Chapter Twelve Review


Chapter Twelve Review

Lesson Summary

Creating Links Between Projects

To Create Links Between Projects: Open the two project files you want to create a link between. Select the task that you want to designate as the successor in the task relationship. Click the Task Information button on the Standard toolbar, and then click the Predecessors tab. Click the ID field and type the project name that contains the predecessor task, a backslash, and then the ID number of the predecessor task (for example, Project Personal Trainer Book\5). Click OK.

Consolidating Projects

To Consolidate Projects: Open the projects that you would like to consolidate. Select Window OK.

Viewing Multiple Project Critical Paths

You must create a consolidated project before you can view multiple critical paths.

To View Multiple Project Critical Paths: Open a consolidated project file, select Tools Calculation tab. Check the Calculate multiple critical paths checkbox and click OK. Select View Detail Gantt view, and then click Apply.

Viewing Consolidated Project Statistics

To View Inserted Project Information: Open a consolidated project file, and then select the summary task for the inserted project. Click the Task Information button and click the Advanced tab. To see additional information, click the Project Info button and then the Statistics button.

Creating a Resource Pool

To Create a Resource Pool for Multiple Projects: Open the project(s) with the resources you want to share in the resource pool. Create a new project file and save the file as "Resource Pool". Select the project file with the resources that you want to share in the resource pool, and select Tools Use Resources option. Click the From list arrow and select the Resource Pool, and then click OK. Repeat to add additional resources to the Resource Pool.

Quiz

  1. To organize open project files on your screen, select Window ____.

  2. Order All

  3. View All

  4. Organize All

  5. Arrange All

  • Light-gray tasks that are linked across projects are called ____ tasks.

    1. ghost

    2. zombie

    3. ghoul

    4. spooky

  • A resource pool project file has tasks in it. (True or False?)

  • After you insert projects into a consolidated file, you can still access each of the projects separately. (True or False?)

  • In which tab of the Options dialog box can you change multiple critical path options?

    1. Tab key

    2. General tab

    3. Calculation tab

    4. Edit tab

  • Homework

    1. Start Microsoft Project 2003.

    2. Navigate to your Practice folder and open the Homework 12A and Homework 12B project files.

    3. Arrange the two projects you have open on your screen.

    4. Link task #13, "Sell lemon bars at stand," in Homework 12B to a predecessor task, task #15, "Dye the dog lemon yellow," in Homework 12A.

    5. Create a resource pool between Homework 12A and Homework 12B.

    6. Create a new consolidated project with Homework 12A and Homework 12B.

    7. View all of the multiple critical paths in your new "Lemonade" consolidated project.

    8. Close the project files without saving any changes.

    Quiz Answers

    1. D. To organize open project files on your screen, select Window Arrange All.

    2. False. A resource pool project file only has resources in it.

    3. True. After you insert projects into a consolidated file, you can still access each project separately.

    4. C. The Calculation tab of the Options dialog box is where you can change multiple critical path options.