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Dynamic Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2013 – The Book by and for Professionals

BOOK REVIEW

pmwj31-Feb2015-Crudgington-IMAGE1 BOOKBook Title: Dynamic Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2013 – The Book by and for Professionals
Author: Rodolfo Ambriz PMP & Mario Landa PMP, with Keith Wilson PMP
Publisher: Published by J. Ross Publishing and IIL I
List Price:   US$69.95
Format: soft cover; 699 pages
Publication Date:   2014
ISBN: 978-1-60427-112-6
Reviewer:      Penelope Crudgington PMP, MSc
Review Date:            December 2014


Introduction to the Book

The book gives a really good overview of pretty much everything under the sun that anyone would ever wish to know about dynamic project scheduling using MS Project 2013– and some!

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book starts with an interesting introduction and comparison of MS Project 2013 and previous versions.

Chapter 1 (Concepts of Project Management) and 2 (Getting started with MS Project 2013) are a great ‘warm up’ to the subject of practical Project Management using a tool such as MS Project 2013. It should also be noted that the text is well aligned with the PMI methodology. Subsequent chapters are grouped by specific topics of data entry in MS Project e.g. “optimizing the schedule”.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book?

The book begins with a useful section on the differences between old and new versions of MS Project which I imagine would help direct the more experienced MS Project users on where to focus their learning efforts for 2013.

Highlights: What I liked!

A particularly useful feature of the book was the symbols used throughout, to denote where to take warnings/ reminders of consideration and points of interest. It is written and structured in a way that is almost verbal walk through of work examples you are doing with a team.

The authors are clearly from an experienced Project Management background and have written the text to be specifically useful to other Project Managers and the challenges they may face when undertaking project scheduling. The alignment of the text to PMI and specifically PMBOK 5th edition terminology is particularly useful in a working context. 

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About the Reviewer

pmwj31-Feb2015-Crudgington-IMAGE2 REVIEWERPenelope Crudgington (Roberts)flag-uk

Penelope Crudgington is currently working in the Banking & Finance sector for a leading US business bank as a Project & Portfolio Manager. She is a PMP & Prince2 Certified Project Manager with 15 years of management experience and 9 years in Project & Bid Management. Penelope has an MSc degree in Environmental Management & Sustainable Development, and a BA (Hons) degree in Business & Tourism Management. She has International experience across several sectors with specific focus in energy, sustainability and environment and the built environment. Professional achievements include several large data domestic energy research projects which are revolutionizing European energy policy.

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