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Whether your job is to manage the construction of a building,oversee the launch of a new product, host an international event,or plan a company party, Microsoft Project 2003 can help.Microsoft Project 2003 For Dummies shows you how to use theprogram to plan, schedule, and budget all phases of a project,assign the resources, create essential reports, and monitor yourprogress. If you’re new to Project, you’ll find whatyou need to get up to speed, including info on how Project works,finding your way around, and building your first Project plan. Ifyou’ve used an earlier version of Project, you’ll delveinto Project 2003 and all of the new features it puts at yourfingertips. Complete with case histories, screen shots, andstep-by-step instructions, this guide walks you through:

  • Making calendar settings, building a task-outline, and enteringtiming and timing relationships for tasks
  • Assigning resources and material costs to tasks
  • Using scheduling and tracking tools: The Gantt Chart which isthe main view of Project; The Network Diagram (version of a PERT(program Evaluation and Review Technique) chart; Risk management;and Resource management
  • Recalculating based on what-if scenarios to solve resourceconflicts, get your costs within budget, or meet yourdeadlines
  • Understanding the task/subtask structure, creating an outline,and working with WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) codes
  • Working with a combination of cost types (fixed, work, andmaterial) and customizing costs fields with Value Lists
  • Saving your plan with a baseline
  • Using the tracking toolbar and to record actual activity,update fixed costs, and more
  • Generating and formatting standard reports (complete withgraphics), creating custom reports, and using the XML ReportingWizard

If you have Project Server (that complements Project 2003 but isnot included), this book shows you how to use Project in anenterprise environment to centralize information online and getreal online collaboration. You can publish projects to the Web,allow team members to update their progress, analyze your projectstatus, and generally communicate in one central, onlinelocation.

Microsoft Project 2003 For Dummies is complete with abonus CD-ROM that includes:

  • Add-on tools and templates
  • Case history examples
  • Test preparation questions for the Project Management Institute(PMI) certification exam
  • Milestones Project Companion and Project KickStart trialversions
  • Cobra, WBS Chart Pro, PERT Chart Expert, and TimeSheetProfessional demo versions

Use this friendly guide to get comfortable with Project.You’ll wonder how you managed without it.

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