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Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytimeby Katherine Murray
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So youve been asked to lead a project—congratulations! Whether youre new to project management, or just need to brush up, this easy-to-read guide teaches you the essential skills you need to succeed at this critically important task. Expert project manager Bonnie Biafore shares her real-world experience, lessons learned, and best practices to help you manage any project. Youll learn project management methodology and the secrets for using Microsoft Project and other Microsoft Office programs to keep your projects on time, on track, and on target!
Successfully manage your projects as you discover how to:
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Keep projects on time, on track, and on target! This practical guide focuses on the core skills users need to successfully manage any project with Microsoft Office Project. Includes a companion CD with sample Project templates.
Please note: This book describes the features and capabilities of Microsoft Office 365 at the time of publication, July 2011.
Train. Coffee shop. Soccer field. Now you can connect, collaborate, and get things done—virtually anywhere—using Microsoft Office 365. Guided by business productivity expert Katherine Murray, youll get a running start with Office 365 cloud-based business services. And youll take wing as you learn best practices for connecting the people and resources you need, and orchestrating the results you want.
Connect, collaborate, consult, and create from virtually anywhere
Dive into the essential features in Microsoft Word 2010, Excel® 2010, OneNote® 2010, Outlook® 2010, and PowerPoint® 2010. This supremely organized reference is packed with hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. It's all muscle and no fluff. Let the experts help you become at ease and proficient with every program in the Office family.
About the Author
Katherine Murray is a communications expert who specializes in teaching people and businesses how to improve their productivity with Microsoft® technologies. She has written more than 50 books related to Microsoft® Office, Web technologies, and the digital lifestyle, including MICROSOFT® OFFICE WORD 2007 INSIDE OUT.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments; Introduction; About the CD; Whats on the CD; Using the CD; System Requirements; Support; Part One: Getting a Project Started; Chapter One: Meet Project Management; What Is a Project?; What Is Project Management?; The Benefits of Project Management; In Summary; Chapter Two: Selecting and Prioritizing Projects; Project Selection and the Project Manager; Criteria for Selecting Projects; Prioritizing Projects; How a Project Review Board Works; In Summary; Chapter Three: Obtaining Commitment for a Project; The Project Charter: Publicizing a Project; Working with Project Stakeholders; Obtaining and Maintaining Commitment; In Summary; Part Two: Planning a Project; Chapter Four: Planning to Achieve Success; What Is Project Planning?; Plans Change; An Overview of Project Planning; In Summary; Chapter Five: Whats the Problem?; The Problem Statement; The Project Mission Statement; Project Strategy; In Summary; Chapter Six: Visualizing Success: Scope, Objectives, and Deliverables; The Scope Statement; Project Objectives; Project Deliverables; In Summary; Chapter Seven: Building a Work Breakdown Structure; Whats a Work Breakdown Structure?; The Benefits of a WBS; Building a WBS from the Top Down; Recording a WBS; Detailing Work Packages; In Summary; Chapter Eight: Project Resources; The Responsibility Matrix; The Project Organization Chart; Putting a Project Team Together; Creating Resources in Project; In Summary; Chapter Nine: Building a Project Schedule; Estimating Effort; Defining the Sequence of Work; Adding Schedule Milestones; Refining Task Names; Assigning Resources to Tasks; Building Reality into a Schedule; Shortening a Project Schedule; In Summary; Chapter Ten: Working with a Budget; Understanding Capital Budgets; Calculating Costs in a Project Schedule; Exporting Costs from a Project Schedule; In Summary; Part Three: Carrying Out a Project; Chapter Eleven: Executing the Project Plan; A Quick Checklist; A Day in the Life of a Project Manager; In Summary; Chapter Twelve: Evaluating Project Performance; Gathering Data; Tracking Schedule Progress; Reviewing Cost and Cost Variance; Earned Value Analysis: Schedule and Cost Performance; In Summary; Chapter Thirteen: Managing Project Resources; Motivating Project Resources; Developing a Team; Evaluating Peoples Performance; In Summary; Chapter Fourteen: Communicating Information; Knowledge Is Power; The Communication Plan; Guidelines for Good Communication; Meetings That Work; Project Status Reports; Taming E-Mail; In Summary; Part Four: Controlling Projects; Chapter Fifteen: Managing Project Changes; An Overview of the Change Management Process; Tracking Changes; In Summary; Chapter Sixteen: Modifying the Project Schedule; Simplifying Solution Hunting; Fast-Tracking a Project; Splitting Long Tasks into Short Ones; Scheduling Around Other Tasks; Shortening Lag Time; Adjusting Resource Allocation; Assigning Overtime; Substituting Resources; Adding Resources to Tasks to Shorten Duration; Modifying Baselines; In Summary; Chapter Seventeen: Balancing the Budget and Other Project Variables; Cost, Scope, Quality, and Schedule; Balancing Acts; In Summary; Chapter Eighteen: Managing Risk; The Benefits of Managing Risk; The Risk-Management Plan; Tracking Risks; In Summary; Part Five: Closing Projects; Chapter Nineteen: Learning Lessons; The Importance of Lessons Learned; Collecting Lessons Learned; Documenting Lessons Learned; In Summary; Chapter Twenty: Managing Project Completion; Project Closeout Reports; Obtaining Customer Acceptance; Project Transitions; Closing Out Contracts; In Summary; Chapter Twenty-One: Archiving Historical Information; Why Chronicle Project History?; Information to Store about Projects; Ways to Build a Project Archive; Microsoft Enterprise Project Management Software; In Summary; Glossary; Appendix : About the Author;\n
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