How Do You Write a Project Outline?

To create a project outline, identify the major tasks needed to accomplish the project, and break down the smaller tasks required to complete the larger ones. For clarity, list the major milestones with Roman numerals and the subtasks with capital letters.

  1. Create a project summary

    Title the project at the top of the outline. Briefly summarize each step required to complete the project, detailing associated costs and proposing a timeline. Include a list of administrative officials associated with the project.

  2. Identify the major milestones of the project

    Establish the main objectives necessary to complete the project, and list them using Roman numerals. Be succinct in describing the objectives, and restrict them to a manageable amount.

  3. List the tasks needed to accomplish each milestone

    Below each of the major milestones, list the subtasks needed to complete each one. For example, if one of the milestones is to design a workshop or seminar, the subtasks would include researching the subject of the workshop, developing a lesson plan and creating handouts and visual aids. Alphabetize the subtasks using capital letters. For added specificity, break down the steps of each subtask using lowercase bullets, and break down these tasks until the outline is complete.