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Overview

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

For customers who purchase an ebook version of this title, instructions for downloading the CD files can be found in the ebook.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735619586
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 10/29/2003
  • Series: Microsoft Inside Out Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 1088
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.90 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments;
We'd Like to Hear from You!;
About the CD;
What's on the CD;
Using the CD;
System Requirements;
Support Information;
Conventions and Features Used in This Book;
Text Convention;
Design Conventions;
About the Authors;
Part 1: Project Fundamentals;
Chapter 1: Introducing Microsoft Project 2003;
1.1 Using this Book;
1.2 Using Microsoft Project—An Overview;
1.3 What's New in Microsoft Project 2003;
1.4 Learning As You Go;
Chapter 2: Understanding Projects and Project Management;
2.1 Understanding Project Management Basics;
2.2 Understanding Project Management Processes;
2.3 Facilitating Your Project with Microsoft Project;
2.4 Understanding Project Stakeholders;
2.5 Keys to Successful Project Management;
Part 2: Developing the Project Plan;
Chapter 3: Starting a New Project;
3.1 Focusing the Project Vision;
3.2 Creating a New Project Plan;
3.3 Entering Tasks;
3.4 Sequencing and Organizing Tasks;
3.5 Organizing Tasks into an Outline;
3.6 Setting Up Your Work Breakdown Structure;
3.7 Adding Supplementary Information to Tasks;
Chapter 4: Viewing Project Information;
4.1 Understanding Project Information Categories;
4.2 Accessing Your Project Information;
4.3 Rearranging Your Project Information;
4.4 Arranging Your Microsoft Project Workspace;
4.5 Navigating to a Specific Location in a View;
Chapter 5: Scheduling Tasks;
5.1 Setting Task Durations;
5.2 Establishing Task Dependencies;
5.3 Scheduling Tasks to Achieve Specific Dates;
5.4 Setting Deadline Reminders;
5.5 Creating Milestones in Your Schedule;
5.6 Working with Task Calendars;
Chapter 6: Setting Up Resources in the Project;
6.1 Understanding the Impact of Resources in the Project Plan;
6.2 Adding Work Resources to the Project;
6.3 Adding Material Resources to the Project;
6.4 Removing a Resource from the Project;
6.5 Setting Resource Working Time Calendars;
6.6 Adding Detailed Resource Information;
Chapter 7: Assigning Resources to Tasks;
7.1 Assigning Work Resources to Tasks;
7.2 Assigning Material Resources to Tasks;
7.3 Reviewing Assignment Information;
7.4 Changing Resource Assignments;
7.5 Contouring Resource Assignments;
Chapter 8: Planning Resource and Task Costs;
8.1 Working with Costs and Budgeting;
8.2 Planning Resource Costs;
8.3 Planning Fixed Task Costs;
8.4 Reviewing Planned Costs;
8.5 Working with Multiple Currencies;
Chapter 9: Checking and Adjusting the Project Plan;
9.1 Working with the Critical Path and Critical Tasks;
9.2 Bringing in the Project Finish Date;
9.3 Reducing Project Costs;
9.4 Balancing Resource Workloads;
9.5 Changing Project Scope;
9.6 Reviewing the Impact of Changes;
9.7 Obtaining Buyoff on the Project Plan;
Part 3: Tracking Progress;
Chapter 10: Saving a Baseline and Updating Progress;
10.1 Saving Original Plan Information Using a Baseline;
10.2 Updating Task Progress;
Chapter 11: Responding to Changes in Your Project;
11.1 Monitoring and Adjusting the Schedule;
11.2 Monitoring and Adjusting Costs;
11.3 Monitoring and Adjusting Resource Workload;
Part 4: Reporting and Analysis;
Chapter 12: Reporting Project Information;
12.1 Establishing Your Communications Plan;
12.2 Setting Up and Printing Views;
12.3 Generating Reports;
12.4 Revising a Built-in Report;
12.5 Building a Custom Report;
12.6 Generating Reports from Project XML Data;
12.7 Publishing Project Information to the Web;
Chapter 13: Analyzing Project Information;
13.1 Analyzing Progress and Costs Using Earned Value;
13.2 Calculating Project Information in Microsoft Excel;
Part 5: Managing Multiple Projects;
Chapter 14: Managing Master Projects and Resource Pools;
14.1 Structuring Master Projects with Subprojects;
14.2 Consolidating Project Information;
14.3 Sharing Resources Using a Resource Pool;
Chapter 15: Exchanging Information Between Project Plans;
15.1 Linking Information Between Project Plans;
15.2 Copying and Moving Information Between Projects;
15.3 Copying Project Elements Using the Organizer;
Part 6: Integrating Microsoft Project with Other Programs;
Chapter 16: Exchanging Information with Other Applications;
16.1 Copying Information;
16.2 Embedding Information;
16.3 Linking Information;
16.4 Hyperlinking to Documents in Other Applications;
16.5 Publishing Project Information to the Web;
16.6 Creating Project XML Data;
16.7 Importing and Exporting Information;
Chapter 17: Integrating Microsoft Project with Microsoft Excel;
17.1 Copying Between Microsoft Project and Excel;
17.2 Embedding Between Microsoft Project and Excel;
17.3 Linking Between Microsoft Project and Excel;
17.4 Importing and Exporting with Excel;
Chapter 18: Integrating Microsoft Project with Microsoft Outlook;
18.1 Exchanging Task Information with Outlook;
18.2 Building Your Resource List with Outlook;
18.3 Exchanging Workgroup Messages;
18.4 Sending Project File Information;
Chapter 19: Collaborating Using E-Mail;
19.1 Setting Up E-Mail Workgroup Messaging;
19.2 Sending Assignments and Updates to Team Members;
19.3 Receiving Assignments from the Project Manager;
Part 7: Managing Projects Across Your Enterprise;
Chapter 20: Understanding the Project Workgroup and Enterprise Model;
20.1 Who's Who in Enterprise Project Management;
20.2 Understanding Project Server Components;
20.3 Understanding Project Workgroup Collaboration;
20.4 Understanding Enterprise Project Management;
20.5 Modeling Enterprise Implementations;
Chapter 21: Administering Project Server and Project Web Access for Your Enterprise;
21.1 Configuring Your Enterprise and Workgroup;
21.2 Managing Users and System Security;
21.3 Administering the Enterprise Resource Pool;
21.4 Establishing the Enterprise Portfolio;
21.5 Standardizing Enterprise Project Elements;
21.6 Setting Up Team Member Timesheets;
Chapter 22: Managing Enterprise Projects and Resources;
22.1 Connecting to Your Project Server;
22.2 Working with Enterprise Projects;
22.3 Building Your Enterprise Project Team;
22.4 Collaborating with Your Project Team;
Chapter 23: Participating On a Team Using Project Web Access;
23.1 Getting Started with Project Web Access;
23.2 Working with Assignments;
23.3 Tracking Progress on Your Assignments;
23.4 Reviewing Task and Project Information;
23.5 Setting Up E-Mail Reminders and Calendars;
23.6 Managing Risks, Issues, and Documents;
23.7 Managing Resources in Project Web Access;
Chapter 24: Making Executive Decisions Using Project Web Access;
24.1 Getting Started with Project Web Access;
24.2 Working with Views and Fields;
24.3 Analyzing Your Project Portfolio;
24.4 Analyzing Resource Information;
24.5 Examining Projects Using Portfolio Analyzer;
24.6 Running Scenarios Using Portfolio Modeler;
24.7 Setting Up E-Mail Reminders and To-Do Lists;
24.8 Managing Risks, Issues, and Documents;
Part 8: Customizing and Managing Project Files;
Chapter 25: Customizing Your View of Project Information;
25.1 Customizing Views;
25.2 Customizing Tables;
25.3 Customizing Fields;
25.4 Customizing Groups;
25.5 Customizing Filters;
25.6 Working with Outline Codes;
25.7 Sharing Customized Elements Among Projects;
Chapter 26: Customizing the Microsoft Project Interface;
26.1 Creating and Customizing Toolbars;
26.2 Creating and Customizing Menus;
26.3 Creating and Customizing Forms;
Chapter 27: Automating Your Work with Macros;
27.1 Understanding Macros;
27.2 Creating Macros;
27.3 Running Macros;
Chapter 28: Standardizing Projects Using Templates;
28.1 Understanding the Template Types;
28.2 Working with the Project Global Template;
28.3 Working with Project Templates;
28.4 Closing a Project;
Chapter 29: Managing Project Files;
29.1 Opening Project Files;
29.2 Saving Files;
29.3 Saving and Opening with Different File Formats;
29.4 Safeguarding Your Project Files;
Part 9: Programming Custom Solutions;
Chapter 30: Understanding the Visual Basic Language;
30.1 Understanding Objects, Properties, Methods, and Events;
30.2 Understanding Data Types;
30.3 Understanding Variables;
30.4 Understanding Procedures;
30.5 Understanding Scope;
30.6 Understanding Decision Structures;
30.7 Understanding Loop Structures;
30.8 Writing Code That Is Easily Understood;
30.9 Writing Efficient Code;
30.10 Trapping Errors;
Chapter 31: Writing Microsoft Project Code with Visual Basic for Applications;
31.1 Using the Visual Basic Editor;
31.2 Understanding the Microsoft Project Object Model;
31.3 Creating Macros;
31.4 Debugging Macros;
31.5 Creating UserForms;
31.6 Extending and Automating Microsoft Project;
Chapter 32: Working with Microsoft Project Data;
32.1 Introducing Common Database Elements;
32.2 Understanding Project OLE DB Provider Data;
32.3 Understanding the Microsoft Project Database;
32.4 Understanding the Project Server Database;
Part 10: Appendixes;
Appendix A: Installing Microsoft Office Project 2003;
Installing Project Standard and Project Professional 2003;
Microsoft Office Project Server 2003 Setup Issues;
Enterprise Project Management System Requirements;
Appendix B: Field Reference;
Field Types;
Special Field Categories;
Appendix C: Online Resources for Microsoft Project;
Microsoft-Sponsored Resources;
Independent Resources;
Appendix D: Keyboard Shortcuts;
Index to Troubleshooting Topics;
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    GREAT Book

    I bought this book to help with an implementation of MS Project Server 2003 and Project PRO 2003. It had all the answers!!

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