Microsoft Project 4.0 for Windows and the MacIntosh: Setting Project Management Standards

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Microsoft Project(r) 4.0 For Windows™ and the Macintosh(r) Setting Project Management Standards Peggy J. Day Every time a project due date is missed, it costs your company money. If you want to add real dollars to your bottom line, tight project management is the one sure way to do it. Whether you're writing software or planning a space shuttle launch, completing projects on time and within budget is the key to fiscal and marketplace success. Having a standard system for planning and managing multiple projects ...
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Microsoft Project(r) 4.0 For Windows™ and the Macintosh(r) Setting Project Management Standards Peggy J. Day Every time a project due date is missed, it costs your company money. If you want to add real dollars to your bottom line, tight project management is the one sure way to do it. Whether you're writing software or planning a space shuttle launch, completing projects on time and within budget is the key to fiscal and marketplace success. Having a standard system for planning and managing multiple projects not only makes everyone's job easier, it puts you back in the driver's seat. Using standardized procedures, forms, and reporting systems, you can spot trouble a mile away and offer help when and where it's most needed. The popular and immensely readable Peggy Day guides you step-by-step toward increasing your corporate productivity using today's most popular project management program. Drawing on her many years as a project management consultant, Ms. Day names, points out, and leads you around every conceivable pitfall awaiting an organization blessed with creativity, individuality, and deadlines. If you want a guide that can show you how to manage multiple projects in an organized and efficient way, including all the steps necessary to get a quality product out the door, this is the book for you. Nervous about standardization? Relax. There's no sacrificing your company's individual goals and processes with Ms. Day at the helm. Even your most reluctant maverick will appreciate the benefits of standardization once they see how Ms. Day folds tried and true project management techniques into your company's existing goals, systems, hardware, and processes. From a basicdiscussion of the principles of project management to practical guidance on planning, implementation, and follow-up, you'll find all the information necessary to manage all the projects throughout your company.*How to target productivity to time, resources, and budget constraints*Tips on project outlines, plans, and tracking*Time-saving shortcuts*Procedures for integrating Microsoft Project(r) 4.0 with existing business plans and objectives*Guidelines for using project models with standardized proceduresNo more reinventing the wheel. Every project will be up and running faster, new managers can learn the ropes in half the time, and best of all, you'll know what's going on. Microsoft Project(r) 4.0 for Windows™ and the Macintosh(r) is the latest title in the VNR Project Management Series.

A step-by-step guide to increasing corporate productivity with today's popular project management program. This book is specifically designed to help business users integrate Project 4.0's project management design standards into existing goals, systems, hardware, and business plans. From a basic discussion of the principles of project management to practical advice on planning, implementation and follow-up, all the necessary information is here. Includes many case studies and time-saving shortcuts. Illustrated.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780442017675
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1994
  • Series: Project Management Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 7.59 (w) x 9.43 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Trademarks
Sect. I Blending Project Management With Standards 1
1 Why Standardize Project Management? 3
2 Introduction to Project Management With Standards 11
3 Doing a Needs Assessment 29
Sect. II Planning for a Successful Implementation 45
4 Opportunities and Pitfalls 47
5 Getting a Quick Start 55
6 Using Existing Documentation 63
7 A Planning Primer 77
Sect. III Putting the Standardization System Together 119
8 Organizing the Project Models 121
9 Standardizing Reports 139
10 The Project Management Standards Manual 155
Sect. IV Implementing the New Standardization System 159
11 Tracking and Controlling Your Projects 161
12 Managing Multiple Projects 185
13 Workgroup Productivity Tools - Microsoft Project 4.0 199
App. A Standardization Plan With Tasks Only in Outline Form 235
App. B Standardization Plan With Tasks in PERT Chart View 237
App. C Project Management Standards Manual: An Example 243
App. D Flowcharting the Process: An Example 253
App. E Table of Illustrative Material 255
App. F Sample Forms, Questionnaires, and Other Documents 263
Index 287
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