SPONSORS

SPONSORS

Dynamic Scheduling With Microsoft Project 2010

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: Dynamic Scheduling With Microsoft Project 2010
Author:    Rodolfo Ambriz and John White
Publisher:  J.Ross Publishing and IIL, Inc.
List Price:  $79.95 USD
Format:   Soft cover; 800 pages
Publication Date:  2011
ISBN:         978-1-60427-061-7

Reviewer:   Moatassem Ghoniema
Review Date:  May 2012

________________________________________________________________________

Introduction to the Book

This book is a good tool for schedulers and non-schedulers that use Microsoft Project 2010. It indicates all the additions that have been made to the newer version of Microsoft Project. It will help users get up to speed quickly with the new features of Project 2010 and enables them to create effective schedules more efficiently by using the best practices, tips & tricks, step-by-step instructions, and practice exercises.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book consists of 14 chapters. The naming of the chapters shows well the content contained therein. The 14 chapters are divided into 5 stages of understanding a schedule 1) Concepts; 2) Initiating; 3) Planning; 4) Executing, Monitoring & Controlling; and 5) Closing, this is followed by a summary in Chapter 14 and case Studies in the Appendix.

Highlights: What I liked!

The first chapters show how to get started with the software, opening files, saving, printing and exiting; helping to break the software down for first time users. The Figures are very illustrative, making it easy for non-schedulers to follow the book.

In Chapter Two, (Setup), I really liked the table that shows some of the more popular commands and shortcuts. They help the user utilize the software with greater ease. Also, the section that explains the different views is wonderful. It explains in detail how to navigate the views by switching them, combining them and then switching back. In Chapter Three the checklist to evaluate the WBS covers the basics of creating a WBS in a schedule and addresses the schedule’s needs.

More…

To read entire Book Review (click here)

About the Reviewer

Moatassem Ghoniema

Moatassem Ghoniema, Senior Scheduler, JMT holds a degree in Civil Engineering and has 10 years of experience in the Design and Construction fields in the US, the Middle East and Eastern Europe where he gained estimating and scheduling experience. Mr. Ghoniema has also prepared and reviewed hundreds of Critical Path Method (CPM) schedules and delay analyses on behalf of owner agencies. He finished his MSc in 2007 and is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park in their Project Management Program.  [email protected]

Editor’s note:  This book review is the result of cooperation between publishers, PM World and the Project Management Center For Excellence at the University of Maryland (www.pm.umd.edu) in the United States.  Publishers provide books to PM World, books are delivered to the university where they are given to graduate students or alumni for review.  Each reviewer provides a book review in a standard format; the reviews are then published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  Since reviewers 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 [email protected]