Primarily a Microsoft Project book, it has been written for people learning to use Microsoft Project in a project environment applying the PMBOK (R) Guide Sixth Edition processes. It aims to teach readers how to plan and control projects created within the software package and stays focused on explaining how to use Microsoft Project to schedule projects by:
1. Explaining which PMBOK (R) Guide processes the software will support and which it will not support.
2. Concentrating on the core functions required to plan a project.
3. Presents workable solutions to real day to day planning and scheduling problems and contains practical advice on how to set up the software.
4. Explains some of the important differences between Microsoft Project and other scheduling software.
5. Explains some of the more difficult calculations often omitted in other books.
6. Includes exercises to reinforce the learning outcomes, a large number of screen dumps, numerous tips, a detailed index and command list at the start of each chapter as a quick reference.
7. It has a new chapter introducing Microsoft Project Server.
Paul Harris holds an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering obtained in the UK and is a Certified Cost Engineer through AACEI International, a PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner, and a "Managing Successful Programmes" Registered Practitioner. He has worked in the project controls industry for a number of years and has assisted many companies in a range of industries to set up and run project controls systems. His Melbourne, Australia based company, Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd, offers project controls consulting and training services worldwide with a strong focus on Microsoft Project, Asta Powerproject and Primavera software.
1 Introduction 2 Creating a Project Schedule 3 Navigation and Setting the Options 4 Creating Projects and Templates 5 Defining Calendars 6 Adding Tasks 7 Organizing Tasks Using Outlining 8 Formatting The Display 9 Adding Task Dependencies 10 Network Diagram View 11 Constraints 12 Filters 13 Tables and Grouping Tasks 14 Views and Details 15 Printing and Reports 16 Tracking Progress 17 Creating Resources and Costs 18 Assigning Resources and Costs to Tasks 19 Resource Optimization 20 Updating Projects with Resources 21 Project Options 22 Microsoft Project Server 23 More Advanced Scheduling 24 Tools and Techniques for Scheduling 25 Appendix 1 - Screens Used to Create Views 26 Index