Is there a way to create a highlevel task that will summarize all the subordinate tasks without indenting the subtasks?

  • You mean in some kind of software tool? If so, which one? If not, can you give more context, because I'm not sure what you're asking. – Erik Aug 4 at 19:48

This approach is not recommended because it will inflate the total work content

Your question can apply to MS Project and open source Project Management tools such as ProjectLibre and OpenProject.

Let us assume that you can do what you are asking:

a way to create a highlevel task that will summarize all the subordinate tasks without indenting the subtasks

Then, in the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) of the project, you will have the individual tasks counted once and the summary task counted again as a duplicate, thereby inflating the overall work content of the project. So, this is not recommended.

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