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microsoft office project 2003 step by step
Microsoft Office Project 2003 Step by Step
byCarl ChatfieldandTimothy Johnson ISBN:0735619557
Microsoft Press 2004 (512 pages)

This guide will help you develop and present your project plans, manage schedules and resources, manage multiple dependencies, track progress and costs--all you need to master Microsoft Project 2003.

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Microsoft Office Project 2003 Step by Step
Quick Reference
Part I - Managing a Simple Project
Chapter 1- Getting Started with Project
Chapter 2- Creating a Task List
Chapter 3- Setting Up Resources
Chapter 4- Assigning Resources to Tasks
Chapter 5- Formatting and Printing Your Plan
Chapter 6- Tracking Progress on Tasks
Part II - Advanced Project Scheduling
Chapter 7- Fine-Tuning Task Details
Chapter 8- Fine-Tuning Resource and Assignment Details
Chapter 9- Fine-Tuning the Project Plan
Chapter 10- Organizing and Formatting Project Details
Chapter 11- Printing Project Information
Chapter 12- Publishing Project Information Online
Chapter 13- Sharing Project Information with Other Programs
Chapter 14- Tracking Progress on Tasks and Assignments
Chapter 15- Viewing and Reporting Project Status
Chapter 16- Getting Your Project Back on Track
Part III - Special Subjects
Chapter 17- Applying Advanced Formatting
Chapter 18- Customizing Project
Chapter 19- Measuring Performance with Earned Value Analysis
Chapter 20- Consolidating Projects and Resources
Part IV - Introducing Project Server
Chapter 21- Planning Work with Project Server
Chapter 22- Tracking Work with Project Server
Chapter 23- Managing Risks, Issues, and Documents with Project Server
Part V - Appendixes
Appendix A- A Short Course in Project Management
Appendix B- What’s Next?
List of Sidebars
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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!

Microsoft Office Project 2003 Step by Step

Carl S. Chatfield
Timothy D. Johnson

Microsoft Press
A Division of Microsoft Corporation
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Redmond, Washington 98052-6399

Copyright 2004 by Carl S. Chatfield and Timothy D. Johnson

All rights reserved. No part of the contents of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written permission of the publisher.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Chatfield, Carl S., 1964-
Microsoft Office Project 2003 Step by Step / Carl Chatfield and Timothy Johnson.
p. cm. — (Step by step)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0-7356-1955-7
1. Microsoft Project. 2. Project management—Computer programs. I. Johnson, Timothy
D., 1962- II. Title. III. Step by step (Redmond, Wash.)

HD69.P75.C463 2003
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About the Authors

Carl S. Chatfield
Carl is the site manager for Project and FrontPage on Office Online ( Prior to his assignment to Office Online, Carl had worked on Office applications since 1991. Carl is also a technical communication instructor at the University of Washington. He is a graduate of the Masters program in Technical Communication at the University of Washington and has been certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute. He lives in Kirkland, Washington.

Timothy D. Johnson
Tim is a technical editor in the Project User Assistance team at Microsoft. Prior to joining the Project User Assistance team in 2000, he was a Project support professional for six years (going all the way back to Project 3.0—if you called Microsoft Product Support Services with a Project question, there’s a good chance you talked to Tim). Tim lives in Issaquah, Washington.


We would like to thank our families for their patience while we developed this book. From Carl: thank you Rebecca, Alden, Lathan, and Mona. From Tim: thank you Ratsamy (Mimi), Brian, and Brenda.

The authors also wish to acknowledge the members of the Project Business Unit at Microsoft—Adrian Jenkins in particular—who provided valuable and timely answers to our technical questions.