Managing with Microsoft Project 98: Your Resource for Better Business Productivity

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Microsoft Project 98 is designed to increase profits, cut costs, improve efficiency, and build a track record of timeliness and reliability. This book covers all the ins and outs of this process with easy-to-follow tutorials, real-world examples, and practical ideas to increase productivity with Microsoft's latest business management software.
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Overview

Microsoft Project 98 is designed to increase profits, cut costs, improve efficiency, and build a track record of timeliness and reliability. This book covers all the ins and outs of this process with easy-to-follow tutorials, real-world examples, and practical ideas to increase productivity with Microsoft's latest business management software.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761514206
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1998
  • Pages: 550

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I–Project Managment Basics
Chapter 1 – Getting Started with Project 98
Understanding Why You Need to Manage Projects
Management Techniques Offered in Project
Key Benefits of Using Project
Starting Project
Understanding the Project Screen
Looking at the View Bar
Looking at the Toolbars
Getting Help When You Need It
Using the Office Assistant
Accessing Interactive Help Features
Working with Files
Starting a New File
Opening an Existing File
Saving a File
File Protection and Backup Options
Saving and Opening a Workspace
Selecting, Arranging, and Closing Files
Exiting Project
Chapter 2 – Setting Up a Project
Managing Project Start and End Dates
Changing Project Information
Viewing Project Statistics
Adding and Deleting Tasks
Editing a Task
Using Differing Durations
Selecting, Inserting, and Deleting Tasks
Moving and Copying Tasks
Clearing Task Information
Adding a Task Note
Understanding Indicators
Adjusting the Task Sheet
Sizing the Sheet and Columns
Adding Columns (Fields)
Hiding, Deleting, and Editing Columns
Dealing with the Planning Wizard
Creating Milestones
Looking at Project Properties
Adjusting the Project Base Calendar
Changing Working Hours or Adding a Day Off
Creating a Custom Calendar
Chapter 3 – Fine-Tuning Tasks
Creating and Editing Tasks with the Mouse
Dragging to Create a New Task
Dragging to Move or Reschedule a Task
Splitting a Task
Creating Recurring Tasks
Linking and Unlinking Tasks
Link Types
Linking Tasks on the Task Sheet
Linking Tasks with the Mouse
Linking Tasks with the Toolbar
Linking via Task Information
Unlinking Tasks or Changing the Link Type
Working with Lead Times and Lag Times
Setting Task Constraints
Using Go To to Find a Task
Editing Other Task Information
Chapter 4 – 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
Setting How Costs are Calculated
Creating Variable Pay Rates with Cost Rate Tables
Working with Fixed Costs
Working with Resource Calendars (Work Schedules)
Choosing a Calendar
Setting Resource Availability
Customizing a Resource Calendar
Adding a Resource Note
Assigning a Resource to a Task
Start Dates and Delays
Overriding an Effort-Driven Duration
Turning Off Effort-Driven Scheduling
Deleting Resources
From a Task
From the Project
Working with Assignments
Viewing Assignments
Displaying Assignment Information
Changing the Cost Table for an Assignment
Part II–Making Adjustments to Projects
Chapter 5 – Resolving Overallocations and Overbooked Resources
Discovering Overallocation
Finding Overallocations with the Resource Management Toolbar
Looking at Resource Usage in Other Views
Creating and Printing an Overallocated Resources Report
Using Automatic Leveling to Fix Overallocations
Setting Options and Leveling
Clearing Leveling
Reprioritizing Tasks Before Leveling
Manually Cutting Back the Resource's Commitments
Creating a Delay
Removing or Replacing an Overbooked Resource
Part-Time Work
Avoiding Underallocations
Changing the Resource's Work Schedule
Using Contouring to Vary Workload
Chapter 6 – Optimizing the Schedule
Identifying and Tightening the Critical Path
Using Task Entry View
Understanding Driving Resources
Adding Resources for a Task
Authorizing Overtime Work for a Task
Using Multiple Critical Paths
Working with Slack
Changing How Much Slack Makes a Task Critical
Adjusting Lead and Lag Times
Changing Constraints to Tighten the Schedule
Ignoring Constraints to Remove Negative Slack
Chapter 7 – Comparing Progress versus Your Baseline Plan
Creating the Baseline
Viewing Baseline Information
Entering Completed Work
Saving and Viewing an Interim Plan
Viewing Baseline Versus Actual Information
Part III–Viewing, Formatting, and Printing Projects
Chapter 8 – Viewing and Managing Costs
Viewing and Finding Task Costs
Previewing Cost Reports
Changing How Costs Add Up
Chapter 9 – Working with the Different Project Views
Reviewing the Views
Quick and Dirty Gantt Chart Formatting
Changing and Zooming the Timescale
Creating a Table or Filter
Creating a View
Dealing with the Organizer
Using PERT Analysis
Using the Rollup Views
Chapter 10 – Proofing and Printing a View
Spell-Checking the Project
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 11 – Working with Forms
Understanding Forms
Selecting a Form
Creating a Custom Form
Creating a Toolbar Button or Menu Command to Display a Form
Chapter 12 – Creating and Printing a Report
Understanding the Report Types
Selecting, Setting Up, and Printing a Report
Creating a Custom Report
Chapter 13 – 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
Chapter 14– 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 IV–Handling Multiple Projects
Chapter 15 – Copying and Moving Project Information
Copying Information between Projects
Copying Information between Projects
Affecting Links When You Copy and Move Information
Chapter 16 – Working with Templates
Why Templates Can Save Time
Using a Template
Creating a Template
Finding More Templates
Chapter 17 – Consolidating Projects
When to Combine Projects
Combining Projects
Opening Subprojects
Working with Subprojects
Controlling Dates in Consolidated Projects
Linking Tasks between Projects
Working with Resource Pools (Sharing Resources)
Part V–Sharing and Publishing Project Information
Chapter 18 – 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
Exporting Project Files
Sharing Project Data with ODBC Databases
Chapter 19 – Taking Project Online
Web Basics
Preparing to Communicate with a Workgroup
Sharing Information with the Workgroup
Creating a Web Workgroup
Part VI–Working with Advanced Features
Chapter 20 – 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 21 – Creating and Using Macros
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
Index
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