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Planning and Control Using Microsoft Project 2013 & PMBOK Guide


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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

About the Author

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, an Approved PRINCE2 Trainer 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 and Primavera software.


Project Management tools and standards keep evolving, so it is great to see the Paul Harris books are also evolving. Paul has been writing these excellent references for some time now, but the quality and depth of content just keeps getting better and better. There is plenty of information out there in the internet relating to PMBOK and MS Project, but none as comprehensive and in depth as this book. Covering the PMBOK process steps relating to scheduling, it explains both the how and the why when it comes to MS Project. Sure you can self-teach, sure you can trawl the internet discussion forums. The smart investment of time and effort is in one of Paul's books. They meet the needs of the novice, right through to the advanced user helping people plan, update and report consistently. The book is a guide, it is a reference, it is a self-paced training course, it is so much more. Martin Vaughan, Director, Core Consulting Group, Melbourne, AU. An accurate and maintainable project plan is critical for project success. Paul Harris has created a book that not only introduces a very powerful Project Management tool, Microsoft Project 2013, and he also provides PMBOK Guide process context and the steps to ensure that a plan is created that is accurate and maintainable! In addition, Paul has provided a single example project that is developed through a series of workshops in the context of the PMBOK Guide processes. Each workshop includes a set of correct answers and screen shots to confirm the correct use and understanding of the way Microsoft Project helps project managers manage their planning data. The screen shots are carefully crafted to communicate each step of the way supported by text that is clear and written for the project manager in their language. Bruce McNaughton, Director, Customer Driven Solutions Limited

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