Microsoft Project 2010 Feature Rally: Team Planner

There are the two features in Project 2010 that leap out at me as game changers: manual scheduling and the Team Planner.

As Bonnie Biafore explains, manual scheduling allows the user to create and schedule tasks and resources without the interference of Microsoft Project’s scheduling engine. This means that Project won’t be second guessing the starting and ending dates when you enter a task or move a task to a different date.

The Team Planner works with manual scheduling by allowing you to assign tasks to a resource in a timeline and relate that work to the work conducted by other resources. Work is assigned and move by clicking and dragging to the spot in the plan when you’d like it accomplished. There’s even a button that prevents overallocating resources!

The Team Planner is the resource driven tool for scheduling tasks in Project Professional (not Standard).

Microsoft Project 2010 Feature Rally: Team Planner

The Gantt Chart is the task-driven tool that allows the scheduling of resources.

Microsoft Project 2010 Feature Rally: Team Planner

Now you can schedule work YOUR way!


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Written by Sam Huffman

Sam Huffman first gained insight into Microsoft Project while working as a member of the MS Project development and support team. He has maintained his depth of knowledge of MS Project with each release and is a leading authority in the use and features of MS Project, Project Server and Project Online. Since the early 1990’s Sam has honed his instruction skills by delivering training programs to thousands every year. Sam is a frequent content contributor to the Microsoft Project User Group (MPUG) and speaks to groups often about MS Project, Enterprise Project Management and the discipline of Project Management. He was awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional from 2010-2017. Check out his blog on MS Project.

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