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Unformatted text preview: e example project we have used an extremely simple task-naming convention by just assigning numbers to the tasks within a work package; you will recall that all of the work packages have a task named "1." This is acceptable since the Modern Project toolset supports naming tasks with alphabetical names and distinguishing tasks with the same name as being different so long as they are in different work packages. To get around this limitation in Microsoft Project and other task-oriented scheduling systems, one must name tasks a little differently. For instance, instead of simply naming a task "Pour concrete," we could name it "Pour footing concrete" or "Pour retaining wall concrete." This keeps the names unique and allows Microsoft Project to distinguish one task from another. Our naming convention for the example project will be to name tasks (for the purpose of entering them into Microsoft Project) as "Siteprep 1" or "Concrete 2," and so on. This allows Microsoft Project to distinguish all the tasks named "1" or "2" or "3" from one another. It also makes it easy to write a program that automatically loads the schedule dates that Microsoft Project computes into a Modern Project database. Consequently, if you use the Modern Project toolset on a real project and want to automatically transfer schedule dates from Microsoft Project to Modern Project, you must use the convention of naming the tasks within a work package with an (integer) number and then combining the work package name and the numeric task name to create its "Microsoft Project task name." 7.1.2— Task Sequencing To use Microsoft Project to sequence the tasks in the example project, we must now enter these tasks (named in accordance Page 170 with the convention explained in the previous section) into Project. To do this you must first execute Project. When you start Project, a Welcome window may appear. If it does, you first need to terminate it by clicking on the "cross" symbol at the upper right corner of the Welcome window. Next, click on the File option of the Standard menu at the top of the Project window, and then select (click on) the New option to create a new project file . When you create a new project file, Project presents you with a new project window that allows you to either enter the start date for the project or the finish date, but not both. It is not recommended that a finish date be entered. The start date you should enter in the Start date box is 01/07/00, which is the start date of the example project. There are some other boxes where additional information can be entered, but for the example project we will be using the default values Project provides. Click on the OK control button on the right side of the new project window. By default, an empty project file appears after you have entered the start date. Your computer screen should now look like Figure 7-1. If it does not,...
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This note was uploaded on 01/11/2011 for the course ACC 9 taught by Professor Yeetan during the Spring '10 term at Sunway University College.
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