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Managing Projects without Microsoft Project

September 17, 2014

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Outlook: Create tasks in Outlook and use categories to identify different projects. When you sort by categories, you will see a list of all tasks by project. You can assign tasks in Outlook and attach resource information right in the task item.

Excel: Use Excel’s powerful date math features to manage dependencies between tasks. If my task begins on 8/1/2014 and will take 45 days to complete. I can enter the start date in cell B2 and calculate the end date like this: B2+45.

OneNote: One of the great things about OneNote is how shareable it is! You can divide the project up into phases by tab, or create a tab for each person with their tasks. Manage the information using tags that can be searched and viewed in a list, no matter where they are in the notebook.


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