Experience learning made easy—and quickly teach yourself how to manage project resources, schedules, and scope with Project 2003. With STEP BY STEP, you can take just the lessons you need, or work from cover to cover. Either way, you drive the instruction—building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them!
Learn how to develop and present your project plan
Master the tools for managing schedules and resources effectively
Identify critical paths and manage multiple dependencies
Track progress and costs—and make real-time adjustments
Work better together—coordinating projects online with Microsoft Office Project Server 2003
Plus, sharpen your project management skills with the quick course in the Appendix!
Practice your skills using the files on CD!
Your Microsoft Office System Reference Pack on CD includes:
Twenty-five templates straight from the Microsoft Office team
Microsoft Office System Quick Reference eBook
Insider’s Guide to Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 eBook—describes new notetaking features in Office
Microsoft Computer Dictionary, Fifth Edition, eBook—10,000+ entries!
Introducing the Tablet PC eBook
Complete STEP BY STEP eBook
Skill-building practice files
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Managing a Simple Project
Chapter 1 Getting Started with Project
Managing Your Projects with Project
What Can a Scheduling Engine Do for You?
Starting Project Standard
Starting Project Professional
Creating a New Project Plan
Project Management Focus: Project Is Part of a Larger Picture
Setting Nonworking Days
Entering Project Properties
"A Database That Knows About Time"
Chapter 2 Creating a Task List
Project Management Focus: Defining the Right Tasks for the Right Deliverable
Project Management Focus: How Do You Come Up with Accurate Task Durations?
Entering a Milestone
Organizing Tasks into Phases
Project Management Focus: Top-Down and Bottom-Up Planning
Checking the Plan’s Duration
Chapter 3 Setting Up Resources
Setting Up People Resources
What Is the Best Way to Enter Resource Names?
Setting Up Equipment Resources
Setting Up Material Resources
Comparing Work and Material Resources
Entering Resource Pay Rates
Project Management Focus: Getting Resource Cost Information
Adjusting Working Time for Individual Resources
Chapter 4 Assigning Resources to Tasks
Assigning Resources to Tasks
The Scheduling Formula: Duration, Units, and Work
Assigning Additional Resources to a Task
Project Management Focus: When Should Effort-Driven Scheduling Apply?
Assigning Material Resources to Tasks
Chapter 5 Formatting and Printing Your Plan
Creating a Custom Gantt Chart View
Drawing on a Gantt Chart
Formatting Text in a View
Formatting and Printing Reports
Chapter 6 Tracking Progress on Tasks
Saving a Project Baseline
Tracking a Project as Scheduled
Entering a Task’s Completion Percentage
Entering Actual Values for Tasks
Project Management Focus: Is the Project on Track?
Advanced Project Scheduling
Chapter 7 Fine-Tuning Task Details
Adjusting Task Relationships
Setting Task Constraints
Viewing the Project’s Critical Path
Interrupting Work on a Task
Adjusting Working Time for Individual Tasks
Changing Task Types
Task Types and Effort-Driven Scheduling
Entering Deadline Dates
Entering Fixed Costs
Setting Up a Recurring Task
Chapter 8 Fine-Tuning Resource and Assignment Details
Entering Multiple Pay Rates for a Resource
Setting Up Pay Rates to Apply at Different Times
Setting Up Resource Availability to Apply at Different Times
Carl Chatfield is the co-author of Microsoft Project 2000 Step by Step and Microsoft Project Version 2002 Step by Step, both from Microsoft Press. Carl is the User Assistance Manager for Office Project at Microsoft Corporation. He is a certified Project Management Professional with extensive knowledge of Office Project as well as specific usability issues.
Timothy Johnson is a technical editor with the Office Project User Assistance group, and he previously worked as an Office Project support professional for six years. He possesses in-depth technical knowledge about the software.