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March 18, 2010

Microsoft Project Tip: Use Unique IDs to refer to tasks

Filed under: Project Management — Jag @ 4:05 pm
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When discussing project plans, we need a way to identify specific tasks; for example, “I disagree with your estimates for task 13”. The problem is that as tasks are added and moved around, the Task ID does not stay constant. Thus, using the Task ID does not help in discussing or tracking changes to a task through multiple versions of a Microsoft Project schedule.

There is another field which can be used for this purpose: the Unique ID. It is available as a column in the Gantt Chart view. Each task is assigned a Unique ID when it is created. This does not change regardless of where the task is moved in the project plan. Different versions of the plan will have the same Unique ID for the same task, regardless of the changes made to each version.

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