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SharePoint 2010 for Project Management

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: SharePoint 2010 for Project Management

Authors:  Dux Raymond Sy
Publisher:  O’Reilly Media, Inc.
List Price: US$44.99
Publication Date: February 2012
ISBN: 978-1-449-30637-3

Reviewer: Larry L. Johnson, MBA, PMP

Review Date: 06/13/2012


Introduction to the Book

The purpose of this book is to walk you through setting up SharePoint to be your Project Management Information System (PMIS). It also addresses why you should have a Project Management Information System and how it will aid you in managing your projects. If followed, this book will help you reduce communication inefficiencies so you can manage your projects more effectively. The book identifies which features will need to be included by your IT department and what you are able to do yourself when structuring your SharePoint site.

Overview of Book’s Structure

SharePoint 2010 for Project Management is set up in a workbook format and walks you through a variety of exercises to set up SharePoint so you can more effectively manage your projects. The first lesson is very basic and each lesson gets progressively more advanced. Each lesson explains the concepts to be covered then walks you step-by-step through each exercise. Included in the book are plenty of screen shots so you can see exactly what your site should look like as you are performing each exercise. Each lesson ends with a debriefing to review what you have just learned, a best practices checklist, and a summary.

This book also provides insight into how the features you are adding to your SharePoint site will help you manage specific areas of your project and why you would want to do so. For example, SharePoint 2010 for Project Management gives you the steps on how to set up a risk/issue log on your SharePoint site and also includes how to set up a workflow so any necessary approvals can bet tracked and stored on SharePoint.

Highlights: What I liked!

There are several benefits from reading this book. First, the book was structured in a very clear and concise way. The format tells you what you are about to learn then walks you through the exercise and finally it reviews the lesson. This format creates a great learning opportunity because you are reinforcing each lesson multiple times. Second, the book starts with the basics and gradually builds on each lesson allowing you to build your skills to more complex tasks while you add functionality to your SharePoint site. Third, the author provides pictures and screenshots for many of the steps. Fourth, the book addresses how to integrate project management tools into SharePoint which is very useful.

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About the Reviewer

Larry L. Johnson, MBA, PM

Larry L. Johnson, MBA, PMP is president of the PMI Dallas Chapter and has over eight years project management experience. This experience includes: consumer products, financial services, and logistics industries, managing database and application conversions, web based software development, call center management software, and tradeshow projects. He has experience working with both local and offshore teams. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Texas and his Masters in Business Administration from Baylor University.  Email: larry.johnsonjr@pm-progress.com

Twitter: @LarryJohnsonPMP

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 (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 book related to program or project management, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact editor@pmworldjournal.net.

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