Synopses & Reviews
Learn best practices and proven methods from project management professionals—and apply these skills as you work with Microsoft Project. In this practical guide, project management expert Bonnie Biafore shows you how to manage projects efficiently and effectively, sharing the real-world experiences of project managers in several industries. You'll learn how to put the best practices and hard-won lessons of experts to work on your critical projects.
Sharpen the skills you need to manage projects expertly—from start to finish
- Communicate effectively with project stakeholders, management, and team members
- Apply methods to break down the project into small, manageable pieces
- Define work assignments, choose resources, and build project schedules
- Accurately estimate project costs and work with a budget
- Identify project changes and manage risks
- Track progress and balance priorities without sacrificing quality
- Document project history and lessons learned to help improve future projects
Project files available on the companion website.
Experience learning made easy-and quickly teach yourself how to manage your projects with Project 2010. With Step By Step, you set the pace-building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them! Topics include building a project plan and fine-tuning the details; scheduling tasks, assigning resources, and managing dependencies; monitoring progress and costs; keeping projects on track; communicating project data through Gantt charts and other views.
About the Author
Bonnie Biafore has always been a zealous planner, whether setting up software demos, cooking gourmet meals, or scheduling a vacation to test the waters of spontaneity. Ironically, fate, not planning, turned this obsession into a career as a project manager. When she isn't managing projects for clients, Bonnie writes about project management, small business accounting, personal finance, investing, and technology. She's also branching out into other "dry" topics with articles for the Wine Enthusiast. As an engineer, she's fascinated by how things work and how to make things work better. She has a knack for mincing dry subjects like accounting and project management into easy to understand morsels and then spices them to perfection with her warped sense of humor.
Bonnie is the award-wining author of more than a dozen books including Quicken 2009: The Missing Manual, QuickBooks 2009: The Missing Manual, Project 2007: The Missing Manual, the Better Investing Stock Selection Handbook (which won an APEX Award of Distinction), Online Investing Hacks, and On Time! On Track! On Target!. She also writes regularly about financial topics for Better Investing bankrate.com and interest.com. When unshackled from her computer, she hikes in the mountains, cycles, rehabilitates horses, cooks gourmet food, and, most importantly, tries saying no to additional work assignments.
Table of Contents
'Acknowledgments; Introducing Microsoft Project 2010; New Features; Lets Get Started!; Modifying the Display of the Ribbon; Dynamic Ribbon Elements; Changing the Width of the Ribbon; Adapting Exercise Steps; Features and Conventions of This Book; Using the Practice Files; Getting Help; Getting Help with This Book and Its Practice Files; Getting Help with Project 2010; Simple Scheduling; Chapter 1: A Guided Tour of Project; 1.1 Introducing Project; 1.2 The Backstage: Managing Files and Setting Options; 1.3 The Ribbon and Tabs: Finding the Features You Want; 1.4 Views: Working with Schedule Details the Way You Want; 1.5 Key Points; Chapter 2: Creating a Task List; 2.1 Creating a New Project Plan; 2.2 Entering Task Names; 2.3 Entering Durations; 2.4 Entering a Milestone; 2.5 Organizing Tasks into Phases; 2.6 Linking Tasks; 2.7 Switching Task Scheduling from Manual to Automatic; 2.8 Setting Nonworking Days; 2.9 Checking the Plans Duration; 2.10 Documenting Tasks and the Project Plan; 2.11 Key Points; Chapter 3: Setting Up Resources; 3.1 Setting Up Work Resources; 3.2 Entering Resource Capacity; 3.3 Entering Resource Pay Rates; 3.4 Adjusting Working Time for Individual Resources; 3.5 Setting Up Cost Resources; 3.6 Documenting Resources; 3.7 Key Points; Chapter 4: Assigning Resources to Tasks; 4.1 Assigning Work Resources to Tasks; 4.2 Controlling Work When Adding or Removing Resource Assignments; 4.3 Assigning Cost Resources to Tasks; 4.4 Key Points; Chapter 5: Formatting and Sharing Your Plan; 5.1 Customizing the Gantt Chart View; 5.2 Customizing the Timeline View; 5.3 Drawing on a Gantt Chart; 5.4 Copying Views; 5.5 Printing Views; 5.6 Customizing and Printing Reports; 5.7 Key Points; Chapter 6: Tracking Progress on Tasks; 6.1 Saving a Project Baseline; 6.2 Tracking a Project as Scheduled; 6.3 Entering a Tasks Completion Percentage; 6.4 Entering Actual Values for Tasks; 6.5 Key Points; Advanced Scheduling; Chapter 7: Fine-Tuning Task Details; 7.1 Adjusting Task Relationships; 7.2 Setting Task Constraints; 7.3 Interrupting Work on a Task; 7.4 Adjusting Working Time for Individual Tasks; 7.5 Changing Task Types; 7.6 Entering Deadline Dates; 7.7 Entering Fixed Costs; 7.8 Setting Up a Recurring Task; 7.9 Viewing the Projects Critical Path; 7.10 Scheduling Summary Tasks Manually; 7.11 Inactivating Tasks; 7.12 Key Points; Chapter 8: Fine-Tuning Resource Details; 8.1 Setting Up Resource Availability to Apply at Different Times; 8.2 Entering Multiple Pay Rates for a Resource; 8.3 Setting Up Pay Rates to Apply at Different Times; 8.4 Setting Up Material Resources; 8.5 Key Points; Chapter 9: Fine-Tuning Assignment Details; 9.1 Delaying the Start of Assignments; 9.2 Applying Contours to Assignments; 9.3 Applying Different Cost Rates to Assignments; 9.4 Assigning Material Resources to Tasks; 9.5 Viewing Resource Capacity; 9.6 Adjusting Assignments in the Team Planner View; 9.7 Key Points; Chapter 10: Fine-Tuning the Project Plan; 10.1 Examining Resource Allocations over Time; 10.2 Resolving Resource Overallocations Manually; 10.3 Leveling Overallocated Resources; 10.4 Checking the Projects Cost and Finish Date; 10.5 Key Points; Chapter 11: Organizing Project Details; 11.1 Sorting Project Details; 11.2 Grouping Project Details; 11.3 Filtering Project Details; 11.4 Customizing Tables; 11.5 Customizing Views; 11.6 Key Points; Chapter 12: Tracking Progress on Tasks and Assignments; 12.1 Updating a Baseline; 12.2 Tracking Actual and Remaining Values for Tasks and Assignments; 12.3 Tracking Timephased Actual Work for Tasks and Assignments; 12.4 Rescheduling Incomplete Work; 12.5 Key Points; Chapter 13: Viewing and Reporting Project Status; 13.1 Identifying Tasks that Have Slipped; 13.2 Examining Task Costs; 13.3 Examining Resource Costs; 13.4 Reporting Project Cost Variance with a Stoplight View; 13.5 Key Points; Chapter 14: Getting Your Project Back on Track; 14.1 Troubleshooting Time and Schedule Problems; 14.2 Troubleshooting Cost and Resource Problems; 14.3 Troubleshooting Scope-of-Work Problems; 14.4 Key Points; Special Subjects; Chapter 15: Applying Advanced Formatting and Printing; 15.1 Formatting a Gantt Chart View; 15.2 Formatting a Timeline View; 15.3 Formatting a Network Diagram View; 15.4 Formatting a Calendar View; 15.5 Printing Views: Advanced Options; 15.6 Printing Reports: Advanced Options; 15.7 Key Points; Chapter 16: Customizing Project; 16.1 Sharing Custom Elements Between Project Plans; 16.2 Recording Macros; 16.3 Editing Macros; 16.4 Customizing the Ribbon and Quick Acccccccess Toolbar; 16.5 Key Points; Chapter 17: Sharing Project Information with Other Programs; 17.1 Copying Project Data to Other Programs; 17.2 Opening Other File Formats in Project; 17.3 Saving to Other File Formats from Project; 17.4 Generating Visual Reports with Excel and Visio; 17.5 Guided Tour: Synchronizing Task Lists Between Project and SharePoint (Project Professional only); 17.6 Key Points; Chapter 18: Consolidating Projects and Resources; 18.1 Creating a Resource Pool; 18.2 Viewing Assignment Details in a Resource Pool; 18.3 Updating Assignments in a Sharer Plan; 18.4 Updating a Resources Information in a Resource Pool; 18.5 Updating All Plans Working Times in a Resource Pool; 18.6 Linking New Project Plans to a Resource Pool; 18.7 Opening a Sharer Plan and Updating a Resource Pool; 18.8 Consolidating Project Plans; 18.9 Creating Dependencies Between Projects; 18.10 Key Points; Appendices; A Short Course in Project Management; Understanding What Defines a Project; The Project Triangle: Viewing Projects in Terms of Time, Cost, and Scope; Time, Cost, and Scope: Managing Project Constraints; Managing Your Projects with Project; Roadmap for Developing Your Project and Project Management Skills; Joining a Project Learning Community; Joining a Project Management Learning Community; Final Words; Using the Practice Files if Connected to Project Server; Changing Account Settings if Connected to Project Server; Introduction to Enterprise Project Management; Using Microsoft Project 2010 Step by Step in a Classroom: Suggestions for Instructors; Matching Content to Instructional Needs; Teaching Project Management with Project; Glossary; About the Authors;\n