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  • Blog Post: New book: Microsoft Project 2013 Plain & Simple

    Microsoft Project 2013 Plain & Simple is available for purchase. Get the full-color, visual guide that makes learning Microsoft Project 2013 plain and simple! Follow the book’s easy steps and screenshots and clear, concise language to learn the simplest ways to effectively manage all your projects...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Exploring the New Reports on Project 2013 by Microsoft Press author Bonnie Biafore

    Click here to register Tuesday, April 23, 2013 1PM PT, San Francisco 9pm - London | 4pm - New York | Wed, Apr 24th at 6am - Sydney | Wed, Apr 24th at 5am - Tokyo | Wed, Apr 24th at 4am - Beijing | Wed, Apr 24th at 1:30am - Mumbai Presented by: Bonnie Biafore Duration: Approximately 60 minutes...
  • Blog Post: New book: Microsoft Project 2013 Step by Step

    Great news! Microsoft Project 2013 Step by Step , by Carl Chatfield and Timothy Johnson is now available for purchase. Experience learning made easy—and quickly teach yourself how to manage the complete project life cycle with Project 2013. With Step by Step, you set the pace—building...
  • Blog Post: RTM’d today: Microsoft Project 2013 Step by Step

    We’re happy to announce that Microsoft Project 2013 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735669116), by Carl Chatfield and Tim Johnson, has shipped to the printer. Carl and Tim have delivered a book that teaches you not only how to use Project 2013, but also the basics of project management. Please download...
  • Blog Post: New book: Microsoft Project 2010 Inside Out

    We’re excited to announce that Teresa Stover’s Microsoft Project 2010 Inside Out (ISBN 9780735626874; 1320 pages) is now available for purchase! In today’s post, please enjoy the complete Chapter 5, “Scheduling Tasks Manually or Automatically.” New in Microsoft Project...
  • Blog Post: RTM’d today: Microsoft Project 2010 Inside Out

    We’re very pleased to announce that Teresa Stover’s new book, Microsoft Project 2010 Inside Out , has shipped to the printer! You're beyond the basics, so dive right in and really put your project management skills to work! Learn how to conquer Microsoft Project 2010 -- from the inside...
  • Blog Post: New book: Successful Project Management: Applying Best Practices and Real-World Techniques with Microsoft Project

    We’re excited to announce that Bonnie Biafore’s Successful Project Management: Applying Best Practices and Real-World Techniques with Microsoft Project (ISBN 9780735649804; 468 pages) is now available for purchase! You can find the book’s Table on Contents and Introduction in this...
  • Blog Post: RTM’d today: Successful Project Management: Applying Best Practices and Real-World Techniques with Microsoft Project

    We’re very pleased to announce that Bonnie Biafore’s book, Successful Project Management: Applying Best Practices and Real-World Techniques with Microsoft Project has shipped to the printer! With this practical guide, project management expert Bonnie Biafore shows you proven project management...
  • Blog Post: Carl Chatfield: Carl's favorite 2010 features: Improved paste into Word and Excel

    Carl Chatfield here. In previous posts (including here and here ) I've explored some of my favorite new features in Project 2010. This week, I look at a nice improvement to one of the more mundane features of desktop apps: Copy and Paste. Not Glamorous, But Still a Great 2010 Improvement Copy and Paste...
  • Blog Post: New book: Microsoft Project 2010 Step by Step

    Good news! Microsoft Project 2010 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735626959; 512 pages), by Carl Chatfield and Timothy Johnson, is now available for purchase. You can find the book’s chapter-level Contents at a Glance and an excerpt from the Introduction here . Purchasers of the print version will also receive...
  • Blog Post: RTM’d today: Microsoft Project 2010 Step by Step

    We’re pleased to announce that Microsoft Project 2010 Step by Step has been shipped to the printer! This book will be available for purchase in late June, but if you happen to have a subscription to Safari Books Online, you can start reading it as early as next week. Contents at a Glance Part 1 Simple...
  • Blog Post: Carl Chatfield: Quality, the Project Triangle and "Fit for purpose"

    Carl here. Recently I had the opportunity to share a model called the "triangle of triple-constraints" or more simply the "project triangle" with some bright people I know. This is a model familiar to many project managers, and I have found it's a useful framing tool when discussing that elusive notion...
  • Blog Post: Carl Chatfield: Which Bookend Are You?

    I don't mention my day job at Microsoft much in this blog, but recently I found myself involved with some new project initiation work and simultaneously with the tail end of a new product launch.* I felt a bit like my favorite bookends: one pushing hard to get a project underway, the other pushing equally...
  • Blog Post: Excerpt from upcoming title: Microsoft Project 2010 Inside Out

    Today we’d like to share an excerpt from one of our upcoming books: Microsoft Project 2010 Inside Out , by Teresa Stover. We’ll publish this book in Summer 2010. You can learn more about the book here: http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780735626874/ . In this excerpt, author Teresa Stover shares her insights...
  • Blog Post: Carl Chatfield: Task types: What's the deal?

    Carl Chatfield here, taking a break from working on Microsoft Project 2010 Step by Step . One feature that even experienced Project users sometimes have trouble with is task types. There are only three task types, but their impact on task scheduling is not always easy to predict. This week I look at...
  • Blog Post: Carl Chatfield: Favorite Project 2010 features: Inactivate tasks

    Carl Chatfield here. Now that Project 2010 has been released to manufacturing (or RTMed, as we say), I'm eager to start talking about some of the features in the new edition. I've been running the beta for some time as Tim and I work on the Project 2010 Step by Step . You may have been using the beta...
  • Blog Post: Carl Chatfield: Tracking progress checklist style

    You can use incremental percent complete values for simple checklist tracking. Here are my recommendations on when and how you might do this without falling into the "precision is not accuracy" trap of project management. You Are Now 4.65% Done Reading This Post That statement is precise but...
  • Blog Post: Carl Chatfield: Look is not feel

    Years ago attended some training in information design from Jared Spool of the firm User Interface Engineering . One thing that Jared said that really stuck with me was this: in the software design community we use the phrase "look and feel" a lot, and usually we spit it out as a single word...
  • Blog Post: Carl Chatfield: Top 10 Problems, #1: Forget that the schedule is not the project

    Carl here. ProjHugger is for Microsoft Office Project newbies, enthusiasts, and zealots. I publish new posts every Monday morning, but you can add comments any time. This week’s ProjHugger post continues the “Top 10 problems new (and not so new) Project users have, and what you can do to ease the pain...
  • Blog Post: Carl Chatfield: Top 10 Problems, #2: Believe that good scheduling software makes one a good project manager

      Carl here. ProjHugger is for Microsoft Office Project newbies, enthusiasts, and zealots. I publish new posts every Monday morning, but you can add comments any time. This week’s ProjHugger post continues the “Top 10 problems new (and not so new) Project users have, and what you can do to ease...
  • Blog Post: Carl Chatfield: Top 10 Problems, #3: Put far too much detail in a schedule

    Carl here. ProjHugger is for Microsoft Office Project newbies, enthusiasts, and zealots. I publish new posts every Monday morning, but you can add comments any time. This week’s ProjHugger post continues the “Top 10 problems new (and not so new) Project users have, and what you can do to ease the pain...
  • Blog Post: Carl Chatfield: Top 10 Problems, #4: Track by percent complete

    Carl here. ProjHugger is for Microsoft Office Project newbies, enthusiasts, and zealots. I publish new posts every Monday morning, but you can add comments any time. This week’s ProjHugger post continues the “Top 10 problems new (and not so new) Project users have, and what you can do to ease the pain...
  • Blog Post: Carl Chatfield: Top 10 Problems, #5: Expect that automatic resource leveling should be able to alter reality

    Carl here. ProjHugger is for Microsoft Office Project newbies, enthusiasts, and zealots. I publish new posts every Monday morning, but you can add comments any time. This week’s ProjHugger post continues the “Top 10 problems new (and not so new) Project users have, and what you can do to ease the pain...
  • Blog Post: Carl Chatfield: Top 10 Problems, #6: Don't reign in effort-driven scheduling when it shouldn't apply

    Carl here. ProjHugger is for Microsoft Office Project newbies, enthusiasts, and zealots. I publish new posts every Monday morning, but you can add comments any time. This week’s ProjHugger post continues the “Top 10 problems new (and not so new) Project users have, and what you can do to ease the pain...
  • Blog Post: Carl Chatfield: Top 10 Problems, #7: Don’t distinguish work from duration

    Carl here again. ProjHugger is for Microsoft Office Project newbies, enthusiasts, and zealots. I publish new posts every Monday morning, but you can add comments any time. This week’s ProjHugger post continues the “Top 10 problems new (and not so new) Project users have, and what you can do to ease the...
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