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Chapter 1. The Power of Microsoft Projec... > Project Management Scheduling Techni...

Project Management Scheduling Techniques

The methods used by project management software to schedule dates and times for tasks (and the resources assigned to them) are ingenious. You will need to understand the general concepts if you are to use Microsoft Project effectively. However, you don't need to master the details of how calculations are made. Although the applications of these methods are reviewed as needed in upcoming chapters, gaining an overview can be useful before you get into the details of planning and coordinating a project.

You Must Provide the Raw Data

You must provide accurate task information in order for Microsoft Project to calculate a schedule for a project. This usually requires a lot of guesswork, but without it, Project won't be as helpful to you. The less time you take in putting together reasonable task information, the less likely the computer projections will be reasonable. Start entering the data by following these steps:


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