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Three Questions to Ask Before Entering Data in Microsoft Project

Microsoft® Project for Windows has been available for nearly 30 years. Users still think that it’s like Excel and begin entering data immediately after opening a new file. This action is allowed in Project but I don’t recommend it as a standard practice. Here are three questions you should answer before entering data, and why getting the answer is so important:

  1. Do you know the project start date? If not, entering a date earlier will either generate error messages or skew the date calculations.
  2. Is your project calendar up to date? Using incorrect calendar dates may show erroneous schedule, work and cost distribution information in the project. It’s vital to understand cash flow!
  3. Do you understand the hierarchy of calendars? In your project, which calendar will win in a conflict? Not knowing the answer may affect work and cost distribution.

These and other set up questions are discussed in depth in my latest webinar session “Microsoft® Project Do’s and Don’ts: Set Up for Success” now available on-demand.

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