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Unformatted text preview: Week 2: Project Scope and Schedule - iLab As the Project Manager for ACME Landscaping & Construction you are moving through your project. Last week, you entered your tasks, this week you are going to schedule the tasks, and next week, you will assign the tasks. But, let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet! Below is a project timeline for the 7 weeks. Notice we will concentrate on the tasks for week 2. View Transcript Here Week 2 Lab Overview Welcome back to the iLab – glad to see you came back for some more MS Project work! OK, let’s get going. We start our ilab this week by using the results of week 1’s iLab. You should make sure to use the posted starting file for week 2 which you will find in Doc Sharing. Once you have it open in MS Project, you will spend this week working on adding the durations to the tasks and then linking them to each other (predecessors). Before we start entering values into our project, let’s discuss what we are doing and why we are doing it. Last week we simply entered our task outline, so what we have is not considered a schedule yet, just an organized task list. We need to now schedule the project. The way we schedule is that we put estimated durations (time) on tasks. This tells MS Project (and the project team too!) how long each task will take. MS Project calculates the durations based on the settings we applied in week 1 and generates a timeline automatically. At this point in the scheduling process, the tasks all have the same start date (1/3/06), so the project duration is only as long as the longest task. We know that project tasks all do not run concurrently (at the same time), so we have to give them an order. This is where the predecessors come into play. In MS Project, we use the predecessor column to enter the IDs of tasks that are required to complete before other tasks can start. There are different types of algorithms that MS Project can calculate, such as: • Finish to Start- A Finish-to-Start dependency means that the second task cannot start until the first task has finished. • Start to Finish- A Start-to-Finish dependency is the opposite in that the second task cannot finish until the first task starts. • Start to Start- Start-to-Start means that the second task cannot start until the first task starts....
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2011 for the course MGMT 404 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '10 term at DeVry Arlington.
- Spring '10
- Project Management