Microsoft Office Project 2003 Inside Out

Microsoft Office Project 2003 Inside Out

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by Teresa S. Stover, Teresa Stover

Dig into Project 2003—and discover how you can really put your project management skills to work! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and handy workarounds in concise, fast-answer format. It’s all muscle and no fluff. Find the best and fastest ways to perform everyday tasks, and challenge


Dig into Project 2003—and discover how you can really put your project management skills to work! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and handy workarounds in concise, fast-answer format. It’s all muscle and no fluff. Find the best and fastest ways to perform everyday tasks, and challenge yourself to new levels of Project mastery!

  • Master powerful tools for orchestrating project scope, resources, and time
  • Learn expert ways to monitor progress and costs, make corrections, and stay on course
  • Enable Web-based project collaboration, tracking, and reporting for project stakeholders
  • Skillfully coordinate multiple projects and resource pools
  • Simplify work by exchanging information between other projects and Microsoft Office programs
  • Employ advanced solutions to improve enterprise-wide project and resource management
  • Customize Project to work your way with macros and Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)

CD features:

  • Complete eBook—easy to browse and print
  • Insider Extras—including special content for team members and executives, plus Help files
  • Catalog of Project resources with links to third-party tools and demos
  • Microsoft resources and demos, including Insider’s Guide to Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 eBook
  • FREE—60-day trial of Microsoft Office Project 2003 Standard Edition software
  • FREE—Microsoft Computer Dictionary, Fifth Edition, eBook—10,000+ entries

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Editorial Reviews
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Every year, project management gets more complex, as projects increasingly cross functional and even organizational boundaries. In response, Microsoft has broadened Microsoft Project’s reach in planning and managing these “next-gen” projects. Project 2003 is a stunningly powerful tool -- and a very complex one. Microsoft Office Project 2003 Inside Out gives you all the information you need to make the most of Project 2003 -- from quick, step-by-step feature instructions, to expert guidance for the whole project lifecycle.

Author Teresa Stover is a longtime project manager, a consultant to the Project development team...and an exceptional writer. In this nearly 1,100-page book, she systematically covers both the standalone Microsoft Project Standard 2003 and the enterprise-focused Microsoft Project Professional 2003. She also offers detailed coverage of collaborative project management with Microsoft Project Server 2003 and Microsoft Project Web Access 2003.

Stover begins with a detailed introduction to the art of project management itself: creating project plans and controlling projects using your plan as a roadmap. Even if you’re an experienced project manager, you’ll appreciate her discussion of integrating Microsoft Project into your workflow, and how stakeholders can interact with Project or use its outputs.

She then covers the meat-and-potatoes tasks every PM will perform: entering and organizing tasks and resources; viewing project status; incorporating costs and reviewing budgets; and refining projects to adjust critical paths, resource workloads, and key dates.

Speaking of dates, there’s detailed coverage of scheduling: setting (and reality-checking) task durations; establishing task dependencies; working with flexible and inflexible constraints; adding lead time; setting milestones; and so forth.

Once you’ve done all that, you’ll learn how to track your project’s progress -- and adjust your finely honed plan for the realities of Planet Earth.

Throughout Microsoft Office Project 2003 Inside Out, you’ll find thorough introductions to Project 2003’s significant new features. For instance, Stover explains soft-booking, which lets you tentatively propose the use of specific resources, pending feedback. She also introduces timesheet lockdowns, which prevent team members from reporting hours for time periods outside those you’ve authorized.

Microsoft has extended its features for enterprise collaboration, and Stover covers the new tools in extraordinary depth. (That’s the biggest reason this book is nearly 150 pages longer than its predecessor.)

Most notably, there are two chapters on Project Web Access, Microsoft’s web-based project portal. PWA helps dispersed project teams to work on projects without having to use Microsoft Project Professional, itself. It also gives executives an easy tool for making key project decisions -- and seeing that they’re carried out.

Finally, you’ll appreciate the CD-ROM’s extensive collection of Microsoft and third-party tools and add-ins; and the complete e-Book that allows you to take Microsoft Office Project 2003 Inside Out anywhere your notebook PC can go -- all the way up to the executive suite. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Meet the Author

Teresa S. Stover is a project management expert who has consulted with the Microsoft Office Project Team since Version 4. She is an instructional designer and award-winning author with more than two decades of technical communication experience. Teresa is the author of countless user manuals, tutorials, and help systems—plus more than a dozen computer books, including Microsoft Office Project 2007 Inside Out, Microsoft Office Project 2003 Inside Out, and Microsoft Project Version 2002 Inside Out.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to help with an implementation of MS Project Server 2003 and Project PRO 2003. It had all the answers!!