Graduate Book Review 3: Mastering Resource Management Using Microsoft® Project and Project Server 2010

Book information

Title: Mastering Resource Management Using Microsoft® Project and Project Server 2010
Author: Collin Quiring, Tanya Foster
Publisher: J. Ross Publishing
 

Book review

By PhD candidate Michael O'Connor. 

Introduction to the Book

This is a good how-to-book on resource management that covers many areas of Microsoft® Project and Project Server 2010. It is filled with many useful screen shots and information on how to manage resources using these software tools.
The authors are very passionate about these project management software tools, and they have a very good grasp of how to use them.


Overview of Book’s Structure

The book has 15 chapters that are dedicated to mastering resource management. Each chapter is unique and has many helpful tips and guides to help even the novice person effectively utilize Microsoft® Project and Project Server 2010.
I think the best way to use this book is to have both Microsoft® Project and Project Server 2010 or at least one of them. If you have never used this version of the software that is OK, but you will get a great deal more out of the book if you have one of the software packages listed.


Highlights: What I liked!

I liked the hands on approach in which I could follow along with my copy of Microsoft® Project 2010. I did not have a copy of Project Server, but I was still able to follow along and understand the idea behind each of the chapters. The chapter walks you through the concept and provides plenty of screen shots to make sure you can follow along. I also like the reference guide at the end of the book.

The other area that I like is the PMP Specialist webpage that goes into further detail if you would like to learn more on that the subject matter. There is a great deal of information on this website that you may find useful. Also, the J. Ross Publishing website has a few extras under this book that one may find useful. I personally checked out the PMP Specialist webpage and the J. Ross webpage, and there are good reference materials there.


Shortfalls: What was Missing!

This is a book in which you do need some background on the software tool or tools in order to understand what the authors are writing about. Of course, I would have liked to have seen color screen shots, but that is expensive and not totally necessary. I did find a few of the screen shots hard to see because they had such small print.

I found some of the Microsoft® Project and Project Server 2010 discussions confusing at times, but since I know Project I was able to figure out what the author was talking about. I was also hoping for more templates on the J. Ross webpage.


Who might benefit from the book

Beginning to seasoned project managers and functional management would benefit the most from reading this book. In order for this book to be useful there needs to be an entry level knowledge of Microsoft® Project or Project Server 2010. Many of the examples and discussions revolve around the knowledge of these products. It is possible, however, to find this book useful if you only have an earlier version of Project; I cannot speak to Project Server since I have not used this software before.


Conclusion

I enjoyed this book as I am using Microsoft® Project 2010, and I was able to learn many new methods after reading this book. I would recommend this to people interested in project management and functional resource managers. I would also advise that this book become a standard training tool for many organizations. Resource management is an important role in most companies. There are many good solutions on how to get the most out of Microsoft® Project and Project Server 2010 when it comes to resource management. This book gets down into the detail and delivers the important instructions to manage resources in the portfolio.

About the reviewer

Michael O’Connor is a Senior Engineering Program Manager in Research and Development at Medtronic with over (20) years of experience in the medical device field. He has developed many medical products from conception to commercialization. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Project Management Program, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA.

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