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Microsoft Project 2010 Step by Step Paperback – Jun 2 2010
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Carl Chatfield and Timothy Johnson are the authors of every version of the popular Microsoft Project Step by Step going back to Project 2000.
Carl is a principal content project manager at Microsoft, where he oversees development of user assistance material, UI text, and web content for a range of products and services.
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You can very effectively skip through the text taking a chapter at a time to learn specific tasks. However, don't plan on using the SBS series for reference book or quick how-to guide. In Project 2010 SBS you will cover the core skills needed for using Project as a standalone application but helps are sprinkled throughout on using Project Server. SBS assumes the reader is already comfortable with the computer and has some experience with the Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 Ribbons.
Project 2010 SBS is a great book for learning the application and does contain many tips and tricks on the project management methodology. However, SBS is not a book on methodology. The brief appendix "Short Course in Project Management" is helpful but not a replacement for training and experience in project management. While the SBS series is best suited for individual study it can be used in the classroom in a pinch. I have used SBS series texts for several applications in classes but they are far from the best option. The price point of around $19.79 on Amazon is appealing for classrooms. The new appendix on using SBS in the classroom is unfortunately not at all helpful for an experienced instructor.
Disclaimer: As is common practice in book reviews I was given a free copy of Project 2010 SBS for review. This review was originally published on my blog at [...]
George Sawyer is Technology Coach & CEO of Sawyer Training & Technologies
There is some light coverage of Project Server and SharePoint but it's very light and not all that helpful. There is also an appendix on "Project Management 101" fundamentals of project management. I'm not sure why the authors feel this should be included; I guess they felt this could encourage less-experienced/aspiring project managers to buy this book and learn the tool. As a veteran PM, I did not find any benefit in this section.
Also, there is no longer a CD included as in the 2007 version, but you can get the PDF download and all the practice files from the publisher website.
All in all, a decent title and introduction to MS Project 2007. I will likely look for a more in-depth book/resource in the near future to supplement the information.
Everything was going great until I got to Chapter 9. There were some gross errors related to resource allocation that I brushed off; but then I got to Chapter 10. I am unable to perform any of the over-allocated resource tasks because the practice file is not even close to the chapter's content. It appears that the "Advance Plan_Start" file was published in the final state of the chapter vice the beginning. Therefore, all resource over-allocations have been resolved leaving the user with nothing to do.
Because of my frustration, I will have to continue with Chapter 11 later this week.
Without the correct practice file, I will not recommend this book for novice users. Advanced user will be able to apply knowledge from earlier version of Project to understand the concept of resource leveling, etc.