IN THIS CHAPTER
Opening a Project file
Looking at Project calendars
Saving Project files
Now that you have some project management concepts under your belt and you've taken a stroll around Project's environment, you are ready to create your first schedule. Before you type any information into a Project schedule, however, you should first assemble the relevant information about your project. Then you can open a new Project file and begin to build your project tasks by using a simple outline structure.
In this chapter, you begin of build your first Project schedule and find out how to save your project. At the end of the chapter, you read about how to take advantage of Project's various Help features.
As you read in Chapter 1, several elements mast be in place before you can begin to build a project schedule. First, you must understand the overall goal and scope of the project so that you can clearly see the steps that lie between you and that goal. You'll find delineating the major steps of the project a good place to start. Don't worry about the order of the tasks at this point—just brainstorm all the major areas of activity. Suppose that you've been given the project of organizing an annual meeting for your company. You may take the following steps:
Book the meeting space
Arrange for audiovisual equipment
Send out invitations
Mail out annual reports ...