Making Effective Business Decisions Using Microsoft Project


9781118097397_cover.inddBook Title:  Making Effective Business Decisions Using Microsoft Project

Author:  Tim Runcie and Mark Dochtermann

Publisher:  Wiley

Format:  Soft cover; 376 pages

Publication Date:   2013

ISBN: 978-1-118-09739-7

Reviewer:  Nazanin Mehrooz, PMP

Review Date:            May 2013

Introduction to the Book

Making Effective Business Decisions using Microsoft Project is a guide for PM to utilize the most appropriate Microsoft Project tools in daily support tasks, decisions and supporting strategic objectives.  The Project Portfolio Management (PPM) development and growth goals can range from basic, standardized, rationalized and dynamic.  Each builds upon the previous phase to deliver a more efficient PPM solution and requires the right blend of tools to optimize business decision capabilities and project management needs.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book contains 10 chapters:

  1. Business Intelligence: Knowledge of Key Success Ingredients for Project Server 2010
  2. Value Proposition by Role of Project Server 2010
  3. Meeting CFO Needs with Project/Server 2010
  4. The Business Shakes Hands with the Microsoft Project 2010 Platform
  5. End Users’ Critical Success Factors: Using MS Project 2010
  6. Thinking Local, Going Social:  Project Teams Can Thrive Using Microsoft Project Server 2010
  7. Better Together:  Microsoft Project 2010 Worksites Using SharePoint Server 2010
  8. Effective Transition of Strategy and Execution: Program Management Using Microsoft Project Server 2010
  9. Intelligent Business Planning and Controlling Using Microsoft Project 2010

10. Intelligent Business Planning and Reporting Using Microsoft Project 2010

Highlights: What’s New in this Book?

  • PPM growth depends on the technology used, cultural acceptance, business influencers and key requirements needs.  As the PPM software grows in size, scalability and use, so does the need for resources, process training and more capable tools.
  • It covered MS Project (Standard, Professional, and Server 2010), SharePoint (Foundation and Server 2010) and Performance Point Services tools.
  • For more mature PPMs, Project Server can help the PMO with the ability to report on financial and value proposition evaluations.  Utilizing metrics which are tied to specific phases and stages of the project lifecycle can provide reporting visibility needed by executives to make strategic decisions quickly.

Highlights: What I liked!

For a tool to be useful, it needs to be scalable, easy to use and configure, and assist with integration and collaborate within an organization.  Otherwise it will result in unsatisfied end users.  The book offered solutions in each of these areas and how to utilize specific Microsoft Project tools given different maturity levels of PPM. 


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About the Reviewer

Nazanin-Mehroozflag-usaNazanin Mehrooz, PMP

Nazanin Mehrooz studied software engineering and has worked in many industries (including defense, telecom).  Most recently, her focus area has been on IT operations, project and program management.  She is an active volunteer for the Dallas and Ft Worth, Texas PMI chapters.  Email of reviewer: [email protected]

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