Two Planning Methods
If you have a general idea of project organization but have not yet developed detail level tasks, you will begin your planning using the top-down method. This means that you have a good idea of your high-level organization, which will turn into summary tasks in Office Project 2007. Later you will add the details, project tasks, and subtasks.
For a project plan that has all of the detail tasks but has not yet been organized into a high-level plan, you will use the bottom-up method. With this planning method, you start with a highly detailed task list, or subtasks, and create logical groups to represent summary tasks.
When your tasks have been entered and organized, you can begin setting up those tasks into a workable outline. You do this by demoting (indenting) tasks that you want to define as subtasks and, if necessary, promoting (outdenting) tasks that you want to define as summary tasks. (The Formatting toolbar offers the Indent and Outdent buttons to make this easy to do.)
At this stage you will implement your preferred approach to organizing your project plan into your chosen task groups (top-down or bottom-up) and then begin to indent and outdent your chosen tasks to organize your project tasks.Although these planning methods are not specific to Office Project 2007, understanding key project management theoretical concepts such as these will help you as you take this exam.