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Press Release: July 7, 2005

"Project 2003 Personal Trainer": Plan and Execute Projects Like a Pro

Sebastopol, CA--Successful projects require strategic planning that incorporates balancing costs, resources, and deadlines. When a variety of details come into play, you need the experience and support of the right tools and guidance. The newest addition to O'Reilly's Personal Trainer series, Project 2003 Personal Trainer (CustomGuide, O'Reilly, US $29.95), is a hands-on guide with step-by-step instructions along with an interactive CD that simulates the Microsoft Project 2003 environment.

Everything needed to execute projects successfully is covered in Project 2003 Personal Trainer, in an interactive format that provides feedback and guidance for each session. Designed to teach professional skills in a simulated environment, trainees can create sample projects and work at their own pace.

This book is for anyone interested in mastering project planning in a learn-as-you-work environment with sessions specifically designed to tackle the program in a comfortable setting, including:

  • Fundamental Setup: Plan your project and schedule dates, working hours, and set up a base calendar
  • Enter and Work with Tasks: Add task duration, milestones, and organize in phases
  • Add and Assign Resources: Enter people, equipment and material resources, assign to tasks, enter deadlines, and adjust schedules
  • Work with Costs: Specify pay rates, fixed costs, and overtime rates
  • Balance the Project: Identify resource over-allocation
  • Checking and Updating Project Progress: Identify slipped tasks, check variances, and review project's critical path
  • Produce Reports: Define report content, add page elements, and sort
  • Work Multiple Projects: Create links between projects, consolidate, create a resource pool, and view critical paths for multiple projects
  • The Personal Trainer series is based on content from CustomGuide, a leading provider of computer training materials. Founded by instructors who grew dissatisfied with the industry's dry course materials, CustomGuide offers courseware for instructors and students, quick references, software bulletins, and e-learning courses that are fun, flexible, and easy to use.

    Additional Resources:

    Project 2003 Personal Trainer
    ISBN: 0-596-00854-6, 240 pages, $29.95 US, $41.95 CA
    1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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