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Hour 5. Defining When Project Can Schedu... > Elements of Project Scheduling

Elements of Project Scheduling

Project is a scheduling tool. It makes sense that there are a number of factors that can influence the scheduling of a task—just as in real life. Before introducing new Project features, let's summarize the underlying scheduling elements; some have already been discussed in earlier hours, several are covered in this hour, and one will be postponed until a later hour.

  • The overall project must have a fixed start or fixed finish date (choose Project, Project Information).

  • Project needs to know what work values your company uses to define working hours per day, working hours per week, and working days per month (choose Tools, Options, Calendar).

  • Knowing that Project schedules and tracks tasks to the minute, you can enter start and finish dates at that level of detail. But if you don't want to get that specific, Project needs to know what to assume for you as task start or finish times (choose Tools, Options, Calendar).

  • After the defaults have been set, a company calendar identifying work days and days the office is closed needs to be considered or created. See the section in this hour titled "Defining Work Days on the Standard Calendar."

  • On the company calendar, for days when work can be performed, you set actual times during the day when Project can schedule activity. See the section in this hour titled "Setting Working Time in the Standard Calendar."

  • Tasks with unique scheduling requirements—exceptions to the normal company calendar—need to be assigned to calendars all their own. See the section in this hour titled "Creating and Applying Base Calendars for Special Scheduling Needs."

  • The last calendar type to effect scheduling is the working time availability for each resource (see Hour 11, "Defining Resources and Costs" ).


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