Author, consultant, and trainer: project management, financial software and technology
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Bonnie Biafore has always been fascinated with math in its practical and more esoteric forms. As an engineer and project manager, she's thorough and steadfastly attentive to detail but redeems herself by using her sick sense of humor to transform drool-inducing subjects into entertaining reading. She writes about project management, accounting, investing, personal finance, and technology. Her books, Successful Project Management and NAIC Stock Selection Handbook, won major awards from the Society of Technical Communication, although she appreciates the rave she receives from readers much more.
Bonnie is the award-wining author of more than 25 books including QuickBooks: The Missing Manual (now Intuit's Official Guide to QuickBooks), Project: The Missing Manual, and Online Investing Hacks. She has also published her first comedic crime novel, Fresh Squeezed. She writes a monthly column called "WebWatch" for Better Investing magazine and is a regular contributor to www.interest.com. As a consultant, she manages projects for clients and wins accolades for her ability to herd cats.
When unshackled from her computer, she hikes in the mountains, cycles, walks her dogs, takes aerial dance classes, and cooks gourmet meals. You can learn more at Bonnie's website, www.bonniebiafore.com.
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March 24 2014I wrote a guest post about multiple project baselines for Erick Van Hurck's blog, The Project Corner. A baseline is the key to staying on top of where your project is compared to where it should be. What can you do with Project’s baselines? And how do you view them… read more
January 25 2014At a recent work reunion lunch, two of my former colleagues looked at me sheepishly as they confessed that they hadn’t made any progress on their respective book ideas since the last time we met. Yeah, like I get everything done that I intend to…but their confessions did make me… read more
January 07 2014I was going to talk about how to get things done for my first post of the year, but 2014 is when I balance work and fun. So I’m starting things off with a tale of the calorically dense foodie delight that I cooked on New Year’s Day: Butternut Squash… read more
June 27 2010The answer depends on which of the two groups below you fall into. The good news: there's no wrong answer. You're right whether you decide to pay off early or not. Group 1: You want to be able to sleep... read more
January 24 2009I don't believe in New Year's resolutions. Any day of the year is a great day to resolve to do something better than before. But January is a great time to review how last year's income and spending compared to last year's budget. If you haven't defined a budget, the… read more
November 04 2008The previous post explained why it makes sense to try to wait out a down market before withdrawing money from your retirement accounts. But wait, there are even more benefits to waiting--literally.... read more
November 04 2008Retiring at 65 could mean as many as 30 to 35 years running seniors' marathons, dipping your toes in tropical waters, or just cooling your heels. Over long periods of time, the ups and downs of the stock market... read more
October 20 2008If you hate extortion-level late fees and interest on credit card balances the way I do, you probably pay off your balance each month. Occasionally, an overly exuberant schedule or a senior moment can lead to a late credit card... read more
October 08 2008Why does finance turn normal human beings into boring, complexity-obsessed fiends? Used to be, you had a job and a pension -- you worked, you retired, and your company took care of your benefits. You cashed your pension check and... read more
October 03 2008UPDATE: President Bush on Friday signed legislation that increased the amount of savings insured by the FDIC in an account from $100,000 to $250,000 (until December 31, 2009). With the stock market gyrations the last few days, several people... read more
August 12 2008With any project, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. Otherwise, the experience could end up a lot like that blind date with the guy who was long on body odor and short on charm. The problem is clients sometimes want answers but they don’t want to hear any… read more
April 17 2008Earned value analysis was a popular topic at the PMI Rocky Mountain chapter 2008 Spring Symposium. People in the audience nodded knowingly as presenters chanted the EVA mantra. But I’ve heard plenty of folks managing projects ask what earned value analysis is all about. The first step is understanding earned… read more
March 17 2008To the planning-adverse and even some project managers, project-managing a vacation is over the top. I’m a die-hard organizer so project management creeps into even what I do for fun. This approach isn’t as sick as it might sound. Really.... read more
February 12 2008With any project, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. Otherwise, the experience could end up a lot like that blind date with the guy who was long on body odor and short on charm. The problem is clients sometimes want answers but they don’t want to hear any… read more
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"I have now read a few of the missing manual books and have been impressed with all of them thus far, and this one was no different...This book opened my eyes and helped me to gain a better understanding of what some of the things that our investment people were talking about in the past."
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"Project is complex software, and learning it is, well, a project in itself. Get up to speed fast with Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual. Written by project management expert Bonnie Biafore, this book teaches you how to do everything from setting budgets and tracking schedules to testing scenarios and recognizing trouble spots before your project breaks down...With Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual, you get more than a simple software how-to. You also get a rundown on project management basics and plenty of solid advice on how to use Project."
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