Managing with Microsoft Project 2000

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Features Build timelines, make assignments, and optimize schedules Capture schedule information and display it graphically Compare project progress with your original plan Exploit online communication and reporting features Create custom reports and other custom planning tools Author Bio Lisa Bucki Lisa A. Bucki, currently residing in Fairview, North Carolina, has spent six years as a consultant, author, technical writer developer, and trainer. She has more than twelve years of experience with computer book ...
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Overview

Features Build timelines, make assignments, and optimize schedules Capture schedule information and display it graphically Compare project progress with your original plan Exploit online communication and reporting features Create custom reports and other custom planning tools Author Bio Lisa Bucki Lisa A. Bucki, currently residing in Fairview, North Carolina, has spent six years as a consultant, author, technical writer developer, and trainer. She has more than twelve years of experience with computer book publishing. She has developed over 100 computer book titles and has been an author, coauthor, contributor to more then 35 books and multimedia titles, including "Keynote Fast & Easy" (Premier Press, 1592001297), "Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Fast & Easy Web Development" (Premier Press, 159200119X), Adobe Photoshop Digital Darkroom (1931841926, Premier Press), Mac OS X Version 10.2 Jaguar Fast & Easy" (1592000444, Premier Press), and "Managing Microsoft Project 98" (Premier Press, 0761519866).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761519867
  • Publisher: Premier Press
  • Publication date: 1/19/2000
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 663
  • Product dimensions: 7.35 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: Easy Introduction to Project
Chapter 1: The Project Management Process and Project
Understanding Why You Should Manage Projects
Management Techniques Offered in Project
Key Benefits of Using Project
Getting the Most Out of Project
The Planning Process
Learning More about Project Management
Chapter 2: Project Basic Training
Changing Project Information and Calendar
Change Project Views
Add, Outline, and Link Tasks
Add and Assign Resources
Saving the Baseline
Tracking and Rescheduling Work
Reporting Project Information
Part II: Project Management Basics
Chapter 3: Working with Files and Help
Starting Project
Getting Help When You Need It
Working with Files
Exiting Project
Chapter 4: Setting Up a Project
Managing Project Start and End Dates
Adjusting the Project Base Calendar
Adding and Deleting Tasks
Adjusting the Task Sheet
Dealing with the Planning Wizard
Creating Milestones
Looking at Project Properties
Chapter 5: Fine-Tuning Tasks
Creating and Editing Tasks with the Mouse
Creating Recurring Tasks
Linking and Unlinking Tasks
Working with Lead Times and Lag Times
Setting Task Constraints
Adding a Task Deadline
Using Go To to Find a Task
Editing Other Task Information in the Task Information Dialog Box
Chapter 6: Managing Resources
What Is Effort-Driven (Resource-Driven) Scheduling?
Viewing and Using the Project Resource Sheet
Setting up a New Resource
Displaying Resource Information
Assigning Resource Costs
Working with Resource Calendars (Work Schedules)
Adding a Resource Note
Assigning a Resource to a Task
Deleting Resources
Working with Assignments
Part III: Making Adjustments to Projects
Chapter 7: Resolving Overallocations and Overbooked Resources
Discovering Overallocation
Using Leveling to Fix Overallocations
Manually Cutting Back the Resource's Commitments
Avoiding Underallocations
Using Contouring to Vary Workload
Chapter 8: Optimizing the Schedule
Identifying and Tightening the Critical Path
Using Multiple Critical Paths
Working with Slack
Chapter 9: Comparing Progress versus Your Baseline Plan
Final Considerations before Saving the Baseline
Creating the Baseline
Viewing Baseline Information
Entering Completed Work
Saving and Viewing an Interim Plan
Viewing Baseline versus Actual Information
Clearing a Baseline
Part IV: Viewing, Formatting, and Printing Projects
Chapter 10: Viewing and Managing Costs
Viewing and Finding Task Costs
Previewing Cost Reports
Changing How Costs Add Up
Cutting Back Costs
Chapter 11: Working with the Different Project Views
Reviewing the Views
Choosing a View
Adjusting a Sheet
Grouping Information in the Task Sheet or Resource Sheet
Quick and Dirty Gantt Chart Formatting
Changing and Zooming the Timescale
Creating a Table or Filter
Creating a View
Dealing with the Organizer to Work with Views, Macros, Tables, and More
Using the Rollup Views
Using PERT Analysis
Chapter 12: Proofing and Printing a View
Checking the Project's Spelling
Using AutoCorrect for Entry Accuracy
Replacing Entries
Changing Printer Settings
Controlling the Page Setup
Controlling Page Breaks
Previewing the Printing
Finishing the Print Job
Chapter 13: Working with Forms
Understanding Forms
Selecting a Form
Creating a Custom Form
Creating a Toolbar Button or Menu Command to Display a Form
Chapter 14: Creating and Printing a Report
Understanding the Report Types
Selecting, Setting up, and Printing a Report
Creating a Custom Report
Chapter 15: Working with Outlining
What Outlining Does for You
Promoting and Demoting Tasks in the Outline
Controlling the Outline Display
Using Summary Tasks to Reduce the Critical Path
Working with WBS and Outline Codes
Chapter 16: Other Formatting
Formatting Selected Sheet Text
Formatting the Bar for a Selected Task
Formatting a Progress Line
Working with Gridlines
Formatting Text Styles
Adjusting the Bar or Box Styles for Charts
Working with Details
Choosing a Layout
Creating a Drawing in Project
Part V: Handling Multiple Projects
Chapter 17: Copying and Moving Project Information
Copying Information between Projects
Moving Information between Projects
Affecting Links When You Copy and Move Information
Chapter 18: Working with Templates
Why Templates Can Save Time
Using a Template
Creating a Template
Opening a Template You Created
Chapter 19: Consolidating Projects
When to Combine Projects
Combining Projects
Opening Subprojects
Working with Subprojects
Controlling Dates in Consolidated Projects
Linking Tasks between Projects
Part VI: Sharing and Publishing Project Information
Chapter 20: Using Project with Other Applications
Using Text and Graphics from Another Application
Using Project Information in Other Applications
Working with OLE Objects
Importing Other Project-Management Files
Understanding Data Maps
Exporting Project Files
Sharing Project Data with ODBC Databases
Chapter 21: Communicating with the Team
Preparing to Communicate with a Workgroup
Sharing Information with the Workgroup
How Project Interacts with Outlook 2000
Chapter 22: Using Project with the Web
Embedding a Hyperlink
Using the Web Toolbar to Surf
Saving Project Information as a Web Page
Specifying a Web Template for a Web Page
Chapter 23: Creating and Managing a Web Workgroup
When Project Central Becomes Useful
Installing Project Central
Logging In to Project Central for the First Time
Determining the Frequency of Updates
Working with Project Central
Status Report
Views
Part VII: Working with Advanced Features
Chapter 24: Customizing Microsoft Project
Creating a Custom Menu
Working with Toolbars
Deleting a Custom Toolbar or Menu Bar
Customizing Workgroup Message Fields
Setting Project Options
Chapter 25: Creating and Using Macros
Setting the Macro Security Level
Creating Macros
Running a Macro
Changing Macro Options
Editing Macros
Deleting Macros
Creating a Menu Command or Toolbar Button for a Macro
A Few More Macro Ideas
Appendix A: Other Online Resources
Appendix B: What's On the CD?
Running the CD
The Prima License
The Prima Use Interface
The Software
Glossary
Index
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