Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Aug 17, 2007 - Computers - 704 pages
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Schedules, budgets, communications, resources. Projects big and small include them all, and Microsoft Project 2007 can help you control these variables -- not be controlled by them. But Project is complex software, and learning it is, well, a project in itself. Get up to speed fast with Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual. Written by project management expert Bonnie Biafore, this book teaches you how to do everything from setting budgets and tracking schedules to testing scenarios and recognizing trouble spots before your project breaks down.

Find out what's new in Project 2007 from previous versions, and get help choosing the right edition, whether it's Project Standard, Project Professional, or Enterprise Project Management Solution. With Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual, you get more than a simple software how-to. You also get a rundown on project management basics and plenty of solid advice on how to use Project to:

  • Define your project and plan your approach
  • Estimate your project, set up a budget, define tasks, and break the work into manageable chunks
  • Create a schedule, define the sequence of work, and learn the right way to use date constraints and deadlines
  • Build a project team and assign resources to tasks: "who does what"
  • Refine the project to satisfy objectives by building reality into the schedule, and learn to keep project costs under control
  • Track progress and communicate with team members via reports, information sharing, and meetings that work
  • Close out your project and take away valuable lessons for the future
Microsoft Project 2007 is the flagship of all project management programs, and this Missing Manual is the book that should have been in the box. No project manager should be without it.

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In the Beginning
Planning a Project
Taking Microsoft Project for a Test Drive
Breaking Work into TaskSized Chunks
Estimating Work Time
Setting Up a Project Schedule
Making a Schedule Thats Easy to Maintain
Reporting on Projects
Closing a Project
Working on Multiple Projects
Exchanging Data Between Programs
Linking and Embedding
Project on the Internet
Viewing What You Want
Defining Your Own Fields and Forms

Building a Team for Your Project
Connecting Resources to Tasks
Does the Schedule Work?
Setting Up a Project Budget
Refining a Project Schedule
Saving the Project Plan
Tracking Progress
Evaluating Project Performance
Managing Change
Customizing Toolbars and Menus
Saving Time With Macros
Installing Project
Getting Help for Project
Keyboard Shortcuts

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