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Chapter 12. Reviewing the Project Plan > Looking at the Big Picture

Looking at the Big Picture

Once you have defined the tasks, assigned the resources involved in the project to their respective tasks, and Project has calculated costs, it is a good time to step back from all the details and look at the overall project. You need to evaluate how successfully the project plan meets the objectives of the project, as stated in the project goal. Microsoft Project offers many tools to make this evaluation easy.

Often, the first draft of a project plan includes costs that exceed budget limits, or the scheduled finish date of the project is later than acceptable. There also might be inconsistencies in the plan. For example, deadlines for individual tasks might not be met. This chapter shows you how to get an overview of your project, identify and shorten the critical path, and identify and reduce costs for the project.


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