Making Effective Business Decisions Using Microsoft Project


pmwj14-sep2013-Johnson- BOOK IMAGEBook Title:  Making Effective Business Decisions Using Microsoft Project
Author:  Tim Runcie & Mark Dochtermann
Publisher:  John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
List Price:   US$75.00
Format:  soft cover; 376 pages
Publication Date:   2013
ISBN: 9781118097397
Reviewer:      Debra A Johnson, PMP
Review Date:              6/13

Introduction to the Book

I picked up this book expecting a “How To” approach to using Microsoft Project.  What I read was more of a 300+ page advertisement for Microsoft Project 2010.  However; there is a lot to be said for such an in-depth look at the “Why’s” of using a certain product or program.

When I got my first smart phone it came with a relatively thick instruction manual that I never touched.  I wanted a phone that would send and receive phone calls and text messages.  I didn’t need all of the other “stuff”.  It wasn’t until someone showed me all of the capabilities of the smart phone that I fully appreciated the hidden value in all of the extra features.  This book unlocks all of that hidden value in Microsoft Project.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Each chapter begins with an overview of what the authors would like you to learn in that chapter.

Then each chapter builds a business case for integrating Microsoft Project, Project Server and SharePoint with whatever else your company is currently using to show you how to get the most benefit using the tools at hand.  The authors include a lot of screenshots of the dashboards and graphics to show all that you can do and why you want to do it.

Each chapter closes with a bulleted synopsis of the high points you should have gotten from the chapter, followed by a list of references.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book?

The authors fully understand stakeholder influence from the lowest level of the WBS to the highest level in the PMO.  They focus on the actual ROI – whether that investment is the time spent on the project by the team member or the financial resources of the organization.  They put into perspective how the right tools, such as Microsoft Project Server 2010, enables everyone involved in the project to improve communication and thus make better choices at all levels.


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About the Reviewer

pmwj14-sep2013-Johnson- AUTHOR IMAGEflag-usaDebra Johnson, PMP

Texas, USA

Debra A. Johnson, PMP has been employed by IFS Industries, Inc. in Garland, TX for the past 8 years.  She studied Project Management at Villanova University and recently received her PMP Certification.

She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 321 in Plano, Texas where she has served on the Post 321 WWII Warrior Committee, committed to honoring WWII Veterans while they are still with us and able to share their stories.  She is a member of the Dallas Chapter of PMI.

Email: [email protected]

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