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How to set up a project plan using AceProject

Free project planning for small businesses

A great idea is only the start of a new business venture. We look at how to keep a project on track at all stages of its development using a free online planner.

Step 11. Click the tab for your new project on the ‘Edit Project Information’ page, then choose ‘Open project tasks’, ‘Add a task’. The ‘Edit Task Information’ page will pop up, allowing you to enter a title, description and start and end date for the task, or assign it to a Group, Type, Priority and User. Add tasks as needed.

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Step 12. As you add multiple tasks, you’ll need to define dependencies. Go back to a task you’ve already created and select the Dependencies tab. Under ‘Add a New Predecessor Link’ in the ‘Predecessor Task’ menu, select a task that must be complete before this task can begin. Repeat this process for each task.

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Step 13. A Gantt chart is a good way of seeing the at-a-glance status of a project. Select the Project tab, then in the sidebar choose Tasks, Gantt charts and then either Daily, Weekly or Monthly view. A Gantt chart shows when each task is scheduled to start and finish and indicates dependencies using dotted lines.

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Step 14. The plan is now complete, but it will only be useful if you keep it up to date as the project progresses. This is done on AceProject’s ‘Edit Task Information’ page (see Step 12), where you assign ‘In progress’, ‘To verify’ or ‘Completed’ statuses to your project as appropriate.

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