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Making Effective Business Decisions Using Microsoft Project

Book Description

A guide to Microsoft Project that focuses on developing a successful project management strategy across the organization to drive better decisions

Making Effective Business Decisions Using Microsoft Project goes far beyond the basics of managing projects with Microsoft Project and how to set up and use the software. This unique guide is an indispensable resource for anyone who operates within a Project Management Operation (PMO) or is affected by the adoption of project management within an organization. Its focus is to provide practical and transitional information for those who are charged with making decisions and supporting corporate and strategic objectives, and who face cost and resource constraints.

Because more and more companies are aligning project management with their business strategies, the book not only provides guidance on using Microsoft Project and teaching project management skills, but also includes important information on measuring results and communicating with the executive branch. It also provides valuable guidance in using SharePoint Server for social networking and working within a team.

Clearly written and presented, the book:

  • Covers work management using Microsoft Project at multiple levels within an organization

  • Focuses on using Microsoft Project 2010 to integrate and support overall organizational strategies

  • Includes hundreds of graphics, screen shots, and annotations that make it the most accessible and usable guide available on the subject

Making Effective Business Decisions Using Microsoft Project is a valuable reference for project managers at all levels, and it sets a new standard for training manuals used by businesses that teach courses on project management using Microsoft Project.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. CHAPTER 1: BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE: KNOWLEDGE OF KEY SUCCESS INGREDIENTS FOR PROJECT SERVER 2010
    1. IN THIS CHAPTER
    2. MAXIMIZING PPM INGREDIENTS, CULTURE, AND TECHNOLOGY FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS
    3. WHAT IS THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT LIFECYCLE?
    4. INFORMATION: WHAT FUELS A PMO'S SUCCESS?
    5. STAKEHOLDERS IN A PROJECT MANAGEMENT ENVIRONMENT
    6. TECHNOLOGY MEETS STRATEGY: WELCOME TO THE BUSINESS USER NETWORK
    7. IMPORTANT CONCEPTS COVERED IN THIS CHAPTER
    8. REFERENCES
  6. CHAPTER 2: VALUE PROPOSITION BY ROLE OF PROJECT SERVER 2010
    1. IN THIS CHAPTER
    2. CLAIRVOYANCE WITH PROJECT/SERVER 2010: FORECAST FUTURE RESULTS
    3. IMPORTANT CONCEPTS COVERED IN THIS CHAPTER
    4. REFERENCES
  7. CHAPTER 3: MEETING CFO NEEDS WITH PROJECT/SERVER 2010
    1. IN THIS CHAPTER
    2. HOW THE CFO GETS THE ATTENTION OF THE PMO
    3. WHAT AND WHY IS WORK MANAGEMENT CRITICAL TO ORGANIZATIONAL SUCCESS?
    4. SYNCHRONIZATION OF STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES TO ACTUAL EFFORT
    5. IMPORTANT CONCEPTS COVERED IN THIS CHAPTER
    6. REFERENCE
  8. CHAPTER 4: THE BUSINESS SHAKES HANDS WITH THE MICROSOFT PROJECT 2010 PLATFORM
    1. IN THIS CHAPTER
    2. LOGICAL ARCHITECTURE IS MORE NATURAL FOR BUSINESS USERS
    3. MICROSOFT PROJECT 2010 PLATFORM IS HIGHLY EXTENSIBLE
    4. IMPORTANT CONCEPTS COVERED IN THIS CHAPTER
    5. REFERENCES
  9. CHAPTER 5: END USERS' CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS: USING MS PROJECT 2010
    1. IN THIS CHAPTER
    2. PROJECT MANAGEMENT IN SMALL BUSINESS AND THE ENTERPRISE
    3. INITIATING AND MANAGING PROJECTS USING THE MICROSOFT PROJECT DESKTOP CLIENT
    4. BEING AN EFFECTIVE ENTERPRISE PROJECT MANAGER USING MICROSOFT PROJECT SERVER
    5. FLUENT PROJECT MANAGEMENT USING THE FLUENT UI: INTRODUCING THE RIBBON
    6. IMPORTANT CONCEPTS COVERED IN THIS CHAPTER
    7. REFERENCES
  10. CHAPTER 6: THINKING LOCAL, GOING SOCIAL: PROJECT TEAMS CAN THRIVE USING MICROSOFT PROJECT SERVER 2010
    1. IN THIS CHAPTER
    2. PROJECT MANAGEMENT LOOKING AHEAD
    3. PPM LIFECYCLE
    4. IMPORTANT CONCEPTS COVERED IN THIS CHAPTER
  11. CHAPTER 7: BETTER TOGETHER: MICROSOFT PROJECT 2010 WORKSITES USING SHAREPOINT SERVER 2010
    1. IN THIS CHAPTER
    2. INTEGRATION OF COLLABORATION, SOCIAL MEDIA, AND PROJECT-RELATED INFORMATION
    3. SHAREPOINT SERVER 2010 OFFERS CRITICAL BUSINESS CAPABILITIES
    4. Search Capabilities Meeting Business User Needs
    5. BEING SOCIAL IN A PROJECT ENVIRONMENT
    6. IMPORTANT CONCEPTS COVERED IN THIS CHAPTER
  12. CHAPTER 8: EFFECTIVE TRANSITION OF STRATEGY AND EXECUTION: PROGRAM MANAGEMENT USING MICROSOFT PROJECT SERVER 2010
    1. IN THIS CHAPTER
    2. PROJECTS ARE THE “HOW,” PROGRAMS ARE THE “WHY”
    3. IMPORTANT CONCEPTS COVERED IN THIS CHAPTER
    4. REFERENCES
  13. CHAPTER 9: INTELLIGENT BUSINESS PLANNING AND CONTROLLING USING MICROSOFT PROJECT 2010
    1. IN THIS CHAPTER
    2. UNDERSTANDING STRATEGIC PLANNING WITH PROJECT SERVER
    3. CREATING AND MANAGING PORTFOLIO LIFECYCLE FOR PROJECT SERVER
    4. UNDERSTANDING AND BUILDING BUSINESS DRIVERS
    5. USING PROJECT SERVER TO MASTER DEMAND MANAGEMENT
    6. BUILDING PROJECT SELECTION CRITERIA
    7. WHAT THE EFFICIENT FRONTIER IS AND HOW TO USE IT
    8. WORKING WITH CONSTRAINTS IN PORTFOLIO PLANNING
    9. CREATING AND RUNNING MULTIPLE SCENARIOS FOR PORTFOLIO PLANNING
    10. APPLYING STRATEGIC ANALYSIS FOR CORPORATE TO DEPARTMENTAL NEEDS
    11. COMMITTING NEW WORK PORTFOLIOS AND MEASURING FOR ROI
    12. PROJECT SERVER OPTIMIZING GOVERNANCE FOR PMOS
    13. IMPORTANT CONCEPTS COVERED IN THIS CHAPTER
    14. REFERENCES
  14. CHAPTER 10: INTELLIGENT BUSINESS PLANNING AND REPORTING USING MICROSOFT PROJECT 2010
    1. IN THIS CHAPTER
    2. WHAT IS DYNAMIC REPORTING …
    3. CREATING EASY-TO-ACCESS REPORTING IN PROJECT SERVER/SHAREPOINT BI
    4. IMPORTANT CONCEPTS COVERED IN THIS CHAPTER
  15. Index