Successful Project Management: Applying Best Practices and Real-World Techniques with Microsoft® Project (Business Skills) Paperback – 11 Apr 2011
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A practical guide to managing projects successfully from start to finish
About the Author
Bonnie Biafore has always been fascinated with math in its practical and more esoteric forms. She writes excellent and entertaining books about personal finance, investing, accounting, and project management. Her NAIC Stock Selection Handbook won major awards from the Society of Technical Communication and APEX Awards for Publication Excellence (but the raves she receives from beginning investors mean much more to her).
Bonnie is also the author of O'Reilly's Online Investing Hacks, QuickBooks 2011: The Missing Manual, and Microsoft Project 2010: The Missing Manual. She writes a monthly column called WebWatch for Better Investing magazine and is a regular contributor to http://www.interest.com. As a consultant, she manages projects for clients and wins accolades for her ability to herd cats.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is an attempt to prepare for an MCTS exam.
I haven't passed it yet and I don't think this book is sufficient to get me through.
I suspect more training is required.
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Which brings me to the next point: this book is for beginners only, not for experienced PMs. If you've been managing projects for a while already, there might not be much useful for you in this book. If you've just started with project management, however, this book is definitely an interesting read. It goes through the different phases of a project, following the standardised and proven PMI methodology. The book goes through all the important phases of a project (getting approval, building a WBS, building a schedule, budgeting, executing, managing change, and so on), however without going too deep into it. You'll get to understand the basics of each topic, however don't expect to much information that explains it much further.
My opinion of this book: I was struggling a bit whether I find this book only average or better than that. In the end, I thought hard about the target audience for this book and how useful it is for them, and came to the decision that it's a solid book for junior project managers, or anyone working on a project for the first time, and that I would give it a rating of 4/5.
On the minus side, I found the book to be a little too verbose for my liking. I preferred Stackpole's 'User Manual to PMBOK Guide' for this reason. Two glaring omissions from this book are the absence of any figures and the absence of any case studies or descriptions. Finally, there are no new ideas for experienced project managers. The book is useful to this latter category in that they can have a handy title to recommend to those interested in the field, and also their business counterparts.
Recommended for entry level project managers, who have had SDLC experience on at least two past projects.
If you have experience with formal project methods, this is probably not the book for you. New or part-time project managers would benefit from the text, as it discusses most of the touchpoints of project management in easily accessible language. That's not a small accomplishment, and is complemented by a clear, direct writing style.
The most common tasks in Project (work breakdown structure, resource information, etc ) are covered at a level sufficient to make the reader functional, but not necessarily expert. There are also a number of frustration-saving tips, such as those on where to use fixed dates on tasks.
In addition to the tool-related narratives, there are also chapters on ancillary topics like budgets, reporting and some financial analysis. This should be of great value to the novice PM.
Overall, a good purchase for anyone just starting out in project management.
Disclaimer, I was provided access by O'Reilly Publishing to an electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
Especially if you are very entrepreneurial at mind, like I am,
The book focuses on a prescribed methodology, formulated by the Project Management Institute, structured via Microsoft's management tool, Microsoft Project 2010. Okay, well I don't use and won't use MS Project, as I use a mac, but applying basic principles to other tools, such as Merlin for Mac I still find this book to be potent in helping me manage my own project, or a project with a collaborator.
Relating the philosophy of project management by breaking down projects into tasks, and units and resources, visioning milestones and goals, and working with dependencies is what this book will give you, and perfect for the agile developers out there, who want to manage a project agile-ley as well.
I certainly recommend this book, in your bookshelf of other books that you will need to master, in order to be a more holistic programmer and businessman, a role that has blurry boundaries these days.
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