Project 2013 For Dummies
Project 2013, Microsoft's popular project management software, offers a tremendous wealth of functionality but is probably unlike any other software you've used. Mastering it can seem a daunting process, but an overview of the project's schedule along with time-saving techniques and keyboard shortcuts can help you keep your project on track and on time. Third-party templates, add-ins, and online resources can also help you develop your project management expertise.
Microsoft Project 2013 Project Schedule Outline
Need help organizing and prioritizing a project's schedule in Microsoft Project 2013? This overview shows you the basics of getting started with your project's resources, tasks, and timelines.
Enter the project information, such as the project name and start date.
Develop a work breakdown structure (WBS) to organize your work.
Enter the tasks needed to create the WBS deliverables.
Don't forget to indicate whether you want manual or auto-scheduled tasks, and the task type.
Link your tasks to show dependencies and create a network diagram.
Enter the resources who will work on your project, their cost/rate and the time they have available.
Estimate the effort or duration for each task.
Assign resources to each task.
Resolve any resource conflicts.
Balance schedule, cost, resource and performance constraints to meet stakeholder expectations.
Baseline your schedule.
Time-Saving Techniques in Microsoft Project 2013
Project management is all about saving time. But even with management tools like Microsoft Project 2013, your project might run longer than you expected. In that case, try the following methods to tighten the timing:
Modify dependencies so that tasks can start sooner, if possible.
Create overlapping dependencies when appropriate using leads and lags.
Reduce the amount of slack (but never get rid of it all!) on individual tasks.
Add resources to auto-scheduled, effort-driven tasks to have them finish earlier.
Break larger tasks into smaller chunks and do some of the work in parallel.
Consider whether your project can do without certain tasks (for example, a management review of a package design).
Outsource some of the work when in-house resources can't complete it because they're busy with other tasks.
Microsoft Project 2013 Shortcut Keys
Microsoft Project 2013 maximizes efficiency as you manage projects, but Project 2013 keyboard shortcuts also save you time. Here are some shortcut keys you'll use frequently when building and working with a Project schedule.
|Ctrl+N||Opens a new blank Project|
|Alt+Home||Move to the beginning of the project|
|Alt+End||Moves the end of a project|
|Insert||Inserts new task|
|F7||Begins spell check|
|Shift+F2||Opens the Task Information dialog box|
|F1||Opens Microsoft Project Help|
|Ctrl+F||Displays the Find dialog box|
|Ctrl+F2||Links selected tasks|
|Ctrl+Z||Undoes the previous action|
|Ctrl+P||Displays the Print preview in the Backstage|
|Ctrl+S||Saves the file|
Helpful Project Management Websites
Microsoft Project 2013 helps you manage projects better, but you also want to enhance your project management expertise. Visit these websites that offer templates and third-party add-ins for Microsoft Project, as well as other project management information: