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Chapter 5. Creating a Task List > Approaching the Planning Process

Approaching the Planning Process

After securing approval for a concise but comprehensive goal statement that defines the scope of a project, your next major planning function is to draw up a list of activities, or tasks, that must be completed to achieve the project goal.

Microsoft Office Project is a scheduling tool, which addresses only one aspect of the project planning. That planning phase is typically preceded by a project initiation where the scope of the project and its product is defined and refined. Some early stages of the planning process also come before the scheduling itself, such as establishing a project charter, which empowers the project manager to spend some time and budget on achieving the defined scope. As a project manager, you should make sure to have the proper information before creating your schedule, or even your work breakdown structure (WBS).



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