Creating a Project Schedule

A schedule is an orderly arrangement of activities, or process elements, which determines the sequence in which they occur. A project schedule in TeamFlow is entirely determined by three things:

We will begin with an elapsed-time schedule which does not require a Project Start date.

You should open the IMF model that came in your TeamFlow distribution kit, not the one you developed during the tutorial. The supplied model contains information in the tag field of each process element that will facilitate the data import process which we shall do next.

Open the "TeamFlow 9\samples\imf.tml" model. Do not use the model you just built.

Arrange your TeamView window so both the Deployment Flowchart and Gantt Chart panes are open. Use the Close Org Chart toolbar button (or turn off the Org Chart switch on the View menu) and then adjust the relative widths of the two open panes using the slider bar which divides them.

To enable the TeamFlow Scheduler, pull down the Project menu and select the Preferences item. The Project Preferences window will open.

Turn on the Enable Scheduler and Use Elapsed-time Scheduling switches as shown above. Click the OK button to close the Preferences window.

The process flow arrows we built earlier in the tutorial determine the precedential order of the process elements - that is, which elements precede which. The other item we need to create an elapsed-time schedule is process element Durations - that is, how long each step of the process will take to complete.

We could go through the list of process elements and enter a Duration for each one manually using the Process Element Information window. Instead, we will use the Import Data facility of TeamFlow to load Durations from a spreadsheet.

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Last Update: October 24, 2005