Project 2003 Personal Trainer

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Now included with Microsoft Office, Project 2003 is the world's leading project management tool. With extensive help resources and printing assistance, Project 2003 enables users to organize and track tasks and resources efficiently to keep projects on time and within budget.

If you want to realize the immense potential of Microsoft Project 2003 and harness the many features and functionality of this powerful tool, you need Project 2003 Personal Trainer. It includes everything ...

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Overview

Now included with Microsoft Office, Project 2003 is the world's leading project management tool. With extensive help resources and printing assistance, Project 2003 enables users to organize and track tasks and resources efficiently to keep projects on time and within budget.

If you want to realize the immense potential of Microsoft Project 2003 and harness the many features and functionality of this powerful tool, you need Project 2003 Personal Trainer. It includes everything you want to know about Project 2003—and then plenty more. It's the most complete and engaging tutorial available for Microsoft Project.

As part of O'Reilly's new Personal Trainer Series, this book is based on content from CustomGuide (www.customguide.com), a leading provider of computer training materials that fly in the face of traditional, dry course materials that bore users to tears. CustomGuide is dedicated to delivering courseware, quick references, software bulletins, and e-learning courses that are fun, flexible, and easy to use.

And this book is no exception to their rule. Project 2003 Personal Trainer lets you, whatever your technical expertise (or lack thereof), learn exactly what you need to know—at your own pace. Unlike many consumer software tutorials that dumb down (and dull up) the material or make it exceptionally technical and confusing, this book is written in a style that you'll find entertaining, easy to follow, and most of all, clear and informative.

Beginning with the fundamentals of planning and managing a project with Microsoft Project 2003, the book then includes sections on:

  • working with the task list
  • managing costs, timelines, and available resources
  • using the project database
  • viewing and updating a project
  • tracking progress
  • creating reports
  • handling multiple projects

The fully illustrated Project 2003 Personal Trainer features dozens of time-saving, task-oriented lessons, includes detailed diagrams, and comes with a fully interactive CD tutorial to guide your learning—everything you need to become a Project pro.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596008543
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/27/2005
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

As part of our new Personal Trainer Series, this book is based on content from CustomGuide (www.customguide.com), a leading provider of computer training materials. Founded by instructors who grew dissatisfied with the industry's dry course materials, CustomGuide offers courseware (for instructors and students), quick references, software bulletins and e-learning courses that are fun, flexible, and easy to use. They must be onto something, because CustomGuide has quickly become a leading provider of computer training materials. Although CustomGuide has grown, the founders continue to have the same vision, drive, and commitment.

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Table of Contents

About CustomGuide, Inc.;
CustomGuide, Inc. Staff and Contributors;
Introduction;
About the Personal Trainer Series;
About This Book;
Conventions Used in This Book;
Using the Interactive Environment;
How to Contact Us;
Safari® Enabled;
Chapter 1: The Fundamentals;
1.1 Planning the Project;
1.2 Understanding Project Management;
1.3 What’s New in Project 2003?;
1.4 Understanding the Project 2003 Screen;
1.5 Using Common Views;
1.6 Using More Views;
1.7 Creating a New Project;
1.8 Entering the Project Scheduling Date;
1.9 Selecting the Project Calendar;
1.10 Adjusting Working Hours;
1.11 Adjusting Working Days;
1.12 Creating a New Base Calendar;
1.13 Using the Project Guide;
1.14 Printing a View;
1.15 Printing the Current View as a Report;
1.16 Getting Help;
1.17 Chapter One Review;
Chapter 2: Entering the Task List;
2.1 Entering Tasks;
2.2 Estimating Task Duration;
2.3 Entering Task Duration;
2.4 Entering a Milestone;
2.5 Organizing Tasks into Phases;
2.6 Linking Tasks;
2.7 Editing Task Links;
2.8 Unlinking Tasks;
2.9 Creating Recurring Tasks;
2.10 Using the Task Information Dialog Box;
2.11 Using Task Notes;
2.12 Using Task Hyperlinks;
2.13 Moving and Copying a Task;
2.14 Inserting and Deleting a Task;
2.15 Chapter Two Review;
Chapter 3: Entering and Assigning Resources;
3.1 Entering People Resources;
3.2 Entering Equipment Resources;
3.3 Entering Material Resources;
3.4 Adjusting Individual Resource Working Schedules;
3.5 Using Resource Notes;
3.6 Understanding Effort-Driven Project Scheduling;
3.7 Assigning Resources to Tasks;
3.8 Assigning Additional Resources to Tasks;
3.9 Assigning Material Resources to Tasks;
3.10 Chapter Three Review;
Chapter 4: Viewing the Project;
4.1 Using Split Views;
4.2 Sorting Information;
4.3 Grouping Information;
4.4 Filtering Information;
4.5 Using AutoFilters;
4.6 Viewing Details;
4.7 Using Zoom;
4.8 Chapter Four Review;
Chapter 5: Working with Tasks;
5.1 Overlapping Tasks;
5.2 Delaying Tasks;
5.3 Setting Task Deadlines;
5.4 Setting Task Constraints;
5.5 Splitting Tasks;
5.6 Understanding Task Type;
5.7 Assigning a Task Calendar;
5.8 Understanding Task Indicators;
5.9 Chapter Five Review;
Chapter 6: Working with Resources;
6.1 Delaying Resource Start Time;
6.2 Applying Predefined Resource Contours;
6.3 Specifying Resource Availability Dates;
6.4 Grouping Resources;
6.5 Assigning a Resource Calendar;
6.6 Chapter Six Review;
Chapter 7: Working with Costs;
7.1 Entering Resource Overtime Rates;
7.2 Specifying Pay Rates for Different Dates;
7.3 Adding Pay Rates for a Resource;
7.4 Applying a Different Pay Rate to an Assignment;
7.5 Using Material Resource Consumption Rates;
7.6 Entering Task Fixed Costs;
7.7 Chapter Seven Review;
Chapter 8: Balancing the Project;
8.1 Scheduling Resource Overtime;
8.2 Identifying Resource Overallocation;
8.3 Balancing Resource Overallocations Manually;
8.4 Balancing Resource Overallocations Automatically;
8.5 Chapter Eight Review;
Chapter 9: Updating Project Progress;
9.1 Saving a Baseline Plan;
9.2 Updating Project Progress;
9.3 Updating Task Actual Values;
9.4 Updating Task Completion Percentage;
9.5 Updating Actual Work;
9.6 Updating Actual Costs;
9.7 Chapter Nine Review;
Chapter 10: Checking Project Progress;
10.1 Viewing Project Statistics;
10.2 Viewing Project Costs;
10.3 Viewing the Project’s Critical Path;
10.4 Checking Duration Variance;
10.5 Checking Work Variance;
10.6 Checking Cost Variance;
10.7 Identifying Slipped Tasks;
10.8 Saving an Interim Plan;
10.9 Chapter Ten Review;
Chapter 11: Working with Reports;
11.1 Opening a Report;
11.2 Adding Page Elements to a Report;
11.3 Sorting a Report;
11.4 Defining Report Contents;
11.5 Saving a Project as a Web Page;
11.6 Chapter Eleven Review;
Chapter 12: Working with Multiple Projects;
12.1 Creating Links Between Projects;
12.2 Consolidating Projects;
12.3 Viewing Critical Paths for Multiple Projects;
12.4 Viewing Consolidated Project Statistics;
12.5 Creating a Resource Pool;
12.6 Chapter Twelve Review;
Colophon;

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