Synopses & Reviews
Why put yourself through all the trouble of figuring out a project management software program? And why find out about project management techniques when you've been muddling through on your own up until now? The answer is self-evident. Because you've managed projects before and you know there has to be a better way. You're ready to discover what all this project management hoopla is about, and you'd like to use Microsoft Project to do the job. You've just made two good management decisions right there.
Deep down, you're probably wondering whether this is going to hurt. You'll be relieved to know that getting to know Microsoft Project is straightforward and kind of fun. You don't have to know anything special about computers or project management to begin. Of course, once you start throwing those Gantt charts around the office, people might assume that it took grueling labor and a steel will to figure out the program. Whether you choose to display modesty or bask in their amazement will be entirely up to you.
As this book's title so subtly implies, it will show you how to use Microsoft Project 2000. But what the title doesn't say is that this book also gives you a basic explanation of project management. You'll cover all of the following topics, and more:
- Identifying project phases
- Getting comfortable with the Microsoft Project interface
- Predicting your resource needs
- Reading and creating Gantt charts
- Staying ahead of details with a calendar
- Setting budgets and reviewing costs
- Subdividing and combining projects
- Tracking your project
- Using and customizing reports
Microsoft Project 2000 For Dummies is written in a way that lets you master your project management skills by practice. The enclosed CD-ROM is loaded with a number of project files so that you can read the material and practice. In addition, you'll get evaluation and demo copies of some excellent project management programs designed to make your job even easier.
This title on Microsoft Project 2000 shows how to create schedules, outline projects, manage resources, work with various views, handle multiple projects, and create project reports. It also show how to integrate with Microsoft Office 2000, and includes a CD-ROM with sample files and documents.
Includes sample project files and more on CD-ROM
Packed with savvy tips on project management
Make the most of Microsoft Project and make every project a success Microsoft Project is a powerful tool for planning and managing projects including really complicated projects. But where do you begin? Filled with plain-English explanations and tips on the latest program features, this friendly guide shows you how to put Project to work right away and deliver results on time and under budget. all this on the bonus CD-ROM Author-created sample project files Trial versions of Visual Staff Scheduler Pro 4.0 and Project KickStart 2.05 Evaluation version of Paint Shop Pro PC running Windows 98, Windows NT 4 or later; CD-ROM drive; Microsoft Project 2000. See the CD Appendix for details and complete system requirements. Plus leading Internet tools
Discover how to: Build a powerful project plan Report your project status using e-mail Map complex projects with confidence Create a budget and monitor costs Manage people and time efficiently
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About the Author
Martin Doucette has developed educational and marketing materials for a range of clients. His previous books include Microsoft?? Project 98 For Dummies??.
Table of Contents
PART I: Starting a Protect.
Chapter 1: Getting Started with Microsoft Project 2000.
Chapter 2: Gathering Your Project Information.
PART II: Building a Project.
Chapter 3: Using Microsoft Project to Put the Pieces Together.
Chapter 4: Task Relationships.
Chapter 5: Delegating Resources to Tasks.
PART III: Analyzing a Project.
Chapter 6: Viewing Your Project from All Sides.
Chapter 7: Using the Gantt Chart for All It's Worth.
Chapter 8: Shedding Light on Relationships with the Network Diagram View.
Chapter 9: Staying Ahead of Details with a Calendar.
Chapter 10: Keeping an Eye on Resources.
Chapter 11: Filtering and Sorting Views.
PART IV: Refining a Project.
Chapter 12: Setting Budgets and Viewing Costs.
Chapter 13: Getting Your Plan Ready for Reality.
Chapter 14: Making Life Easier by Subdividing and Combining Projects.
Chapter 15: Personalizing Your Project Environment.
PART V: Tracking and Reporting a Project.
Chapter 16: Setting a Baseline and Manually Tracking a Project.
Chapter 17: Communicating Your Views.
Chapter 18: Using and Customizing Reports.
Chapter 19: Communicating in Workgroups with Microsoft Project Central.
PART VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Terrific Toolbars.
Chapter 21: Ten Innovative Ways to Spruce Up Your Project.
PART VII: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Glossary.
Appendix B: Working with Data from Other Applications.
Appendix C: About the CD.
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