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How to: Change Project Structure and Iterations in Microsoft Project

You can change the project structure of your team project from Microsoft Project. The project structure defines the number of areas a team project has and the hierarchical relationship among them.

You can also change the number of iterations a team project finishes, and change the steps of particular iteration. As the needs of the project change, you can change the project structure or iterations to meet the steps in the product life cycle.

Required Permissions

To perform these procedures, you must be a member of the Project Administrators group or have the Create and order child nodes, Delete this node, and Edit this node permissions set to Allow. For more information, see Team Foundation Server Permissions.

To modify the team project structure in Microsoft Project

  1. In Microsoft Project, open the team project.

    For more information, see How to: Connect to Team Foundation from Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Project.

  2. On the Team menu, click Edit Areas and Iterations.

  3. On the Areas and Iterations dialog box, be sure the Area tab is selected.

  4. Use the toolbar buttons to change the project structure:

    • Click Add a child node to add a new node under the currently selected node.

    • Click Delete node to delete the currently selected node.

    • Click Move a node up amongst its siblings to promote the currently selected node higher in the tree.

    • Click Move a node down amongst its siblings to demote the currently selected node lower in the tree.

    • Click Make the selected node a sibling of its parent to make the currently selected node a peer of the node immediately above it.

    • Click Make the selected node the child of its previous sibling to make the currently selected node a child of the node immediately above it.

  5. Click Close.

To modify the team project iterations in or Microsoft Project

  1. In Microsoft Project, on the Team menu, click Edit Areas and Iterations.

  2. On the Edit Areas and Iterations dialog box, click the Iteration tab.

  3. Use the toolbar buttons to change the iterations:

    • Click Add a child node to add a new node under the currently selected node.

    • Click Delete node to delete the currently selected node.

    • Click Move a node up among its siblings to promote the currently selected node higher in the tree.

    • Click Move a node down among its siblings to demote the currently selected node lower in the tree.

    • Click Make the selected node a sibling of its parent to make the currently selected node a peer of the node immediately above it.

    • Click Make the selected node a child of its preceding sibling to make the currently selected node a peer of the node immediately above it.

  4. Click Close.

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