Bonnie Biafore has always been a zealous organizer of everything from software demos to gourmet meals, with the occasional vacation trip to test the waters of spontaneity. Ironically, fate, not planning, turned this obsession into a career as a project manager. When Bonnie realized she was managing projects, her penchant for planning and follow-through kicked in and she earned a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.
When she isn’t managing projects for clients, Bonnie writes about project management, personal finance and investing, and technology. As an engineer, she’s fascinated by how things work and how to make things work better. She has a knack for mincing these dry subjects into easy to understand morsels and then spices them to perfection with her warped sense of humor.
Bonnie is also the author of On Time! On Track! On Target!, Online Investing Hacks, QuickBooks 2008: The Missing Manual, and Quicken 2008 for Starters: The Missing Manual. When unshackled from her computer, she hikes in the mountains, rehabilitates horses, and practices saying no to additional work assignments. You can learn more at her Web site, http://www.bonniebiafore.com or email Bonnie at email@example.com. Read her project management blog, Scope Creep & Other Project Management Monsters, at http://www.oreillynet.com/mmprojectmanagement/blog/.
Nan Barber (editor) is associate editor for the Missing Manual series. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and G4 Macintosh. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dawn Frausto (editor) is assistant editor for the Missing Manual series. When not working, she likes rock climbing, playing soccer, and causing trouble. Email: email@example.com.
Nellie McKesson (production editor) is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her favorite places to eat are Punjabi Dhaba and Tacos Lupita. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sohaila Abdulali (copy editor) is a freelance writer and editor. She has published a novel, several children’s books, and numerous short stories and articles. She recently finished an ethnography of an aboriginal Indian woman. She lives in New York City with her husband Tom and their small but larger-than-life daughter, Samara. She can be reached through her Web site at www.sohailaink.com.
Marty Biggs (technical reviewer) is a Microsoft Project and Project Server specialist focusing on Enterprise Project Management and Portfolio Management. He has worked with Microsoft Project for more than 20 years, is a Microsoft-certified Microsoft Project MVP, and has worked with Microsoft Project Server 2003 for two years supporting more than 2,500 users. He’s currently playing a leading role in one of the first and biggest implementations of Microsoft Project Server 2007. Email: email@example.com.
Juel Bortolussi (technical reviewer) is a Business Systems Analyst at O’Reilly and holds both graduate and bachelor degrees in Information Systems from the University of San Francisco. She has worked in IS for more than 20 years, completed several project management classes, and has held the position of IS Project Manager. She supports standardization and task reduction that are necessary to complete a project in the most effective and efficient manner.
Chris Cheney (technical reviewer) creates multimedia design and authoring solutions that simplify technology and engage users, broadening technology accessibility in the process. With 13 years experience, she is passionate about making project management the foundation for each consulting project. Strong communication, organization, and prioritization skills are essential to driving project results. Visit Chris online at www.visionscape-media.com.
This book was a good workout for the team’s project management skills. My thanks go to Nan Barber for keeping both the book project and my words on track. The technical reviewers, Marty Biggs, Chris Cheney and Juel Bortolussi, not only caught my mistakes, but taught me some Microsoft Project techniques that I didn’t know. My friend and fellow author, Teresa Stover, burned midnight oil in the face of her own book deadlines to help me get to the bottom of unruly Project features.
I am fortunate to have more good friends than my prickly personality deserves. Special thanks go to Mary, Christie, Lucia, Amy, Martha, Larry, Dave, and Lou for helping me through a tough winter and thus making this book a reality.
Missing Manuals are witty, superbly written guides to computer products that don’t come with printed manuals (which is just about all of them). Each book features a handcrafted index; cross-references to specific pages (not just chapters); and RepKover, a detached-spine binding that lets the book lie perfectly flat without the assistance of weights or cinder blocks.
Recent and upcoming titles include:
Access 2007: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
AppleScript: The Missing Manual by Adam Goldstein
AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual by Jim Elferdink and David Reynolds
CSS: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland
Creating Web Sites: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Digital Photography: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover and Barbara Brundage
Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland
Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland
eBay: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
Excel 2003: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Excel 2007: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
FileMaker Pro 8: The Missing Manual by Geoff Coffey and Susan Prossre
FileMaker Pro 9: The Missing Manual by Geoff Coffey and Susan Prosser
Flash 8: The Missing Manual by E.A. Vander Veer
Flash CS3: The Missing Manual by E.A. Vander Veer and Chris Grover
FrontPage 2003: The Missing Manual by Jessica Mantaro
GarageBand 2: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Google: The Missing Manual, Second Edition by Sarah Milstein, J.D. Biersdorfer, and Matthew MacDonald
iMovie 6 & iDVD: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
iPhone: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
iPhoto 6: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
iPod: The Missing Manual, Fifth Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer
Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition by David Pogue
Office 2004 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual by Mark H. Walker and Franklin Tessler
Office 2007: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover, Matthew MacDonald, and E.A. Vander Veer
PCs: The Missing Manual by Andy Rathbone
Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage
PowerPoint 2007: The Missing Manual by E.A. Vander Veer
QuickBase: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
QuickBooks 2006: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition by David Pogue and Adam Goldstein
The Internet: The Missing Manual by David Pogue and J.D. Biersdorfer
Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual by Sharon Crawford
Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual, Second Edition by David Pogue
Windows Vista: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual, Second Edition by David Pogue, Craig Zacker, and Linda Zacker
Word 2007: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
The “For Starters” books contain only the most essential information from their larger counterparts—in larger type, with a more spacious layout, and none of the more advanced sidebars. Recent titles include:
Access 2003 for Starters: The Missing Manual by Kate Chase and Scott Palmer
Access 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Excel 2003 for Starters: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Excel 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Mac OS X Leopard for Starters: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
PowerPoint 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual by E.A. Vander Veer
Quicken for Starters: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Windows Vista for Starters: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Windows XP for Starters: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Word 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover