The answer is: “it depends.” In general, many organizations ask you not to make changes to the stages since that allows progress to be measured uniformly across the organization. If you have a doubt about this, ask your supervisor for your organization’s guidelines.
Yes. If there is a task that your team does not do (and is not required to do), then it is fine to delete it. Some of the base plans were intentionally developed to be very inclusive since it is easier to remove unneeded tasks than to create new ones.
Yes, there is no problem reordering the tasks in one of the standard plans to match your team’s workflow. Just be sure to check that the three settings in the lower right-hand corner of the project plan dialogue do not need to be adjusted because of the change. When moving tasks around, these settings are disturbed and can change.
Yes, rewording the name of tasks is fine if it helps your team be more effective.
Adjust the “When can this task start?” setting to include all stages where the task can be worked on.
In the example above, the drafting of the back translation must be completed in stage three. If I want to allow the team to work on the back translation in any of the earlier stages, then I change the “When can this task start?” setting to “Any time.”