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  • NEW - Comprehensive coverage of both versions of Microsoft Project 2003: Project Standard and Microsoft Office Enterprise Project Management (EPM).
    • Covers the skills students will need to succeed with Microsoft Project regardless of their role or responsibilities.

  • NEW - Comprehensive coverage of Microsoft Project 2003's improved Web-based project management and collaboration features.
    • Helps students make the most of the Web and intranets in managing even the most complex and far-flung projects.

  • NEW - CD-ROM containing additional project management tools.
    • Gives students additional practical resources for mastering project management with Project 2003.

  • Start-to-finish coverage of the entire project management process—Organized to follow the typical project lifecycle: starting a project, developing and implementing a plan, tracking and analyzing progress, adjusting to changes and unforeseen events, and preparing final reports.
    • Helps students understand Microsoft Project 2003 in the context of actual project management environments.

  • Detailed step-by-step techniques—Walks students one step at a time through using all key Project 2003 features, including starting new projects, creating task lists, scheduling, reviewing project plans, printing views and reports, ongoing tracking and analysis, data sharing, and much more.
    • Enables students to rapidly master all the Microsoft Project 2003 skills they will need.

  • Practical overview of the discipline of project management—Begins with a simple and practical guide to managing projects, and a clear explanation of how Microsoft Project 2003 can help.
    • Gives students the context they need to succeed with project management in general, and Microsoft Project 2003 in particular.

  • Hundreds of notes, tips, and cautions—Gives students practical, hard-won insights they would otherwise have to learn from experience.
    • Shows students how to become effective with Microsoft Project 2003 far more quickly.

  • Troubleshooting coverage in virtually every chapter—Presents a wide range of troubleshooting topics and techniques.
    • Shows students how to avoid and resolve the most common problems they will face in working with Microsoft Project 2003.

  • Downloadable source files at companion Web site—Enables students to explore sample projects while following along in the book, or experiment on their own.
    • Gives students essential hands-on practice for mastering Microsoft Project 2003 more rapidly and understanding it at a deeper level.

  • Lead author: Tim Pyron, one of the worlds leading Microsoft Project experts—Authored by the editor of Woodys Project Watch, one of the worlds leading publications for Microsoft Project users.
    • Gives students confidence that they are receiving information that is thorough, accurate, clear, and useful—and reflects the challenges Microsoft Project 2003 users actually face.


  • Copyright 2004
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-3072-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3072-5

This book provides readers with everything they need to make the most of Project 2003. Project 2003 helps users manage projects indepently or as part of a large organization. Business professionals can gain access into their portfolio of projects, and collaborate on the documents, issues and risks associated with those projects.

Special Edition Using Office Project 2003, covers both Standard and Enterprise Project Management versions and provides direct answers about how to put a project schedule together. It is organized to follow the project cycle of initializing and developing a plan, implementing the plan, tracking progress and adjusting to changes and unforeseen events, and preparing the final reports.

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Setting Up a Project Document

Setting Up a Project Document

Table of Contents


Why You Should Use This Book. Why You Should Use Microsoft Project. What's New in Microsoft Project 2003. How This Book Is Organized. Special Features in This Book.


1. The Power of Microsoft Project 2003.

Exploring Project Management. What Microsoft Project 2003 Can Do for You. Some General, Common-Sense Guidelines for Project Managers. A Checklist for Using Microsoft Project. Project Management Scheduling Techniques. Troubleshooting.

2. Learning the Basics of Microsoft Project.

Starting and Exiting Microsoft Project. Exploring the Microsoft Project Window. Using Learning Aids. Introducing the Gantt Chart View. Changing Views. Scrolling and Selecting Data Fields. Troubleshooting.

3. Setting Up a Project Document.

Supplying Information for a New Project. Selecting the Environment Options. Defining a Calendar of Working Time. Troubleshooting.

4. Managing Project Files.

Saving and Protecting Files. Creating and Using Templates. Working with the Organizer and the Global File. Troubleshooting.


5. Creating a Task List.

Approaching the Planning Process. Entering Tasks in a Gantt Chart. Understanding the Fields in the Task Table. Entering Task Names. Editing the Task List. Using the Task Information Dialog Box to Edit Tasks. Entering Task Duration. Defining Milestones. Using Recurring Tasks. Attaching Notes to Tasks. Attaching Hyperlinks to Tasks. Using Other Views to Create Tasks. Outlining the Task List. Using Custom WBS Codes. Using Custom Outline Numbers. Printing the Project Task List. Troubleshooting. Project Extras: Letting Project Calculate Duration.

6. Entering Scheduling Requirements.

An Overview of Scheduling. Understanding Dependency Links. Entering Dependency Links. Working with Task Constraints. Entering Deadline Dates. Splitting Tasks Creating and Using Task Calendars. Troubleshooting. Project Extras.

7. Viewing Your Schedule.

Working with the Gantt Chart View. Adding Graphics and Text to Gantt Charts. Working with the Calendar View. Working with the Network Diagram View. Troubleshooting.


8. Defining Resources and Costs.

Understanding How Project Uses Resources and Costs. Understanding Resources and Costs. Defining the Resource Pool. Using the Resource Fields. Setting the Automatically Add New Resources and Tasks Option. Sorting Resources. Grouping Resources. Filtering Resources. Troubleshooting.

9. Understanding Resource Scheduling.

Learning About Resource Scheduling. Reviewing the Essential Components of Work Resource Assignments. Understanding the Resource Assignment Fields. Understanding the Work Formula. Choosing the Task Type. Understanding Effort-Driven Tasks. Modifying Resource Assignments. Understanding the Driver Resource Concept. Calculating Task Duration with Multiple Resources Assigned. Troubleshooting.

10. Assigning Resources and Costs to Tasks.

An Overview of Assigning Resources. Selecting the Appropriate Task Settings. Assigning Resources to Tasks. Assigning Fixed Costs and Fixed Contract Fees. Troubleshooting.

11. Resolving Resource Assignment Problems.

Understanding How Resource Overallocations Occur. Identifying Resource Overallocations. Strategies for Eliminating Resource Overallocations. Eliminating Resource Overallocations Yourself. Letting Project Level Overallocated Resources for You. Troubleshooting.


12. Reviewing the Project Plan.

Looking at the Big Picture. Realigning the Plan. Finalizing the Plan. Troubleshooting.

13. Printing Views and Reports.

Using the Print Commands. Changing the Printer Setup. Using the Project Guide Toolbar. Printing Views. Printing Project's Predesigned Reports. Troubleshooting.


14. Tracking Work on a Project.

An Overview of Tracking. Using Project Guide for Tracking. Working with Project Baselines. Tracking a Project's Performance and Costs.

15. Analyzing Progress and Revising the Schedule.

Project Management Overview. Reviewing the Current Status of a Project. Analyzing Performance with Earned Value Analysis. Revising a Schedule to Complete on Time and on Budget. Troubleshooting.


16. Working with Multiple Projects.

Using the Window Commands. Displaying Tasks from Different Files in the Same Window. Creating Subprojects and Master Projects. Creating Links Between Tasks in Separate Projects. Sharing Resources among Projects. Troubleshooting.

17. Exporting and Importing Project Data with Other File Formats.

Exchanging Project Data with Other Applications. File Formats Supported by Microsoft Project 2003. Importing Project 2003 Data from Other Project Management Applications. Exporting Project 2003 Data to Older Versions of Microsoft Project. Using the Import/Export Wizard. Saving an Entire Project in a Database. Exchanging Selected Parts of a Project with Other Formats. Using Microsoft Project 2003 As an OLE DB Provider. Troubleshooting.

18. Copying, Pasting, and Inserting Data with Other Applications.

Copying Selected Data Between Applications. Linking Selected Data Between Applications. Working with Objects. Placing Objects into Microsoft Project. Placing Project Objects into Other Applications. Troubleshooting.


19. Using the Standard Views, Tables, Filters, and Groups.

Exploring the Standard Views. Exploring the Standard Tables. Exploring the Standard Filters. Exploring the Standard Groups. Troubleshooting.

20. Formatting Views.

Using the Common Format Options in the Standard Views. Formatting the Gantt Chart View. Formatting the Calendar View. Formatting the Network Diagram View. Formatting the Task and Resource Form Views. Formatting the Resource Graph View. Formatting the Resource Usage View. Formatting the Task Usage View. Formatting the Sheet Views. Troubleshooting.

21. Customizing Views, Tables, Fields, Filters, and Groups.

Creating New Views. Using and Creating Tables. Customizing Fields. Creating Custom Filters. Creating Custom Filters with AutoFilter. Creating Custom Groups. Organizing Views and Other Custom Elements in Project Files. Troubleshooting.

22. Using and Customizing the Standard Reports.

Understanding the Standard Reports. Customizing Reports. Creating Reports. Using the Common Customization Controls. Customizing Specific Report Types. Saving and Sharing Custom Reports. Troubleshooting.

23. Customizing Toolbars, Menus, and Forms.

Altering the Behavior of Personalized Menus and Toolbars. Customizing Toolbars. Customizing Menu Bars. Customizing Forms. Troubleshooting.


24. Introduction to Microsoft Office Project Server 2003.

Enterprise Project Management Using Microsoft Office Project Server 2003. System Architecture and Requirements. Planning for Enterprise Information Sharing. Planning for Global Settings. Using Enterprise Global Settings.

25. Enterprise Project Administration.

System Administration. Project Web Access Administration. Managing Views. Building OLAP Cubes and Updating Resource Tables. Managing Project Versions. Database Administration and Management. Project Professional Administration. Managing the Enterprise Global Template. Using Enterprise Outline Codes and Custom Fields. Managing Enterprise Project and Resource Calendars. Performing Enterprise Global Backup and Restore. Importing Resources. Importing Projects.

26. Enterprise Project Management.

Using the Project Center Views. Using Project Center Build Team. Opening and Using Multiple Enterprise Projects. Check-in Projects from Project Center. Using Administrative Projects. Analyzing Enterprise Projects. Using Enterprise Templates. Working with Enterprise Versions. Working with Enterprise Project Codes.

27. Enterprise Resource Management.

An Overview of Enterprise Resource Management. Managing Enterprise Resources in Resource Center. Creating Custom Enterprise Resource Outline Code. Working with Enterprise Resources.

28. Enterprise Collaboration.

Introduction to Enterprise Collaboration. Using Project Web Access Tasks for Timesheets. Updating and Revising Timesheets. Using Project Status Reports. Storing Project Artifact Documents. Managing Risks. Managing Issues. Using Microsoft Outlook with Project Server 2003.



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