Goal: Identify schedule problems

After your project begins and you are tracking the actual progress of tasks (task: An activity that has a beginning and an end. Project plans are made up of tasks.), you can review your schedule (schedule: The timing and sequence of tasks within a project. A schedule consists mainly of tasks, task dependencies, durations, constraints, and time-oriented project information.) to identify problems or potential problems with task schedules. Identifying or anticipating problems enables you to take care of any issues that may affect the project's finish date.

 Tip   This article is part of a series of articles within the Project Map that describe a broad set of project management activities. We call these activities "goals" because they are organized around the project management life cycle: Build a plan, track and manage a project, and close a project.

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Identify schedule problems goal

number 1  Analyze your schedule    After you create a basic schedule, you should check it to discover problems or oversights that require adjustments.

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Number 2  Compare two versions of a project    You can compare two project files from the same project and produce a customized, detailed report (report: A format in which you can print schedule information that is appropriate for the intended recipients. You can use the predefined reports provided by Project or create custom reports.) to help you identify schedule problems.

Number 3  Determine if your project's finish date has changed    You can view an overall summary of the project's dates and the critical tasks that directly affect the finish date.

Number 4  Assess why the project finish date is delayed    Review the factors in the schedule that could extend the finish date of your project.

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Applies to:
Project 2007