Over the next several months I'm scheduled to deliver some in-house hands-on training from my book, Project 2010 Step by Step. This will mainly involve me performing the hands-on activities and providing narrative discussion about the subject matter as I go.
With this blog post I kick off the “highlights of the highlights” series: I’ll include some excerpts from the Step by Step material and elaborate on them. This week: the book’s introductory material.
Manage tasks, costs, work, and resources at whatever level of detail is appropriate for your project’s needs (pg. xv)
This is a subject we address repeatedly throughout Project Step by Step. It’s all too easy to create project plans that are either way too detailed (e.g. task durations measured in minutes or hours for multi-year projects) or way too broad (tasks that lack sufficient definition to be well understood by the resources assigned to them). Proper task definition is a key component of that critical focus of project management, the work breakdown structure (WBS).
The Microsoft Office Fluent interface (the “ribbon”)…(pg. xvi)
Project 2010 adopted the ribbon, which was introduced in some of the other Office applications at their 2007 release. So Project is catching up with the Jones. I personally am a big fan of the ribbon UI. There is an up-front learning curve, but I have found it is well worth it.
Project 2010 is a substantial update for desktop project management (pg. xvii)
Yes indeed! While most of the action in the last several releases of Project has been on Project Server and enterprise project management (EPM), in 2010 the desktop app gets lots of loving attention from the product development team.
If any of your settings are different, the ribbon on your screen might not look the same as the one shown in this book. (pg. xxiv)
One of the really smart behaviors of the ribbon UI is that it gracefully resizes itself based on your computer’s screen resolution or just by resizing the MS Project window. Go ahead and give it a try—start with a maximized Project window, then adjust it to smaller sizes. Note how the items on the ribbon are changed—text labels get dropped, the some commands get dropped, and ultimately just the group labels remain. It’s a smart UI but does take some training to master.
Next week: Chapter 1.