A spreadsheet-like presentation of project data, organized in vertical columns and horizontal rows. Each column represents one of the many fields in Project, and each row represents a single task or resource. In a usage view, additional rows represent assignments.


A project activity that has a starting and finishing point. A task is the basic building block of a project.

task calendar

The base calendar that is used by a single task. A task calendar defines working and nonworking times for a task, regardless of settings in the project calendar.

task ID

A unique number that Project assigns to each task in a project. In the Entry table, the task ID appears in the far left column.

task priority

A numeric ranking between 0 and 1000 of a task’s importance and appropriateness for leveling. Tasks with the lowest priority are delayed or split first. The default value is 500.

task type

A setting applied to a task that determines how Project schedules the task, based on which of the three scheduling formula values is fixed. The three task types are fixed units, fixed duration, and fixed work.


An earned value indicator; the acronym stands for To Complete Performance Index. In earned value analysis, this is the ratio of remaining work to remaining budget, as of the status date (TCPI = [BAC – BCWP] / [BAC – ACWP]).


A Project file format that enables you to reuse existing project plans as the basis for new project plans. Project includes several templates that relate to a variety of industries, and you can create your own templates.


The scheduled durations of individual tasks and the overall project. Time is one side of the project triangle model.

timephased field

The task, resource, or assignment values that are distributed over time. The values of timephased fields appear in the timescale grid on the right side of views such as the Task Usage or Resource Usage view.


The timescale appears in views such as the Gantt Chart and Resource Usage views as a band across the top of the grid and denotes units of time. You can customize the timescale in the Timescale dialog box, which you can open from the Format menu.

top-down planning

A method of developing a project plan by identifying the highest- level phases or summary tasks before breaking them into lower-level components or subtasks.

total slack

The amount of time that a task can be delayed without delaying the project’s end date.


The second major phase of project management work. Tracking includes all the collecting, entering, and analyzing of actual project performance values such as work on tasks and actual durations.

Microsoft Office Project 2003 Step by Step
MicrosoftВ® Office Project 2003 Step by Step (Step by Step (Microsoft))
ISBN: 0735619557
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 199

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