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ABOUT THIS BOOK This book is principally a Microsoft Project book aimed at Project Management Professionals who understand the PMBOK Guide Fourth Edition processes and wish to learn how to use Microsoft Project 2010 to plan and control their projects in a PMBOK Guide environment, and discover how to gain the most from the software. The book is designed for users of earlier versions to upgrade their skills and for new planners to learn the software. It starts with the basics required to create a schedule, through resource planning and on to the more advanced features. A chapter is dedicated to the new functions and it outlines the differences from the earlier versions throughout the book. A Microsoft Project user guide and training manual written for Project Management Professionals following the PMBOK Guide Fourth Edition who wish to learn how to schedule projects in a single project environment with or without Resources with Microsoft Project. The book is packed with screen shots, constructive tips and is suitable as a training course handout, for learning the software or as a reference book. The book contains workshops with solutions at the end of each chapter for the reader to practice the skills taught in the chapter. Microsoft Project 2010 is an extensive software update with many new functions and as a result this is a complete rewrite of the author s previous book. It is primarily a Microsoft Project book and has been written for people learning to use Microsoft Project in a project environment applying the PMBOK Guide Fourth Edition processes. It aims to teach readers how to plan and control projects created within the software package and stays focused on explaining how to use Microsoft Project to schedule projects by: - Explaining which PMBOK Guide processes the software will support and which it will not support. - Concentrating on the core functions required to plan a project. - Presents workable solutions to real day to day planning and scheduling problems and contains practical advice on how to set up the software. - Explains some of the important difference between Microsoft Project and other scheduling software. - Explains some of the more difficult calculations often omitted in other books. - Includes exercises to reinforce the learning outcomes, a large number of screen dumps, numerous tips, a detailed index and command list at the start of each chapter as a quick reference. - It has a chapter dedicated to the new functions available in Microsoft Project 2010. BOOK REVIEWS This book is useful for students and teachers in the classroom, and by project management and scheduling practitioners, both new and experienced. It is a rewrite of Harris recent book, Planning and Scheduling Using Microsoft Project 2007. This new book addresses the latest features and carry-over functions of Microsoft s latest release to the project management public with a PMI/PMBOK Guide spin. Sustaining his clear and concise manner of writing, Harris explains the basic and intermediate functions, both new and carry-over, of using Microsoft Project. The book covers most available functions and features, and adds complexity gradually and palatably as the users work their way through the book s 24 detailed chapters of content and reference information. Like the MS Project 2003, 2002, and 2000 books, Harris takes some pretty complicated topics like how duration, work, resources, and units trade-off with each other and makes it seem like anybody can learn to use the software. Harris books continue to be functionally organized, not by menu item. So, if you are using the book as a reference manual or help guide, it s easy to find a particular topic since you don t have to know which menu the function is called up from you just need to know the subject that you are looking for. The detailed index at the back is thorough and handy. Harris also provides a list of menus and related submenus at the beginning of most chapters for people who cannot remember how to find or use a particular function. Paul Harris has succeeded in explaining how to plan, schedule and track projects using Microsoft Project 2007 within the practices prescribed by PMI s PMBOK Guide. I recommend reading and using it. A. Larry Aaron CCE President, T&M Concepts Las Vegas, NV An accurate and maintainable project plan is critical for project success. Paul Harris has created a book that not only introduces a very powerful Project Management tool, Microsoft Project 2010, and he also provides PMBOK Guide process context and the steps to ensure that a plan is created that is accurate and maintainable!!. The guidance in the book stresses the importance of setting up Microsoft Project first before entering a plan by explaining how some of the subtle and critical settings influence the use of the product. In addition, Paul has provided a single example project that is developed through a series of workshops in the context of the PMBOK Guide processes. Each workshop includes a set of correct answers and screen shots to confirm the correct use and understanding of the way Microsoft Project helps project managers manage their planning data. The screen shots are carefully crafted to communicate each step of the way supported by text that is clear and written for the project manager in their language. I highly recommend the basis for learning Microsoft Project in a workshop training or individual study environment. Bruce McNaughton Director, Customer Driven Solutions Limited or

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