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Project 2013 For Dummies

Project 2013 For Dummies

Cynthia Snyder Stackpole

ISBN: 978-1-118-49639-8

Apr 2013

360 pages


An easy-to-understand guide to the latest version of Microsoft's enterprise project management software: Project 2013

If you've never used project management software before or if you're just getting up to speed on the new features in Project 2013, this is the book for you! With this easy-to-understand guide, you have a completely updated resource that covers the latest changes and newest enhancements to Project 2013 and shows you how to make Project 2013 work for you. After an introduction to basic project management concepts, you'll discover the mechanics of using Project software to create and manage projects. Other topics covered include working with calendars, using and sharing resources, budgeting, formatting taskbars, gathering and tracking data, working with reports, and creating templates.

  • Shows you how to manage resources, share project information, perform scenario analysis, and standardize reporting processes
  • Presents completely updated coverage of the new Project 2013
  • Reviews formatting taskbars, gathering and tracking data, and working with reports
  • Addresses using and sharing resources, creating templates, and managing projects

Take charge of your next project and ensure its success with a little help from Project 2013 For Dummies.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Project 2013 7

Chapter 1: Project Management, Project 2013, and You 9

Chapter 2: Starting the Project 21

Chapter 3: Becoming a Task Master 41

Chapter 4: The Codependent Nature of Tasks 55

Chapter 5: Estimating Task Time 69

Chapter 6: Check Out This View! 85

Part II: Managing Resources 105

Chapter 7: Creating Resources 107

Chapter 8: Working with Calendars 121

Chapter 9: Assigning Resources 135

Chapter 10: Determining a Project’s Cost 147

Part III: Before You Baseline 157

Chapter 11: Fine-Tuning Your Plan 159

Chapter 12: Negotiating Project Constraints 173

Chapter 13: Making the Project Look Good 187

Chapter 14: It All Begins with a Baseline 203

Part IV: Staying on Track 211

Chapter 15: On the Right Track 213

Chapter 16: Project Views: Observing Progress 235

Chapter 17: You’re Behind — Now What? 249

Chapter 18: Spreading the News: Reporting 265

Chapter 19: Getting Better All the Time 287

Part V: The Part of Tens 297

Chapter 20: Ten Golden Rules of Project Management 299

Chapter 21: Ten Cool Shortcuts in Project 2013 307

Appendix: Glossary 313

Index 323

Activity Duration Estimating Worksheet
Activity Resource Planning
Project Charter Sample
Project Charter Template
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