Schedules, budgets, communications, resources. Projects big and small include them all, and Microsoft Project 2007 can help you control these variables -- not be controlled by them. But Project is complex software, and learning it is, well, a project in itself. Get up to speed fast with Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual. Written by project management expert Bonnie Biafore, this book teaches you how to do everything from setting budgets and tracking schedules to testing scenarios and recognizing trouble spots before your project breaks down.
Find out what's new in Project 2007 from previous versions, and get help choosing the right edition, whether it's Project Standard, Project Professional, or Enterprise Project Management Solution. With Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual, you get more than a simple software how-to. You also get a rundown on project management basics and plenty of solid advice on how to use Project to:
Define your project and plan your approach
Estimate your project, set up a budget, define tasks, and break the work into manageable chunks
Create a schedule, define the sequence of work, and learn the right way to use date constraints and deadlines
Build a project team and assign resources to tasks: "who does what"
Refine the project to satisfy objectives by building reality into the schedule, and learn to keep project costs under control
Track progress and communicate with team members via reports, information sharing, and meetings that work
Close out your project and take away valuable lessons for the future
Microsoft Project 2007 is the flagship of all project management programs, and this Missing Manual is the book that should have been in the box. No project manager should be without it.
Project Management: The Missing Manual
Chapter 1 Projects: In the Beginning
What's So Special About Projects?
What Is Project Management?
Why Manage Projects?
Picking the Right Projects
Gaining Support for a Project
Publicizing a Project and Its Manager
Chapter 2 Planning a Project
Project Planning in a Nutshell
Defining the Project
Documenting How You'll Run the Project
Laying Out Project Processes
Chapter 3 Taking Microsoft Project for a Test Drive
Creating a Project Schedule
Saving Your Project
Chapter 4 Breaking Work intoTask-Sized Chunks
Identifying the Work to Be Done
Building a WBS in Microsoft Project
Setting Up Customized WBS Codes
Documenting a WBS in Another Program
Importing a WBS into Project
Documenting Work Package Details
Chapter 5 Estimating Work Time
Understanding Work and Duration
Getting Good Estimates
Getting Estimates into Project
Chapter 6 Setting Up a Project Schedule
Creating a New Project File
Saving a New Project
Setting Up Project Options
Adding Tasks to a Project
Inserting, Moving, and Deleting Tasks
Modifying a Task's Level in the Outline
Chapter 7 Making a Schedule That's Easy to Maintain
After spending 10 years as a project manager and tech writer for Electronic Data Systems, McDonnell Douglas, and others, Bonnie Biafore became a full-time financial-software writer in 1997. She's a columnist for both Quicken.com and Better Investing magazine and the author of Quick Books 2005: The Missing Manual, Quicken 2006 for Starters: The Missing Manual, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Personal Finance.