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Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore

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The Missing Credits

About the Author

About the Author

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 . Read her project management blog, Scope Creep & Other Project Management Monsters, at http://www.oreillynet.com/mmprojectmanagement/blog/.

About the Creative Team

Nan Barber (editor) is associate editor for the Missing Manual series. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and G4 Macintosh. Email: .

Dawn Frausto (editor) is assistant editor for the Missing Manual series. When not working, she likes rock climbing, playing soccer, and causing trouble. Email: .

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: .

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: .

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.

Acknowledgements

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.

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