Creating a new project file in Microsoft Project is not as clear-cut as creating a new document in Microsoft Word or a new workbook in Microsoft Excel. There are a number of housekeeping jobs that need to be done before you even contemplate entering tasks and resources into a project file.
Basic things to remember before you start using Microsoft Project
Before you create a new project file in Microsoft Project you should have a good understanding of what your project is about. For example, you will need to have established basic information such as when you want your project to start and when you want your project to finish so that Microsoft Project can help you schedule critical tasks.
You will also need to specify some basic definitions and assumptions such as the duration of a standard working day, the public holidays or other non-working periods during the anticipated project period, the normal working times of the resources required for the project, and any anomalies in working time that specific resources may have that differ to the standard working times.
Once all of these things are clear in your head, you can start a new project file and enter this information so that Microsoft Project will be set up to work through your project the way that you want.
The Basics Steps For Creating A New Microsoft Project File :
Generally, creating a new project requires these steps:
Determine an understanding of your project as detailed above
Create a new project file in Microsoft Project
Set your own working times in the project file (or use the defaults)
Adjust the standard resource calendars in accordance with the working times of the resources
Enter project information that will be used in report headers and that will also determine the way in which the project will be tracked by Microsoft Project.
It doesn’t matter in which order you tackle the steps involved in creating a new project. You can actually change these settings after you have started a project. However, changing assumptions midway through a project is sometimes the source of much anguish and grief. You are better advised therefore to get all of your assumptions and settings defined before you start scheduling tasks in your project.