From the Author
An entirely new approach to mastering Microsoft Project
Tim and I hope you will find our book to be a great tool for mastering the latest version of Microsoft Project. Key benefits include the following:
- The CD-ROM included with our book includes all of the practice files you need to complete the lessons, multimedia demos of many Project and Project Central features, and a fully functional 60-day evaluation version of Project 2000.
- Our book is certified and approved training material that can help you pass the new Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) core and expert level exams for Project 2000.
- It's the only book about Project 2000 available that was written by Microsoft insiders: a technical writer (me, Carl Chatfield) and a product support professional (Tim Johnson) from the Project group at Microsoft. Our combined knowledge of Project and the challenges faced by real-world users has resulted in an excellent novice to intermediate level tutorial.
Microsoft Project 2000 Step by Step focuses on doing real-world project management work with the latest version of the most popular project management program in the world, Microsoft Project. The tutorial is organized around the sound project management principle called the project triangle: define and run your project in terms of time, cost, and scope. The lessons in the tutorial follow the same order in which you manage a project: create and fine-tune a project plan, track progress, and manage variance in actual work.
Written in an approachable, friendly style, our book guides you through the rich and sometimes complex interface of Project. In addition to instructions on working in Project, each lesson contains valuable tips and shortcuts about working smarter, as well as project management principles and best practices.
Good luck with Project!
About the Author
Carl Chatfield is the co-author of Microsoft Project 2000 Step by Step and Microsoft Project Version 2002 Step by Step, both from Microsoft Press. Carl is the User Assistance Manager for Office Project at Microsoft Corporation. He is a certified Project Management Professional with extensive knowledge of Office Project as well as specific usability issues.
Timothy Johnson is a technical editor with the Office Project User Assistance group, and he previously worked as an Office Project support professional for six years. He possesses in-depth technical knowledge about the software.