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Microsoft Office Project 2003 bible
Marmel, Elaine J.
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Publication Information:
Hoblken, NJ ; Chichester : Wiley, 2004.
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xxxii, 924 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
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Includes index and CD-ROM.
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A comprehensive, soup-to-nuts resource that shows business people how to master the latest version of this popular project-management software Begins with an overview of project management basics and moves on to showing how to create a new project, track a project's progress, and work in groups More advanced topics discussed include customizing Project, using macros, and importing and exporting information Includes coverage of building tasks, using views, modifying the appearance of a project, and resolving scheduling and resource problems, plus new sample projects and a new chapter on using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and VBScript with Project Provides expanded coverage of Project Server-installation, hardware and software requirements, and software configurations-all needed to ensure that Project Server is administered and used effectively

CD-ROM includes sample projects, bonus appendixes, and demo software.

Author Notes

Elaine Marmel is president of Marmel Enterprises, Inc., an organization that specializes in technical writing and software training. She routinely employs project management software and skills to manage critical business projects, and otherwise spends most of her time writing. Elaine has authored or coauthored more than 30 books about software, including Project, Word for Windows, Word for the Mac, Quicken for Windows, Quicken for DOS, 1-2-3 for Windows, Lotus Notes, and Excel. Elaine is a contributing editor to the monthly magazines Peachtree Extra and QuickBooks Extra .
Elaine left her native Chicago for the warmer climes of Florida (by way of Cincinnati, Ohio; Jerusalem, Israel; Ithaca, New York; and Washington, D.C.) where she basks in the sun with her PC, her dog, Josh, and her cats, Cato, Watson, and Buddy. Elaine also sings in the Toast of Tampa, an International Champion Sweet Adeline barbershop chorus.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Part I Project Management Basicsp. 1
Chapter 1 The Nature of Projectsp. 3
Understanding Projectsp. 3
The Life Cycle of a Projectp. 14
Summaryp. 19
Chapter 2 Exploring the Microsoft Project Environmentp. 21
Taking a First Look at Projectp. 21
What's New in Project 2003p. 38
Summaryp. 41
Part II Getting Your Project Goingp. 43
Chapter 3 Creating a New Projectp. 45
Gathering Informationp. 45
Opening a Project Filep. 48
Establishing Basic Project Informationp. 50
Looking at Project Calendarsp. 53
Entering Tasksp. 58
Adding Subtasksp. 60
Saving Project Filesp. 63
Working with a Project Outlinep. 66
Getting Helpp. 74
Summaryp. 77
Chapter 4 Building Tasksp. 79
Establishing Timing for Tasksp. 79
Assigning Task Timingp. 82
Using Recurring Tasksp. 90
Establishing Constraints and Deadline Datesp. 94
Manipulating the Gantt Chart to View Timingp. 97
Entering Task Notesp. 100
Establishing Dependencies among Tasksp. 102
Viewing Dependenciesp. 114
Deleting Dependenciesp. 115
Summaryp. 116
Chapter 5 Creating Resources and Assigning Costsp. 117
Understanding Resourcesp. 117
Creating a Resource Listp. 120
Modifying Resource Informationp. 124
Using Resources and Tasksp. 132
Handling Unusual Cost Situationsp. 141
Summaryp. 147
Part III Refining Your Projectp. 149
Chapter 6 Understanding the Basics of Viewsp. 151
What Is a View?p. 151
Examining Indicatorsp. 155
Admiring the Viewsp. 156
Printing Your Projectp. 197
Summaryp. 202
Chapter 7 Using Views to Gain Perspectivep. 203
Customizing Viewsp. 203
Ordering Tasks in a Viewp. 216
Filtering Views to Gain Perspectivep. 230
Summaryp. 243
Chapter 8 Modifying the Appearance of Your Projectp. 245
Changing Project's Looksp. 245
Using the Gantt Chart Wizardp. 247
Formatting Elements One by Onep. 251
Inserting Drawings and Objectsp. 273
Summaryp. 285
Chapter 9 Resolving Scheduling Problemsp. 287
Resolving Scheduling Conflictsp. 287
Using the Critical Path to Shorten a Projectp. 298
Using Multiple Critical Pathsp. 305
Summaryp. 308
Chapter 10 Resolving Resource Problemsp. 309
Understanding How Resource Conflicts Occurp. 309
Spotting Resource Conflictsp. 311
Resolving Conflictsp. 315
Summaryp. 332
Part IV Tracking Your Progressp. 333
Chapter 11 Understanding Trackingp. 335
Understanding the Principles of Trackingp. 335
Using Baselinesp. 338
Changing the Baselinep. 341
Viewing Progress with the Tracking Gantt Viewp. 345
Understanding Tracking Strategiesp. 351
Summaryp. 353
Chapter 12 Recording Actualsp. 355
Organizing the Updating Processp. 355
Understanding Calculation Optionsp. 356
Updating Tasks to Reflect Actual Informationp. 360
Using Actuals and Costsp. 366
Techniques and Tips for Updatingp. 371
Reviewing Progressp. 378
Summaryp. 383
Chapter 13 Reporting on Progressp. 385
Reporting Commonalitiesp. 385
Looking at the Big Picturep. 388
Generating Reports on Costsp. 391
Producing Reports on Timep. 395
Making Reports on Work Assignmentsp. 399
Presenting Reports on Workloadsp. 402
Customizing Reportsp. 405
Summaryp. 410
Chapter 14 Analyzing Financial Progressp. 411
Understanding Earned Valuep. 411
Evaluating Cost Informationp. 421
Making Adjustments During the Projectp. 436
Summaryp. 438
Part V Working in Groupsp. 439
Chapter 15 Coordinating Multiple Projects Outside Project Serverp. 441
Consolidating Projectsp. 441
Understanding Consolidated Projects and Dependenciesp. 453
Viewing Multiple Projectsp. 458
Viewing the Critical Path across Projectsp. 459
Sharing Resources Among Projectsp. 462
Summaryp. 468
Chapter 16 Using Project in an E-mail Workgroupp. 469
Setting Up an E-mail Workgroupp. 470
Building a Resource Workgroupp. 477
Communicating via E-mailp. 478
Customizing Your Workgroupp. 487
Establishing Management Proceduresp. 489
Sending Notes and Routing Filesp. 489
Using the Web Toolbarp. 492
Working with Hyperlinksp. 493
Summaryp. 498
Part VI Project, Project Web Access, and Project Serverp. 499
Chapter 17 Preparing to Use Project Serverp. 501
Understanding Project Server and Project Web Accessp. 501
Planning the Projectp. 504
Avoiding the Pitfallsp. 510
Summaryp. 512
Chapter 18 Installing and Configuring Project Serverp. 513
Reviewing Requirementsp. 513
Installing Peripheral Softwarep. 518
Installing and Configuring Windows SharePoint Servicesp. 528
Installing Project Serverp. 539
Connecting to Project Server through Project Web Accessp. 549
Troubleshooting Your Installationp. 558
Summaryp. 559
Chapter 19 Organizational Roles and Project Server: The Administratorp. 561
Double-Checking the Settingsp. 562
Managing Usersp. 578
Managing Enterprise Project Versionsp. 581
Working with the Enterprise Global Templatep. 583
Setting Up and Editing Enterprise Resourcesp. 587
Importing Projectsp. 593
Setting Up Administrative Projectsp. 597
Customizing Project Web Accessp. 599
Completing Housekeeping Choresp. 605
Summaryp. 620
Chapter 20 Organizational Roles and Project Server: The Project/Resource Managerp. 623
Connecting to Project Serverp. 624
Creating a Web-Based Projectp. 628
Summaryp. 665
Chapter 21 Organizational Roles and Project Server: The Day-to-Day Userp. 667
Logging on to Project Web Accessp. 668
Reviewing the Home Pagep. 669
Changing Your Passwordp. 670
Working with Your Tasksp. 673
Working with Documentsp. 692
Viewing Informationp. 698
Reporting Statusp. 702
Logging Offp. 704
Summaryp. 704
Chapter 22 Organizational Roles and Project Server: The Executivep. 705
Reviewing Your Portfoliop. 705
Identifying Trends and Potential Problemsp. 708
Answering the Famous "What If" Questionp. 713
Summaryp. 724
Part VII Advanced Microsoft Projectp. 725
Chapter 23 Customizing Microsoft Projectp. 727
Using Custom Fieldsp. 727
Customizing the Interfacep. 737
Summaryp. 756
Chapter 24 Using Macros to Speed Your Workp. 757
Using Macrosp. 757
Recording Macrosp. 758
Running Macrosp. 761
Using Shortcuts to Run Macrosp. 762
Summaryp. 772
Chapter 25 Customizing Microsoft Project Using VBA and Active Scriptingp. 773
Example 1 Creating a Filter to See Critical Tasks and Resource Assignmentsp. 774
Example 2 Creating a UserForm Object to Adjust Workp. 783
Example 3 Customizing the Project Guidep. 800
Summaryp. 814
Chapter 26 Importing and Exporting Project Informationp. 815
Understanding General Importing and Exporting Conceptsp. 815
Exporting Informationp. 816
Importing Informationp. 835
Troubleshootingp. 847
Summaryp. 850
Chapter 27 Project Case Studiesp. 851
Case 1p. 851
Case 2p. 855
Case 3p. 856
Case 4p. 858
Case 5p. 860
Case 6p. 864
Case 7p. 866
Case 8p. 868
Case 9p. 869
Summaryp. 871
Part VIII Appendixesp. 873
Appendix A What's on the CD-ROMp. 875
Appendix B Project Management Worksheet
Appendix C Available Fields and Functions for Custom Field Formulas
Appendix D Project Management Resources
Indexp. 885
License Agreementp. 925