One of the most important things you can do when working on a project schedule is to work with your team. Without the feedback of your team, you will not have the buy-in you need to identify the tasks, time, resources, and costs associated with the project.
Use the KYS (Keep Your Sanity) Method
Avoid using so many features that Microsoft Project keeps you away from working with your team. Remember, Microsoft Project is a tool to help you, not to manage you.
To create a new project:
- Work with the team to identify the tasks, durations, predecessor/successor links, WBS, critical path, and resource estimates.
- Work with your project sponsors to agree on the plan before you start working on it.
- Remember to save a baseline before you start collecting project updates.
- Use the timeline to communicate important tasks or milestones. Do not add too much detail to the timeline.
- Use existing reports or create new ones.
- Use custom fields and graphical indicators to track key metrics on your project.
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