Over the years, project management has evolved from a discipline that began with index cards and yarn to one that now uses sophisticated analyses, techniques, projections, reporting, and time and money tracking. Project management software brings functionality to project management that makes planning and tracking the complex projects we undertake a little more manageable.

About This Book

Microsoft Office Project 2016, the most recent incarnation of the world’s most popular project management software, offers a tremendous wealth of functionality to users. In the beginning, however, as with most software, mastering it can seem like a daunting process. It helps to understand how Project’s features relate to what you do every day as a project manager.

In Project 2016 For Dummies, my goal is to help you explore Project 2016, providing information on relevant project management concepts while also offering specific procedures to build and track a Project schedule. More important, I offer advice on how to make all these features and procedures mesh with what you already know as a project manager to ease the transition to using Project 2016.

Here are some broad topics that I help you explore in this book. You can

  • Start out in Project 2016 by entering tasks and dependencies, estimating durations, and working with views
  • Work with resources, calendars, and costs
  • Negotiate constraints, fine-tune the schedule, and set a baseline
  • Gather data, analyze progress, take corrective ...

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