Ultimate Learning Guide to Microsoft Office Project 2007 (Epm Learning) Review

Ultimate Learning Guide to Microsoft Office Project 2007
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I knew I was going to like this book when I read the first chapter. The authors immediately start with the basics necessary for creating and managing real, viable schedule plans. As the chapters unfold, each aspect of working with Project is explained in a level of detail that is as useful for new users as it is for "seasoned" users who have worked with Project for many years.

Microsoft Project has many features and unfortunately it will allow users to do things that are not recommended except for very unique types of schedule plans. This book pulls from the combined learning experience of the authors to sort out the "recommended approach" from the whole array of Project features. That makes it much easier for the user to develop a good schedule plan at the onset and maintain it through project completion.

If I were to say the book has a downside I would pick on the title. It sounds like it was written expressly for Microsoft's latest version of Project, 2007. However, I would say that at least 80% of the content in this book is applicable to versions of Project going back to Project 2000. That makes it invaluable for users who may not have upgraded to Project 2007. Nonetheless, many new feature were added to Project 2007 and those are clearly expalined throughout the book.

It is a long read - well over 800 pages but the chapters, or learning modules as they are called, make it easy to find a particular topic. I highly recommend it to all users of Project.


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Welcome to the Ultimate Learning Guide to Microsoft Office Project 2007. You selected the right book if you seek a complete learning experience and reference manual for managing projects using the Microsoft Office Project 2007 desktop application. Our goal in writing this book is to teach you how to use the software effectively.We take a systematic approach to the topical ordering which follows the Project Management Institute (PMI) standard. The first 12 modules teach you foundational skills by following the project life cycle. In these modules, you learn how to define a new project, plan your project with tasks, resources, and assignments, analyze the Critical Path, baseline your project, enter actual progress, analyze variance, revise your project, report project progress, and then close out the project.The next 10 modules teach you advanced techniques for using Microsoft Office Project 2007. You learn in-depth knowledge about standard and custom Fields, Calendars, scheduling, costing, Critical Path analysis, managing risks, and exchanging project data with other applications. You learn how to locate and level overallocated resources, how to create and use a shared Resource Pool file and a master project, and how to record and write macros in VBA. Throughout each module, we provide a generous amount of Notes, Warnings, and Best Practices. Notes call your attention to important additional information about a subject. Warnings help you to avoid the most common problems experienced by others and Best Practices provide tips for using the tool based on our field experience.After reading this book, we believe that you will be much more effective using Microsoft Office Project 2007.Download the sample files from the official book site and work your way through the hands-on lessons in each module. By the time you complete the lessons, you'll be an expert too!

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