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Hour 4. Starting the Scheduling Process > Estimating Task Duration

Estimating Task Duration

When scheduling tasks, Microsoft Project needs to know how long each task will take to complete. In other words, Project needs to know how much time should be allowed between the start and finish dates for the task. You supply an estimate of that time in the task Duration field.

The term duration is used to refer to the amount of working time it will take to finish a task. Duration can be measured in minutes, hours, days, weeks, or months, and it always means the amount of time during which work on a task actually takes place. Duration units, such as "day" and "week," mean the amount of work done in a day or a week. Project places a default value of 1 day in the Duration field for each new task, but that means a working day, usually 8 hours, not the 24 hours defined in the dictionary. This is a tentative duration estimate that you will replace with your own duration estimate.


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