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Learn best practices for adding tasks to a project.
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Add Tasks to the Project
When you are building a project, it is a good idea to focus on the particular topic at hand. For example, if you are adding tasks to the project, just add the tasks. In most cases, you will be in meetings where you ask your team to tell you what tasks to add to your project. If the team starts telling you task names, durations, resources, and other estimates, you can get lost in the minutia and forget important tasks.
Follow these steps when adding tasks to a project:
- Focus on creating the tasks themselves. Worry about the durations, predecessors, resources, and other details after you get the basic list in place.
- Whenever you can, have the tasks follow a waterfall approach so the tasks go from top to bottom with the tasks you start with first, to the tasks you do to complete the project.
- Avoid using long task names.
- Start a task name with a verb.
- Only capitalize the first letter in a task name, rather than capitalizing each word. You will find it is much easier to read when you only capitalize the first word.
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