The aim of project management is to produce the end product that promotes some change for the profit of the organization that induced the project. Project management is the process of planning, controlling of various activities, and initiation to deliver the final product. In this tutorial, we are going to discuss how to create a project plan in ms project, which is one of the best project management tools widely used by the project managers.
What is Microsoft Project?
MS Project is a project management software developed by Microsoft that is designed to assist project managers in assigning resources to tasks, developing a schedule, managing the budget, tracking progress, and analyzing workloads.
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Advantages of MS Project
Here are some of the advantages of using MS project:
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Let’s start with the tutorial. It is always suggested to specify either a finish date or a start date even if you know the deadline for the project. It helps MS project to calculate the other tasks.
Launch MS Project
Create Blank Project - After launching you will be able to list of options. Choose “Blank project”. Set the project’s start date and end date
To set the start date click project information which is under “project tab”. A dialog box will appear to type the required date or you can choose the date from the calendar itself and click ok.
Now set up the calendar. You will be able to see three types of calendars:
Choose “Standard” as your calendar option and click OK
Now add exceptions to the calendar. Exemptions are used to change the calendar for a non-standard workday.
Set up the resource calendar. Similar to the standard base calendar, you can change the working and nonworking time for each resource. You can modify the resource calendar to include training time, vacation time, and flex-time.
Change the working time for each resource - Goto change working time under the Project tab. In the dialog box select the resource for whom you want to change the work schedule.
Create Non-working days - Click on the change working time option which opens the change working time dialog box and selects the resource for whom you want to change the work schedule.
In this tutorial, we have discussed the basic procedure to create a plan in the MS Project. To learn more about MS project check our online course on Project management with MS project.
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