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Get the full-color, visual guide that makes learning Microsoft Project 2013 plain and simple! Follow the book’s easy steps and screenshots and clear, concise language to learn the simplest ways to effectively manage all your projects.

Here’s WHAT you’ll learn:

  • Develop a project plan and schedule resources
  • Pull together your team and plan their assignments
  • Understand dependencies and mitigate risks
  • Stay on top of progress, delays, and costs
  • Make adjustments and updates quickly
  • Communicate with clear, customized reports

Here’s HOW you’ll learn it:

  • Jump in wherever you need answers
  • Follow easy STEPS and SCREENSHOTS to see exactly what to do
  • Get handy TIPS for new techniques and shortcuts
  • Use TRY THIS! exercises to apply what you learn right away
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735671997
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 6/6/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 343,981
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Howard is a MCSE, MCT in Project Server, and a Microsoft MVP for Project. He has more than 20 years of experience implementing IT-based solutions to solve business problems across all sectors.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: About this book;
1.1 No computerese!;
1.2 A quick overview;
1.3 A few assumptions;
1.4 What’s new in Project 2013?;
1.5 Using a touch-enabled system;
1.6 A final few words;
Chapter 2: Getting started with Project 2013;
2.1 Understanding Project terminology;
2.2 Understanding how tasks and resources relate to each other;
2.3 Navigating Microsoft Project;
2.4 Understanding the Backstage view;
2.5 Adding commands to the ribbon;
2.6 Collapsing and pinning the ribbon;
2.7 Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar;
2.8 Understanding views, tables, filters, and groups;
2.9 Selecting a different view;
2.10 Displaying the View Bar;
2.11 Displaying a different table;
2.12 Selecting a different filter;
2.13 Selecting a different group;
2.14 Working with and inserting columns in a table;
2.15 Hiding a column;
2.16 Moving a column;
2.17 Resizing a column;
2.18 Saving a modified view;
2.19 Displaying the Project Summary Task;
Chapter 3: Getting the Project basics right;
3.1 Assigning a different calendar as the Project Calendar;
3.2 Setting the calendar’s working week;
3.3 Defining public and organizational holidays;
3.4 Defining the calendar options;
3.5 Entering the project start date;
3.6 Setting the project properties and basic options;
3.7 Setting the project currency;
3.8 Changing the default view and date format;
3.9 Saving the project to a local drive;
3.10 Saving the project to SkyDrive;
3.11 Saving the project to Project Server 2013 or Project Online;
3.12 Saving and synchronizing the project to SharePoint 2013;
Chapter 4: Creating and modifying tasks;
4.1 Understanding and setting the schedule mode;
4.2 Entering tasks;
4.3 Indenting tasks;
4.4 Outdenting tasks;
4.5 Inserting new tasks into the schedule;
4.6 Moving tasks around the schedule;
4.7 Moving summary tasks around the schedule;
4.8 Deleting tasks;
Chapter 5: Setting estimates;
5.1 Entering duration estimates for detail tasks;
5.2 Entering duration estimates for summary tasks;
5.3 Entering work estimates;
5.4 Marking tasks that need an estimation review;
Chapter 6: Linking the tasks;
6.1 Linking dependent tasks;
6.2 Changing the dependency type;
6.3 Unlinking tasks;
6.4 Adding a lag or lead time to a dependency;
6.5 Displaying task paths;
Chapter 7: Assigning and managing resources;
7.1 Creating work resources quickly in the Gantt Chart view;
7.2 Creating resources using the Resource Sheet;
7.3 Modifying resources;
7.4 Changing the maximum units for a resource;
7.5 Changing a resource’s working day;
7.6 Entering resource holidays;
7.7 Assigning a single work resource to a task;
7.8 Assigning multiple work resources to a task;
7.9 Adjusting the work, duration, and assignment units for a task;
7.10 Assigning material resources to a task;
7.11 Assigning cost resources to a task;
7.12 Resolving overallocated resources using the Task Inspector;
7.13 Resolving overallocated resources using the Team Planner;
7.14 Deleting resources;
Chapter 8: Adding external dependencies and deadlines;
8.1 Adding a deadline to a task;
8.2 Changing a start or finish date for manually scheduled tasks;
8.3 Adding external dependencies for auto scheduled tasks;
8.4 Adding a specific calendar to a task;
8.5 Planning for tasks that might not happen!;
Chapter 9: Communicating the plan;
9.1 Formatting the table area;
9.2 Formatting individual bars or a selection of bars;
9.3 Formatting all the bars at once;
9.4 Viewing the Task Path;
9.5 Displaying the critical path;
9.6 Showing and hiding dependency links;
9.7 Viewing and printing the Project Overview report;
9.8 Viewing and copying burndown reports;
9.9 Printing the project schedule;
9.10 Using Visual Reports;
9.11 Using the Timeline view;
9.12 Formatting the Timeline view;
9.13 Copying the Timeline view to other applications;
9.14 Printing the Timeline view;
9.15 Sharing the plan using SharePoint;
9.16 Synchronizing with a SharePoint task list;
9.17 Emailing the project schedule;
Chapter 10: Updating and replanning;
10.1 Setting a baseline;
10.2 Clearing a baseline;
10.3 Updating an existing baseline;
10.4 Rescheduling the entire plan to start on a new date;
10.5 Updating %Complete for individual tasks;
10.6 Updating %Work Complete for specific tasks;
10.7 Setting and displaying the Status Date;
10.8 Updating %Complete for the entire project at once;
10.9 Updating tasks with Actual Start, Actual Duration, and Remaining Duration;
10.10 Updating tasks with actual work done per period and remaining work;
10.11 Rescheduling uncompleted work to a future date;
10.12 Moving tasks forward or backward in the schedule;
10.13 Amending remaining duration and work estimates;
Chapter 11: Closing the project;
11.1 Setting any remaining duration or work to zero;
11.2 Setting milestones to 100% complete;
11.3 Inactivating unnecessary tasks;
11.4 Comparing the final schedule to the baseline;
11.5 Comparing different project versions;
11.6 Saving a plan as a template;
About the Author;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Ben does a fantastic job of making MS Project 2013 easy to under

    Ben does a fantastic job of making MS Project 2013 easy to understand and walks you through the basics of using the tool. The book is organized, well thought out and easy to follow for beginners and provides concise steps that enable anyone to learn quickly. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn MS Project 2013.

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