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Embodiments of the present invention are directed toward providing a method utilizing project management software for creating a project plan utilizing a top-down strategy allowing a user to describe high-level objectives before filling in details for the underlying tasks of which the high-level objectives are comprised. As an alternative to basing summary task dates and durations solely on subtask data, the present invention allows a user to enter dates and duration values into summary tasks regardless of when the corresponding subtasks occur. By utilizing a top-down project management approach, embodiments of the present invention promote utilizing summary tasks as a starting point of project planning. Users are able to input high-level objectives of a project when more specific details of subtasks are unknown. Because summary task data is not rolled-up from the subtask data, a user may specify details such as dates and durations of subtasks at a later time.

Title
Project management applications utilizing summary tasks for top-down project planning
Application Number
12/468663
Publication Number
8160911 (B2)
Application Date
May 19, 2009
Publication Date
April 17, 2012
Inventor
Alice Pritikin Steinglass
Redmond
WA, US
Peter De Vries
Seattle
WA, US
Mohammad Yakoob Shahdad
Bellevue
WA, US
Bonny P Lau
Bellevue
WA, US
Agent
Merchant & Gould P C
Assignee
Microsoft Corporation
WA, US
IPC
G06F 17/00
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