Conquer Microsoft Project 2010--from the inside out! You're beyond the basics, so dive right in and really put your project management skills to work! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. It's all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts tackle Project 2010--and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery. Take charge of the project triangle--time, money, and scope--to balance your plan Enable collaboration among team members, sponsors, and other project stakeholders Manually schedule tasks or use the automatic scheduling engine Track and control your project using earned value analysis Create pivot views of project data with Microsoft Excel® 2010 and Visio® 2010 Manage project activities in an enterprise project-management environment Apply your experience to future projects by creating your own custom templates
Microsoft Project is brimming with features to help you manage any project, large or small. But learning the software is only half the battle. What you really need is real-world guidance: how to prep your project before touching your PC, which Project tools work best, and which ones to use with care. This book explains it all, helping you go from project manager to project master. Get a project management primer. Discover what it takes to handle a project successfully Learn the program inside out. Get step-by-step instructions for Project Standard and Project Professional Build and refine your plan. Put together your team, schedule, and budget Achieve the results you want. Build realistic schedules, and learn how to keep costs under control Track your progress. Measure your performance, make course corrections, and manage changes Use Project's power tools. Customize Project's features and views, and transfer info directly between Project and other programs
So you've been asked to lead a project--congratulations! Whether you're new to project management, or just need to brush up, this easy-to-read guide teaches you the essential skills you need to succeed at this critically important task. Expert project manager Bonnie Biafore shares her real-world experience, lessons learned, and best practices to help you manage any project. You'll learn project management methodology and the secrets for using Microsoft Project and other Microsoft Office programs to keep your projects on time, on track, and on target! Successfully manage your projects as you discover how to: Work effectively with project stakeholders, management, and team members Define scope, objectives, and deliverables Estimate work, choose resources, build project schedules, and track progress Accurately estimate project costs and work with a budget Identify and manage project changes and risks Balance project variables without sacrificing quality Document project history and lessons-learned to help improve future projects--and even more great results CD Features: Sample project templates and documents Fully searchable eBook A Note Regarding the CD or DVD The print version of this book ships with a CD or DVD. For those customers purchasing one of the digital formats in which this book is available, we are pleased to offer the CD/DVD content as a free download via O'Reilly Media's Digital Distribution services. To download this content, please visit O'Reilly's web site, search for the title of this book to find its catalog page, and click on the link below the cover image (Examples, Companion Content, or Practice Files). Note that while we provide as much of the media content as we are able via free download, we are sometimes limited by licensing restrictions. Please direct any questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the geek who's an investor, and the investor who's a geek, we present Online Investing Hacks, 100 industrial-strength, bleeding edge tips, tools and techniques for analyzing and managing online portfolios. Individual investors have become more computer-literate and technology-dependent than ever before. Whether you're looking for suitable investments, studying alternatives, or managing your portfolios, you need data. The Internet can be a goldmine of financial data and research, but today's online investors also use spreadsheets, databases, and financial applications to select, study and manage investments. If your proficiency has grown to the point where you crave industrial-strength tips and tools to turbo-charge your efforts, this is the book for you. Online Investing Hacks covers:Screening Investments Collecting Data Fundamental Analysis Technical Analysis Executing Trades Investing in Mutual Funds Portfolio Management Updating Stock Data Financial Planning Other books for managing online investing are either out of date, are for beginners and don't go beyond the most basic advice, or are so dull and boring they squeeze that last bit of fun out of the topic. Online Investing Hacks is for the customer who wants to know the latest techniques, to go beyond the basics, who gets jazzed by cool online tools and services, and who actually wants to have a bit of fun while trying to strike it rich (or at least not lose their shirt).
Your financial goals probably include a comfortable retirement, paying for your kids' college education, and long-term healthcare. But you can't reach those goals by putting your money in a savings account. You need to invest it so it grows over time. Three seasoned personal finance experts show you how in this jargon-free guide. Investing demystified. Get clear, real-world examples of why investing is crucial to your financial goals How to invest. Learn how to evaluate four types of investment so you make the right decisions Hidden gems. Discover lesser-known, low-cost investments that provide tax advantages Retirement, Education, Healthcare. Find chapters devoted to the fine points of each of these big-ticket goals Flexibility. Learn how to change your investment strategy as you age Choices. Find an investment plan that's right for you -- whether you're a conservative investor or go-for-broke risk-taker
Your bookkeeping workflow will be smoother and faster with QuickBooks 2011 -- but only if you spend more time using the program than figuring out how it works. This Missing Manual puts you in control: You'll not only find out how and when to use specific features, you'll also get basic accounting advice to help you through the learning process. Set up QuickBooks. Arrange files and preferences to suit your company. Manage your business. Track inventory, control spending, run payroll, and handle income. Follow the money. Examine everything from customer invoices to year-end tasks. Find key info quickly. Take advantage of QuickBooks' reports, Company Snapshot, and search tools. Streamline your workflow. Set up the Home page and Online Banking Center to meet your needs. Build and monitor budgets. Learn how to keep your company financially fit. Share your financial data. Work with your accountant more efficiently.
Your bookkeeping workflow will be smoother and faster with QuickBooks 2012 for Windows--but only if you spend more time using the program than figuring out how it works. This book puts you in control: you get step-by-step instructions on how and when to use specific features, along with basic accounting advice to guide you through the learning process. The important stuff you need to know: Get started. Set up your accounts, customers, jobs, and invoice items quickly. Manage your business. Track spending, income, invoices, inventory, and payroll. Spend less time on bookkeeping. Use QuickBooks to create invoices or timesheets in batches. Follow the money. Examine everything from billable time and expenses to year-end tasks. Find key info quickly. Rely on QuickBooks' vendor, customer, inventory, and employee centers. Exchange data with other programs. Move data between QuickBooks and Microsoft Office.
<p>Your bookkeeping workflow will be smoother and faster with QuickBooks 2013. This Missing Manual—<b>the Official Intuit Guide to QuickBooks 2013</b>—puts you in control: you get step-by-step instructions on how and when to use specific features, along with basic accounting advice to guide you through the learning process.</p>
Intuit's Quicken is one of today's most popular and convenient ways to keep track of personal finances, and Quicken 2006 For Starters: The Missing Manual for Windows is the indispensable guide to using the program to simplify your finances and make the most of your money. Whether you're new to electronic banking or just new to Quicken, this refreshingly funny and sensible book zeroes in on exactly what you need to get into Quicken fast. It teaches you how do such essential things as: balance your checkbook on your computer, keep tabs on your spending, create and manage a budget, monitor and pay bills on time, determine more ways to save and stick to your savings plan, manage loans and maximize investments, make tax preparation easier (even find hidden tax deductions!), and much more. Financial-software writer and personal finance expert Bonnie Biafore delivers clear explanations and step-by-step instructions for the Quicken features you need, as well as relevant advice and plenty of real-world examples. Beginners will appreciate Biafore's clear guidance on how to set up Quicken to streamline their money management tasks. Power users will benefit from her insightful tips, tricks, and shortcuts for working around Quicken's idiosyncrasies and saving even more time and money. The book is designed to help you get up to speed fast. Biafore steps you through the basics of Quicken. Then, as you become a more efficient and sophisticated Quicken user, she helps you take advantage of the program's little-known but powerful features. And throughout the book, she offers invaluable money-management principles. You'll be generating useful reports and graphs with ease; ensuring accuracy and consistency among all your accounts; and planning, saving, and controlling your finances like never before. The book that gives you exactly what you need, Quicken 2006 For Starters: The Missing Manual helps you quickly make the most of Quicken 2006 for Windows.
Quicken is one of the many convenient ways to keep track of personal finances, but many people are unaware of Quicken's power and end up using only the basic features. And sometimes Quicken seems to raise more questions than it answers: Return of capital from stock? "Net worth"? What are they and why do you need to know about them? Luckily, Quicken 2008: The Missing Manual picks up where Quicken's help resources leave off. You'll find step-by-step instructions for using Quicken on your Windows PC, including useful features such as budgeting, recording investment transactions, and archiving Quicken data files. You also learn why and when to use specific features, and which ones would be most useful in a given situation. Quicken 2008: The Missing Manual helps you: Set up Quicken to take care of your specific needs Follow your money from the moment you earn it Make deposits, pay for expenses, track the things you own and how much you owe Take care of financial tasks online, and quickly reconcile your accounts Create and use budgets and track your investments Generate reports to prepare your tax returns and evaluate your financial fitness And a lot more. This book is designed to accommodate readers at every technical level. If you're a first-time Quicken user, special boxes with the title "Up To Speed" provide the introductory information you need to understand the topic at hand. For advanced users, there are similar boxes called "Power Users' Clinic" that offer more technical tips, tricks, and shortcuts for the experienced Quicken fan. For a topic as important as your personal finances, why trust anything else?
Quicken is a convenient way to keep track of personal finances, but many people are unaware of Quicken's power and end up using only the basic features. Sometimes Quicken raises more questions than it answers: Return of capital from stock? Net worth? What are they and why do you need to know about them? Luckily, Quicken 2009: The Missing Manual picks up where Quicken's help resources leave off. You'll find step-by-step instructions for using Quicken on your Windows PC, including useful features such as budgeting, recording investment transactions, and archiving Quicken data files. You also learn why and when to use specific features, and which ones would be most useful in a given situation. This book helps you:Set up Quicken to take care of your specific needs Follow your money from the moment you earn it Make deposits, pay for expenses, and track the things you own and how much you owe Take care of financial tasks online, and quickly reconcile your accounts Create and use budgets and track your investments Generate reports to prepare your tax returns and evaluate your financial fitness And a lot more. Quicken 2009: The Missing Manual accommodates readers at every technical level, whether you're a first-time or advanced Quicken user. For a topic as important as your personal finances, why trust anything else?
Successful Project Management: Applying Best Practices and Real-World Techniques with Microsoft® Projectby Bonnie Biafore
Learn best practices and proven methods from project management professionals--and apply these skills as you work with Microsoft® Project. In this practical guide, project management expert Bonnie Biafore shows you how to manage projects efficiently and effectively, sharing the real-world experiences of project managers in several industries. You'll learn how to put the best practices and hard-won lessons of experts to work on your critical projects. Sharpen the skills you need to manage projects expertly--from start to finish Communicate effectively with project stakeholders, management, and team members Apply methods to break down the project into small, manageable pieces Define work assignments, choose resources, and build project schedules Accurately estimate project costs and work with a budget Identify project changes and manage risks Track progress and balance priorities without sacrificing quality Document project history and lessons learned to help improve future projects Project files available on the companion website.
A pragmatic approach to project managementMany projects fail to deliver on time or on budget, or even to deliver a workable product that satisfies the customer. While good project management goes a long way towards ensuring success, managers often fail to follow the plans they implement. This unique guide helps you understand and successfully handle project management, once and for all. Covering practical ways to solve problems you'll typically face when managing actual projects, this pragmatic book takes you through a full project management lifecycle. You'll find ample tips, tricks, and best practices--all richly illustrated with real case studies.Find out how to plan for risk, get wayward projects back on track, manage a whole portfolio of projects, and much more. Each topic in the book is mapped to the exam topics of the PMP Certification Exam, so PMP certification candidates can also use this book for test prep. The book's companion web site offers downloadable forms, templates, and checklists.Explains project management for the real world using a pragmatic approach that includes field-tested techniques, case studies to illustrate concepts, helpful tips and tricks, and downloadable contentGuides you to project management success by providing friendly advice, as if you had a friend or project management consultant at your side, discussing issues Explores how to run successful meetings, how to get wayward projects back on track, planning for risk, and how to manage multiple projects Manage your next project with a personal consultant: your own copy of Your Project Management Coach: Best Practices for Managing Projects in the Real World.
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