Project 2003 Personal Trainer

book cover
Project 2003 Personal Trainer
By  CustomGuide Inc
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: June 2005
ISBN: 0-596-00854-6
Pages: 240

Table of Contents  | Index

Now included with Microsoft Office, Project 2003 is the world's leading project management tool. With extensive help resources and printing assistance, Project 2003 enables users to organize and track tasks and resources efficiently to keep projects on time and within budget.

If you want to realize the immense potential of Microsoft Project 2003 and harness the many features and functionality of this powerful tool, you need Project 2003 Personal Trainer. It includes everything you want to know about Project 2003--and then plenty more. It's the most complete and engaging tutorial available for Microsoft Project.

As part of O'Reilly's new Personal Trainer Series, this book is based on content from CustomGuide (">>), a leading provider of computer training materials that fly in the face of traditional, dry course materials that bore users to tears. CustomGuide is dedicated to delivering courseware, quick references, software bulletins, and e-learning courses that are fun, flexible, and easy to use.

And this book is no exception to their rule. Project 2003 Personal Trainer lets you, whatever your technical expertise (or lack thereof), learn exactly what you need to know--at your own pace. Unlike many consumer software tutorials that dumb down (and dull up) the material or make it exceptionally technical and confusing, this book is written in a style that you'll find entertaining, easy to follow, and most of all, clear and informative.

Beginning with the fundamentals of planning and managing a project with Microsoft Project 2003, the book then includes sections on:

  • working with the task list

  • managing costs, timelines, and available resources

  • using the project database

  • viewing and updating a project

  • tracking progress

  • creating reports

  • handling multiple projects

The fully illustrated Project 2003 Personal Trainer features dozens of time-saving, task-oriented lessons, includes detailed diagrams, and comes with a fully interactive CD tutorial to guide your learning--everything you need to become a Project pro.

book cover
Project 2003 Personal Trainer
By  CustomGuide Inc
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: June 2005
ISBN: 0-596-00854-6
Pages: 240

Table of Contents  | Index

   customguide About CustomGuide, Inc.
      CustomGuide, Inc. Staff and Contributors
      About the Personal Trainer Series
      About This Book
      Conventions Used in This Book
      Using the Interactive Environment
      How to Contact Us
      Safari® Enabled
    Chapter 1.  The Fundamentals
      Lesson 1.1.  Planning the Project
      Lesson 1.2.  Understanding Project Management
      Lesson 1.3.  What's New in Project 2003?
      Lesson 1.4.  Understanding the Project 2003 Screen
      Lesson 1.5.  Using Common Views
      Lesson 1.6.  Using More Views
      Lesson 1.7.  Creating a New Project
      Lesson 1.8.  Entering the Project Scheduling Date
      Lesson 1.9.  Selecting the Project Calendar
      Lesson 1.10.  Adjusting Working Hours
      Lesson 1.11.  Adjusting Working Days
      Lesson 1.12.  Creating a New Base Calendar
      Lesson 1.13.  Using the Project Guide
      Lesson 1.14.  Printing a View
      Lesson 1.15.  Printing the Current View as a Report
      Lesson 1.16.  Getting Help
      Chapter One Review
    Chapter 2.  Entering the Task List
      Lesson 2.1.  Entering Tasks
      Lesson 2.2.  Estimating Task Duration
      Lesson 2.3.  Entering Task Duration
      Lesson 2.4.  Entering a Milestone
      Lesson 2.5.  Organizing Tasks into Phases
      Lesson 2.6.  Linking Tasks
      Lesson 2.7.  Editing Task Links
      Lesson 2.8.  Unlinking Tasks
      Lesson 2.9.  Creating Recurring Tasks
      Lesson 2.10.  Using the Task Information Dialog Box
      Lesson 2.11.  Using Task Notes
      Lesson 2.12.  Using Task Hyperlinks
      Lesson 2.13.  Moving and Copying a Task
      Lesson 2.14.  Inserting and Deleting a Task
      Chapter Two Review
    Chapter 3.  Entering and Assigning Resources
      Lesson 3.1.  Entering People Resources
      Lesson 3.2.  Entering Equipment Resources
      Lesson 3.3.  Entering Material Resources
      Lesson 3.4.  Adjusting Individual Resource Working Schedules
      Lesson 3.5.  Using Resource Notes
      Lesson 3.6.  Understanding Effort-Driven Project Scheduling
      Lesson 3.7.  Assigning Resources to Tasks
      Lesson 3.8.  Assigning Additional Resources to Tasks
      Lesson 3.9.  Assigning Material Resources to Tasks
      Chapter Three Review
    Chapter 4.  Viewing the Project
      Lesson 4.1.  Using Split Views
      Lesson 4.2.  Sorting Information
      Lesson 4.3.  Grouping Information
      Lesson 4.4.  Filtering Information
      Lesson 4.5.  Using AutoFilters
      Lesson 4.6.  Viewing Details
      Lesson 4.7.  Using Zoom
      Chapter Four Review
    Chapter 5.  Working with Tasks
      Lesson 5.1.  Overlapping Tasks
      Lesson 5.2.  Delaying Tasks
      Lesson 5.3.  Setting Task Deadlines
      Lesson 5.4.  Setting Task Constraints
      Lesson 5.5.  Splitting Tasks
      Lesson 5.6.  Understanding Task Type
      Lesson 5.7.  Assigning a Task Calendar
      Lesson 5.8.  Understanding Task Indicators
      Chapter Five Review
    Chapter 6.  Working with Resources
      Lesson 6.1.  Delaying Resource Start Time
      Lesson 6.2.  Applying Predefined Resource Contours
      Lesson 6.3.  Specifying Resource Availability Dates
      Lesson 6.4.  Grouping Resources
      Lesson 6.5.  Assigning a Resource Calendar
      Chapter Six Review
    Chapter 7.  Working with Costs
      Lesson 7.1.  Entering Resource Overtime Rates
      Lesson 7.2.  Specifying Pay Rates for Different Dates
      Lesson 7.3.  Adding Pay Rates for a Resource
      Lesson 7.4.  Applying a Different Pay Rate to an Assignment
      Lesson 7.5.  Using Material Resource Consumption Rates
      Lesson 7.6.  Entering Task Fixed Costs
      Chapter Seven Review
    Chapter 8.  Balancing the Project
      Lesson 8.1.  Scheduling Resource Overtime
      Lesson 8.2.  Identifying Resource Overallocation
      Lesson 8.3.  Balancing Resource Overallocations Manually
      Lesson 8.4.  Balancing Resource Overallocations Automatically
      Chapter Eight Review
    Chapter 9.  Updating Project Progress
      Lesson 9.1.  Saving a Baseline Plan
      Lesson 9.2.  Updating Project Progress
      Lesson 9.3.  Updating Task Actual Values
      Lesson 9.4.  Updating Task Completion Percentage
      Lesson 9.5.  Updating Actual Work
      Lesson 9.6.  Updating Actual Costs
      Chapter Nine Review
    Chapter 10.  Checking Project Progress
      Lesson 10.1.  Viewing Project Statistics
      Lesson 10.2.  Viewing Project Costs
      Lesson 10.3.  Viewing the Project's Critical Path
      Lesson 10.4.  Checking Duration Variance
      Lesson 10.5.  Checking Work Variance
      Lesson 10.6.  Checking Cost Variance
      Lesson 10.7.  Identifying Slipped Tasks
      Lesson 10.8.  Saving an Interim Plan
      Chapter Ten Review
    Chapter 11.  Working with Reports
      Lesson 11.1.  Opening a Report
      Lesson 11.2.  Adding Page Elements to a Report
      Lesson 11.3.  Sorting a Report
      Lesson 11.4.  Defining Report Contents
      Lesson 11.5.  Saving a Project as a Web Page
      Chapter Eleven Review
    Chapter 12.  Working with Multiple Projects
      Lesson 12.1.  Creating Links Between Projects
      Lesson 12.2.  Consolidating Projects
      Lesson 12.3.  Viewing Critical Paths for Multiple Projects
      Lesson 12.4.  Viewing Consolidated Project Statistics
      Lesson 12.5.  Creating a Resource Pool
      Chapter Twelve Review