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software development, or an office move. See “Starting with templates”
later in this chapter for more about this time-saving feature.
You likely do similar types of projects all the time. After you create one
project, you use it as a template for future projects.
You can create resources for your project according to information you
already created in your Outlook Address Book. You can even create one
set of company resources and give access to every project manager in
the company (see Chapters 18 and 19 for how to set up centralized
enterprise resources).
A number of tools in Project employ complex algorithms (that you couldn’t
even begin to figure out) to do such tasks as level resource assignments to
solve resource conflicts, filter tasks by various criteria, model what-if
scenarios, and calculate in dollars the value of work performed to date.
Collaborating with your
project team online
You can take advantage of all the Internet has to offer by using Project
features to collaborate with others. In fact, Project 2007 begins to step into the
world of Enterprise Project Management (EPM), where easily sharing ideas,
information, and documents across your enterprise becomes possible.
For example, Project allows you to request updates on a task’s progress from
team members via e-mail. You can post documents and ask for team input.
You can even publish your project on the Web.
The Professional version of Project includes Project Server and Project Web
Access, which enhance workgroup collaboration. You can take advantage of
an online project center and resource center with areas for discussions,
progress tracking, document exchange, and more.
Part V of this topic, “Working with Enterprise Projects,” looks at how to take
advantage of the enterprise-wide features of Project Server and Project Web
Access.
Getting Started
As Shakespeare said, “In delay there lies no plenty.” I don’t know about you,
but I need all the plenty I can get, so it’s time to jump in and start using Project.
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