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Q1:What is a pivot table and why might I want to use it?
A1: A pivot table in Microsoft Excel presents data in a row and column layout that can be rotated, so columns of data in Project can turn into rows in Excel. Pivot tables are useful for creating different summaries of your data, for viewing different levels of detail, and for orienting data for easier graphing. Refer to the Excel documentation for more information.
Q2:When closing my file I accidentally let the Wizard update the project baseline. Will my variance values now change?
A2: Yes, they probably will. Any changes to baseline values on existing tasks force Project to recalculate other affected fields. Turn that Wizard off (select Don't Tell Me About This Again) after the project is underway, or keep generations of your project files.
Q3:Can I turn on an audit trail in Project to track changes?
A3: No. That's another reason why keeping generations of project files can be so important
Q4:Am I wasting my time using Project if I don't use all of its features, such as Earned Value, or if I don't want to track progress down to each person's hours on each task every day?
A4: Not at all. Project is a superb planning tool. If you use it to help you create and organize your task list, and nothing else, your project should have a better chance of success simply because you thought through the plan more carefully. But you should, at the very least, capture the baseline information for your plan and enter some type of progress information—even if you do that after project completion—so you can reflect on the quality of the plan later. You will be learning from the experiences in this plan and building the starting point for similar projects in the future.


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