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Microsoft® Project 2010 Step by Step

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Experience learning made easy-and quickly teach yourself how to manage your projects with Project 2010. With Step By Step, you set the pace-building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them! Topics include building a project plan and fine-tuning the details; scheduling tasks, assigning resources, and managing dependencies; monitoring progress and costs; keeping projects on track; communicating project data through Gantt charts and other views.

Table of Contents

  1. Special Upgrade Offer
  2. A Note Regarding Supplemental Files
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Introducing Microsoft Project 2010
    1. New Features
      1. If You Are Upgrading from Project 2007
      2. If You Are Upgrading from Project 2003
    2. Let’s Get Started!
  5. Modifying the Display of the Ribbon
    1. Dynamic Ribbon Elements
    2. Changing the Width of the Ribbon
    3. Adapting Exercise Steps
  6. Features and Conventions of This Book
  7. Using the Practice Files
  8. Getting Help
    1. Getting Help with This Book and Its Practice Files
    2. Getting Help with Project 2010
  9. I. Simple Scheduling
    1. 1. A Guided Tour of Project
      1. Introducing Project
      2. The Backstage: Managing Files and Setting Options
      3. The Ribbon and Tabs: Finding the Features You Want
      4. Views: Working with Schedule Details the Way You Want
      5. Key Points
    2. 2. Creating a Task List
      1. Creating a New Project Plan
      2. Entering Task Names
      3. Entering Durations
      4. Entering a Milestone
      5. Organizing Tasks into Phases
      6. Linking Tasks
      7. Switching Task Scheduling from Manual to Automatic
      8. Setting Nonworking Days
      9. Checking the Plan’s Duration
      10. Documenting Tasks and the Project Plan
      11. Key Points
    3. 3. Setting Up Resources
      1. Setting Up Work Resources
      2. Entering Resource Capacity
      3. Entering Resource Pay Rates
      4. Adjusting Working Time for Individual Resources
      5. Setting Up Cost Resources
      6. Documenting Resources
      7. Key Points
    4. 4. Assigning Resources to Tasks
      1. Assigning Work Resources to Tasks
      2. Controlling Work When Adding or Removing Resource Assignments
      3. Assigning Cost Resources to Tasks
      4. Key Points
    5. 5. Formatting and Sharing Your Plan
      1. Customizing the Gantt Chart View
      2. Customizing the Timeline View
      3. Drawing on a Gantt Chart
      4. Copying Views
      5. Printing Views
      6. Customizing and Printing Reports
      7. Key Points
    6. 6. Tracking Progress on Tasks
      1. Saving a Project Baseline
      2. Tracking a Project as Scheduled
      3. Entering a Task’s Completion Percentage
      4. Entering Actual Values for Tasks
      5. Key Points
  10. II. Advanced Scheduling
    1. 7. Fine-Tuning Task Details
      1. Adjusting Task Relationships
      2. Setting Task Constraints
      3. Interrupting Work on a Task
      4. Adjusting Working Time for Individual Tasks
      5. Changing Task Types
      6. Entering Deadline Dates
      7. Entering Fixed Costs
      8. Setting Up a Recurring Task
      9. Viewing the Project’s Critical Path
      10. Scheduling Summary Tasks Manually
      11. Inactivating Tasks
      12. Key Points
    2. 8. Fine-Tuning Resource Details
      1. Setting Up Resource Availability to Apply at Different Times
      2. Entering Multiple Pay Rates for a Resource
      3. Setting Up Pay Rates to Apply at Different Times
      4. Setting Up Material Resources
      5. Key Points
    3. 9. Fine-Tuning Assignment Details
      1. Delaying the Start of Assignments
      2. Applying Contours to Assignments
      3. Applying Different Cost Rates to Assignments
      4. Assigning Material Resources to Tasks
      5. Viewing Resource Capacity
      6. Adjusting Assignments in the Team Planner View
      7. Key Points
    4. 10. Fine-Tuning the Project Plan
      1. Examining Resource Allocations over Time
      2. Resolving Resource Overallocations Manually
      3. Leveling Overallocated Resources
      4. Checking the Project’s Cost and Finish Date
      5. Key Points
    5. 11. Organizing Project Details
      1. Sorting Project Details
      2. Grouping Project Details
      3. Filtering Project Details
      4. Customizing Tables
      5. Customizing Views
      6. Key Points
    6. 12. Tracking Progress on Tasks and Assignments
      1. Updating a Baseline
      2. Tracking Actual and Remaining Values for Tasks and Assignments
      3. Tracking Timephased Actual Work for Tasks and Assignments
      4. Rescheduling Incomplete Work
      5. Key Points
    7. 13. Viewing and Reporting Project Status
      1. Identifying Tasks that Have Slipped
      2. Examining Task Costs
      3. Examining Resource Costs
      4. Reporting Project Cost Variance with a Stoplight View
      5. Key Points
    8. 14. Getting Your Project Back on Track
      1. Troubleshooting Time and Schedule Problems
      2. Troubleshooting Cost and Resource Problems
      3. Troubleshooting Scope-of-Work Problems
      4. Key Points
  11. III. Special Subjects
    1. 15. Applying Advanced Formatting and Printing
      1. Formatting a Gantt Chart View
      2. Formatting a Timeline View
      3. Formatting a Network Diagram View
      4. Formatting a Calendar View
      5. Printing Views: Advanced Options
      6. Printing Reports: Advanced Options
      7. Key Points
    2. 16. Customizing Project
      1. Sharing Custom Elements Between Project Plans
      2. Recording Macros
      3. Editing Macros
      4. Customizing the Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar
      5. Key Points
    3. 17. Sharing Project Information with Other Programs
      1. Copying Project Data to Other Programs
      2. Opening Other File Formats in Project
      3. Saving to Other File Formats from Project
      4. Generating Visual Reports with Excel and Visio
      5. Guided Tour: Synchronizing Task Lists Between Project and SharePoint (Project Professional only)
      6. Key Points
    4. 18. Consolidating Projects and Resources
      1. Creating a Resource Pool
      2. Viewing Assignment Details in a Resource Pool
      3. Updating Assignments in a Sharer Plan
      4. Updating a Resource’s Information in a Resource Pool
      5. Updating All Plans’ Working Times in a Resource Pool
      6. Linking New Project Plans to a Resource Pool
      7. Opening a Sharer Plan and Updating a Resource Pool
      8. Consolidating Project Plans
      9. Creating Dependencies Between Projects
      10. Key Points
  12. IV. Appendices
    1. A. A Short Course in Project Management
      1. Understanding What Defines a Project
      2. The Project Triangle: Viewing Projects in Terms of Time, Cost, and Scope
        1. Time
        2. Cost
        3. Scope
      3. Time, Cost, and Scope: Managing Project Constraints
      4. Managing Your Projects with Project
    2. B. Roadmap for Developing Your Project and Project Management Skills
      1. Joining a Project Learning Community
      2. Joining a Project Management Learning Community
      3. Final Words
    3. C. Using the Practice Files if Connected to Project Server
      1. Changing Account Settings if Connected to Project Server
      2. Introduction to Enterprise Project Management
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      1. Matching Content to Instructional Needs
      2. Teaching Project Management with Project
  13. Glossary
  14. E. About the Authors
  15. Index
  16. About the Authors
  17. Special Upgrade Offer
  18. Copyright