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Chapter 17
Getting Better All the Time
In This Chapter
Reviewing your successes and failures
Creating a template for future projects
Developing macros to make things easier
Customizing Project Guide to work the way you do
Have you ever finished a project and then wondered how the heck
everything ended up the way it did? The total budget numbers mystically
appear to be several thousand dollars over estimate; you missed your final
deadline by three weeks; and somewhere along the line, you lost track of
three people who were supposed to be working on tasks. But you delivered
your deliverables (somehow), and you can finally stuff your project file in the
bottom of your drawer. Or can you?
Don’t think of Microsoft Project as just a giant electronic to-do list; rather, it’s
a sophisticated tool to manage your projects. And the logical by-product of
that management is a fantastic treasure trove of information that you can use
to become a better Project user — and thus a better project manager.
After you send out the last memo on your project and accept your last kudos
or criticism from your boss, take a moment to look over your Project plan
one more time.
Learning from Your Mistakes
When I teach classes in using project management software, people are often
a bit overwhelmed at all that a product such as Project can do. They’re reeling
from all the data that they have to input as well as all the information that
Project throws back at them. They can’t see straight for all the views, reports,
tables, and filters that they can use to access information on their projects.
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