racing out of the starting gate. You have to give Microsoft Project instructions for calculating a more meaningful schedule, and that's what this Hour is all about.

Figure 4.1. In the initial task list, the tasks are lined up at the start date and ready to race off to the finish line all at once.



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