Book Title: Microsoft Project 2010 Inside out
Authors: Teresa S. Stover/Bonnie Biafore/Andreea Marinescu
Publisher: Microsoft Press
List Price: US$54.99
Publication Date: June 2011
Reviewer: Johnny Gan, PMP
Review Date: May 2012
Introduction to the Book
If a workman wishes to do a good job, he must first sharpen his tools.
— Analects of Confucius
As a project manager, you need a sharpen tool on your daily project management, MS Project 2010 is latest version, and has been proved as one of successful tool for the project managers since it’s published in May 2010. With so many new features and enhancements in MS Project 2010, you must want to know how to master this big product quickly, and let it easily became one of your handy tools, Teresa’s book Microsoft Project 2010 Inside Out may be the one best choice you have.
Overview of Book’s Structure
Teresa’s book presents MS Project 2010 completely in a graphical way.
The book is logically organized, and covers Project 2010 standard version, professional version and Project Server 2010 based on SharePoint environment. The book also gives you a clear guide to find your way by using Project Web Apps.
The most important is that the book also lets you improve yourself, so you can design and manage your projects by applying bunch of customizing features. After all, the book is trying to help you to manage your project to a success.
Highlights: What I liked!
Even I am first touch MS Project 2010, I do not worry about how to use that with Teresa’s book. This book reference is well organized, so that I can easily find the topic you are looking for, which can solve my issues like how to manage multiple projects, how to integrate your Project 2010 with other programs like MS excel, Visio, or SharePoint and so on.
Teresa’s book focuses on inter-activities, and I found many tips through the whole book, and which give me the ideas how to handle the software problems.
The book contains a rich set of graphics which can simplify the concepts and enhances understanding more visually. Actually, the book try to help the reader reach two goals: To Learn and To Perform, it’s more practical purpose of the reader is looking for.
Shortfalls: What was Missing!
Honestly, MS Project Server 2010 is built on Share Point platform, so it should contains more powerful business collaboration services.
Who might benefit from the Book
The project managers or project coordinators will definitely obtain the practices from this book on their planning, executing, controlling, and monitoring the projects.
In Teresa’s book, what you learned is not just the product of MS Project 2010, but also let you know how to sharp this tool in your good work.
Project 2010 Inside Out; by Teresa Stover, Bonnie Biafore and Andreea Marinescu; published for Microsoft by O’Reilly Media; © 2012, soft cover, ISBN 978-0-7356-6162-2; List price $54.95; more information about the books at http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0790145337207.do
Editor’s note: This book review was the result of cooperation between the publisher, PM World Inc and the Dallas Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI Dallas Chapter – www.pmidallas.org). Publishers provide books to PM World, books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter where they are given to chapter members who commit to providing a book review in a standard format; the reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library. Since PMI Dallas Chapter members are generally mid-career professionals, they represent the intended audience for most PM books. If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.