Microsoft Project 2010 is a significant update to previous versions of Microsoft Project. Whether you are new to Microsoft Project or want to understand the changes that have been included in Microsoft Project 2010, this book is for you!! In this book, Paul provides hints and tips to understand how to make the best use of the new capabilities of the software and then give you confidence to apply them to your own project. If you are new to Microsoft Project 2010, Paul takes you through the correct steps to setup your project and then plan and track the plan using a best-practice approach. Paul has also structured the materials for individual learning or as the basis for a classroom style workshop. Microsoft Project is a very powerful project management tool. By following this book, you will gain confidence and the knowledge to use Microsoft Project 2010 effectively. --Bruce McNaughton Business Process and Change Architect Customer Driven Solutions Limited
Microsoft is shipping Microsoft Project 2010 and Paul Harris rescues us again with his latest user s reference guide and training manual, Planning and Scheduling Using Microsoft Office Project 2010. In this 380-page compendium, Harris addresses the latest features and carry-over functions of Microsoft s latest release to the project management public. Harris clear and concise writing style helps us overcome and understand the many confusing and redundant functions in 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 and appendix of content and reference information. As in his prior Planning and Scheduling Using MS Project books, Harris clarifies how duration, work, resources, and units trade-off with each other. He even addresses confusing topics like how to use the 30 user-defined number and text fields; the differences between screens, views, panes, forms, filters, sorts, and reports; and the many new software features such as the ghastly MS-Ribbon. Although Microsoft s style is to equip the software with many different ways to reach a single result, Harris does a very good job of pointing out these various approaches, easing one s learning curve. Paul Harris helps anybody to learn and use the software. Harris books continue to be organized by function, not by menu item. So, if the book is used 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 name of the function/subject that you are looking for. The detailed index at the back, as usual, is thorough and handy. There are lots of screen shots throughout and a list of menus and related sub-menus at the beginning of most chapters for people who cannot remember how to find or use a particular function. Having used his books for several years as training manuals for my own scheduling classes, I find the workshop exercises to be an effective tool giving students an opportunity to practice the lessons taught by the immediately preceding text the only way to really learn complicated software applications. And this application is more complicated than any prior version of Microsoft Project. Once again, Paul Harris takes the winner s circle by explaining how to use Microsoft Project 2010. --A. Larry Aaron CCE PSP CEP AVS
What a find! For years we spent weeks writing and rewriting courseware for Microsoft Project because off-the-shelf books were either lacking detail, poorly structured or incomplete. When we first came across Paul Harris books five years ago we were delighted. Well structured, concise, but covering in depth the topics we needed, Paul s Planning and Scheduling Using Microsoft Project was perfect. We were seeking a guide that explained not only how but also why, and focused on planning techniques as well as the tool. The guide has proven ideal for experienced Project Managers, inexperienced Project support staff as well as new graduates. We have used it in instructor-led as well as self-paced training; we even use it to train our own staff. We don t hesitate to recommend it to our clients, both for training and as a handy reference. Paul s 2010 rewrite covers the new features and the new navigation banner. With years of experience and a depth of knowledge in the tool, Paul Harris has created a truly excellent book to sit alongside his other books covering Primavera and SureTrak. With such a high quality, well-priced book, why would you bother looking elsewhere? --Martin Vaughan Director core Consulting Group Melbourne, AU
About the Author
Paul Harris holds an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering obtained in the UK and is a Certified Cost Engineer through AACE International, a certified PRINCE2™ practitioner. He has worked in the project controls industry for a number of years and has assisted many companies in a range of industries to set up and run project controls systems. His Melbourne, Australia based company, Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd, offers project controls consulting and training services with a strong focus on Microsoft and Primavera software. As a project controls consultant I have used a number of planning and scheduling software packages for the planning and control of a range of project types and sizes. I have written and published books for Primavera SureTrak, Primavera P3, Primavera Project Manager P6 and Microsoft Project. This book follows a similar layout to my previous books, but with the more advanced material moved to a new section towards at the back of the book. I trust this resource will assist you in understanding how to use Microsoft Project on your projects.