Cobra Squeezes the Most from Cost Earned Value

WST Corporation (www.welcom.com), which makes its own complete project management package called Open Plan, also produces Cobra, a cost earned value management software package that you can use with Project plans. Cobra tools offer functionality in estimating, what-if modeling of costs, and budget forecasting based on information in your Project schedule. I especially like the multiple rate files feature that makes it easy to juggle several resource rates within a single project. Cobra not only...

Importing an Excel task list

I am a firm believer that you should make things easy on yourself. If you like to noodle around with your task list for a project in Excel, you shouldn't have to retype everything into Project to build a Project plan. For that reason, Microsoft has provided an Excel Task List template. This template, located in the Microsoft Office template folder, can be opened from Excel. The template provides four Excel worksheets, as shown in Figure 4-4, in which you can enter tasks, resources, and resource...

Table of Contents

About This Foolish Conventions Used in This How This Book Is Part I Setting the Stage for Part II People Who Need Part III Well, It Looks Good on Part IV Avoiding Disaster Staying on Part V Working with Enterprise Part VI The Part of Part VII What You're Not to Icons Used in This Where to Go from Part 1 Setting the Stage for Chapter 1 Project Management What Is It, and Why Should You Care The ABCs of Project The three Ts Tasks, timing, and dependencies (well, two Ts and a Lining up your...

About This Book

Microsoft Office Project 2007, the most recent incarnation of the world's most popular project management software, offers a tremendous wealth of functionality to users. However, it's probably not like any other software you've ever used, so mastering it can seem a daunting process. One trick is to understand how its features relate to what you do every day as a project manager. Another is to get someone like me to tell you all about its features and how to use them. In Microsoft Office Project...

The ABCs of Project Management

You probably handle projects day in and day out. Some are obvious, because your boss named them so that any fool would know that they're projects the Acme Drilling Project or the Network Expansion IT Project, for example. Others are less obvious, such as that speech thing you have to do on Saturday for your professional association or washing the dog. If you need to organize a company holiday party, it's a project. If you were handed a three-year Earth-exploration initiative to find oil in...

The Role of the Project Manager

Although understanding the role (let alone the usefulness) of some managers isn't always easy, it's always easy to spot the value of a project manager. This person creates the master plan for a project and tries to ensure that it gets implemented successfully. Along the way, this key person uses skills and methods that have evolved over time, always seeking to manage how things get done and generally keeping schedules on track. What exactly does a project manager do A project manager isn't...

Ten Golden Rules of Project Management

Putting good project management practices to work using Microsoft Project Creating and tracking Project schedules more efficiently Learning from your mistakes ou've heard this one You can have your deliverable on time, on budget, or done right Choose two. That's an example of some traditional project management wisdom. But how does that wisdom translate to the use of project management software Well, it's simple If you assign additional resources to a Project schedule, you add costs and time...

Project Management What Is It and Why Should You Care

Discovering how traditional project management makes the move to software Understanding what elements of a project are managed in Project Understanding the project manager's role Exploring the role of the Internet in project management Getting started using Project Guide Using a template to start a new project Saving a project file Finding help in Project My elcome to the world of computerized project management with Microsoft Project. If you've never used project management software, you're...

Getting Started

Project Project Guide

As Shakespeare said, In delay there lies no plenty. I don t know about you, but I need all the plenty I can get, so it s time to jump in and start using Project. You have three choices when starting a new project. You can use Project Guide to get Project s assistance creating a project, you can build a project on your own from scratch by entering individual task and resource details, or you can use a project template that already contains data related to your industry or the type of project you...

Setting the Stage for Project

Rich Tennant

Look you ve go-t Project Manager, Acci. lAanager, and Opportunity Manager, Tout Sucking Up to the Manager just isn t a iield -the program comes -with. MiJart I explains the types of input you have to give Project to make best use of its capabilities. You get a briefing on using Project views, using calendar settings to build Project plans, creating task outlines, and then specifying the timing and relationships that organize your project s tasks.