A friendly reference guide to Microsoft Project, the leading enterprise project management software As project management software, Microsoft Project allows you to oversee your business activities effectively. You can manage resources, share project info, perform modeling and scenario analysis, and standardize reporting processes. This easy-to-understand guide is completely updated to cover the latest changes and newest enhancements to Project 2010 and shows you how to get Project 2010 to work for you. After an introduction to basic project management concepts, you’ll discover the mechanics of using Project software to create and manage projects. Other topics covered include working with calendars, using and sharing resources, budgeting, formatting taskbars, gathering and tracking data, working with reports, and creating templates. Microsoft Project allows you to manage resources, share project information, perform scenario analysis, and standardize reporting processes Offers completely updated coverage of the new Project 2010, which is expected to implement the Office Ribbon Reviews formatting taskbars, gathering and tracking data, and working with reports Addresses using and sharing resources, creating templates, and managing projects Let the friendly For Dummies writing style guide you through maximizing the new features of Project 2010.
Introduction. Part I: Setting the Stage for Project. Chapter 1: Project Management: What It Is, and Why You Should Care. Chapter 2: The Best-Laid Plans. Chapter 3: Mark It on Your Calendar. Chapter 4: A Tisket, a Task Kit. Chapter 5: Getting Your Outline in Line. Chapter 6: Timing Is Everything. Part II: People Who Need People. Chapter 7: Optimizing Your Resources. Chapter 8: What’s All This Gonna Cost? Chapter 9: Assigning Resources to Get Things Done. Part III: Well, It Looks Good on Paper. Chapter 10: Fine-Tuning Your Plan. Chapter 11: Making Your Project Look Good. Part IV: Avoiding Disaster: Staying on Track. Chapter 12: It All Begins with a Baseline. Chapter 13: On the Right Track. Chapter 14: A Project with a View: Observing Progress. Chapter 15: You’re Behind: Now What? Chapter 16: Spreading the News: Reporting. Chapter 17: Getting Better All the Time. Part V: Working with Enterprise Projects. Chapter 18: Project Web App for the Project Manager. Chapter 19: Project Web App for the Team Member. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 20: Ten Golden Rules of Project Management. Chapter 21: Ten Project Management Software Products to Explore. Index.
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In charge of a project? Manage it better with Project 2010 and this book! If you've never used project management software before — or you've used previous versions of Project and want to master the all-new Project 2010 interface and features — this is the book for you! You'll find the project management concepts you need to know, how Project 2010 works and how to get up to speed, what's new, and most importantly, how to apply it to a real project. What do I do with this thing? — set up Project, learn what types of input you need to provide, and begin building project plans Be resourceful — create and assign work resources, material resources, and fixed costs, and manage resources effectively A perfect fit — ensure your project has a high chance of success by fine-tuning your plan Running on rails — learn to use baselines, track progress and materials, and create reports that help keep projects on track Enterprise options — get an overview of online collaborative features using Project Server, Web Application, and SharePoint Open the book and find: How to maximize control with the new manual scheduling feature Your way around the Project interface The new Timeline and Team Planner views Tips on assigning resources Advice on communicating with your team All about reports and how to use them Scheduling help from the new Task Inspector Learn to: Manage project schedules with Project 2010 Work with new scheduling tools and the Ribbon interface Assign and share resources and understand calendars Create impressive reports