Chapter 1

Project Management, Project 2013, and You

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding the elements of a project

arrow Laying out the project manager’s role

arrow Benefitting from Project 2013

arrow Exploring the software interface

arrow Finding help in Project

Welcome to the world of computerized project management with Microsoft Project. If you’ve never used project management software, you’re entering a brave new world. It’s like walking from the office of 25 years ago — with no fax, voice mail, or e-mail — into the office of today, with its wealth of high-tech devices.

Everything you used to do with handwritten to-do lists, word processors, and spreadsheets magically comes together in Project. However, this transition doesn’t come in a moment, and you need a basic understanding of what project management software can do to get you up to speed. If you’ve used previous versions of Project, the overview in this chapter can refresh your memory and ease you into a few of the new Project 2013 features.

Even if ...

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