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Project 2010 For Dummies Paperback – May 10 2010
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In charge of a project? Manage it better with Project 2010 and this book!
If you've never used project management software before — or you've used previous versions of Project and want to master the all-new Project 2010 interface and features — this is the book for you! You'll find the project management concepts you need to know, how Project 2010 works and how to get up to speed, what's new, and most importantly, how to apply it to a real project.
What do I do with this thing? — set up Project, learn what types of input you need to provide, and begin building project plans
Be resourceful — create and assign work resources, material resources, and fixed costs, and manage resources effectively
A perfect fit — ensure your project has a high chance of success by fine-tuning your plan
Running on rails — learn to use baselines, track progress and materials, and create reports that help keep projects on track
Enterprise options — get an overview of online collaborative features using Project Server, Web Application, and SharePoint
Open the book and find:
How to maximize control with the new manual scheduling feature
Your way around the Project interface
The new Timeline and Team Planner views
Tips on assigning resources
Advice on communicating with your team
All about reports and how to use them
Scheduling help from the new Task Inspector
Manage project schedules with Project 2010
Work with new scheduling tools and the Ribbon interface
Assign and share resources and understand calendars
Create impressive reports
About the Author
Nancy C. Muir has written more than 50 books on technology and business topics including Windows, Office applications, PCs, laptops, and Internet safety. She has presented workshops to Fortune 500 companies on project management and related software. Her credits include more than a dozen For Dummies books.
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you'll be able to use several of the applications faster than you might imagine.
It doesn't walk you through any exercises; rather, it explains things. For example, it explains the differences between Task Types but doesn't walk you through any tutorial examples where you create different Task Types and see the results of each. Rather, it just tells you the steps needed to do activities. For example, "If you want to create a Fixed Duration task, follow these steps..." and it lists the steps.
I was looking to brush up on and improve my MS Project skills, so I researched several books. I finally settled on this book and the "MS Project Step By Step" book. Fortunately, I decided to start with that book and it was a GREAT start and I very-much HIGHLY recommend that book instead of this one!
The Step-By-Step book comes with example Project Plans and walks you through examples/tutorials. I learned A LOT from that book.
Even though this "Dummies" book may serve best as a reference, there are better reference-written books/series out there than this "Dummies" book, so I urge you to also AVOID this book, even if you're looking for a reference.
My latest firm, though - wanted me to use MS Project 2010.
Sadly for me, Project 2010 has changed so much - that even when using this book - I was unable to teach myself how to use this tool. I probably just need someone to help me get started. But, unfortunately, no one in my company - can even do spreadsheets - let alone project planning software.
I draw my own `fake' Gantt charts using MS Excel. That's more than advanced enough for everyone else I work with.
(Plus, I'd rather keep my `slack' time secret.)
Unless you really need its features - Project 2010 is overkill - and so is this book. I don't think I've ever felt - dummier.