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You’ve just been made a project manager. And, if that’s not enough, they’ve handed you a copy of Microsoft Project to help. Now you’ve got two gigantic new areas of knowledge to master: running projects, and running Project. Thankfully, there’s a friendly, realistic guide to both: On Time! On Track! On Target!
Author Bonnie Biafore has organized this book around real-world project lifecycles: selecting, prioritizing, and launching projects; planning and organizing them; executing your plans; maximizing your resources; tracking your performance; managing project change; mitigating risks; and successfully closing out projects.
Wherever Microsoft Project can help, she walks you through using it. So, for example, you’ll learn how to quickly identify costs, tasks, or people that are running over budget. You’ll walk through filtering your task lists for critical path tasks (perhaps to find tasks that can be eliminated or combined if you’re running behind.) Here and there, you’ll find handy tips and techniques for using Excel, too.
But, at its heart, this isn’t a book about technology: It’s about delivering projects successfully. It’s packed with best practices, diagrams, templates, sample documents: stuff you can use (especially since much of it’s provided on CD-ROM, too).
Biafore provides sample “work package documents” that give team members the details they need to accomplish what you want. There’s a sample communication plan for keeping executive sponsors, stakeholders, and team members informed. There are risk assessment worksheets and “lessons learned” meeting agendas. There’s even a project management glossary.
With this book, you’ll look like you know what you’re doing. Heck, you will know what you’re doing. Bill Camarda, from the April 2006 Read Only