Project Management Using Microsoft Project 2013 – A Book Review
Project Management Using Microsoft Project 2013 is a training and reference guide that combines theory, best practices, and technical know-how. More than just a book that describes functions and features of a PM software, it explains to the reader why such features are important for the project manager. This text serves as a comprehensive guide about the different phases of a project, how to use MS Project 2013 in those different phases, and the value of doing so. The discussions and examples cover the different 2013 versions such as MS Project Standard, Professional, Server, Project Web Application, and the Online version for Office 365.
This paperback edition was published in August 2013 by Project Assistants Publishing. It has 456 pages and is about 0.9 inch thick. The title is displayed at the upper part, the subtitle at the middle part together with graphic images, and the author’s name at the lower part. ISBN-10: 061582188X; ISBN-13: 978-0615821887
Project Management Using Microsoft Project 2013 is primarily for project managers using a version of MS Project 2013 as their enterprise PM software. Other professionals such as technical people and business executives who are also project stakeholders and regularly encounter Project reports may also benefit in learning about the software and its functions.
What Customers Say
Al M. described the book as easy to read and concise, which help expedited his learning into actual practice. The guide is comprehensive, with a walk-through of all the features. The availability of multiple templates helped him apply the knowledge quickly.
Kenneth Feldman stated that Project Management Using Microsoft Project 2013 will be appreciated by both a novice and a skilled PM. Readers can read from cover-to-cover or jump around to find a particular topic. All in all, it is a good mix of PM theory and user manual of MS Project 2013.
Content, Approach, Style
Project Management Using Microsoft Project 2013 is divided into four parts. The first part is an introduction to project management. It contains three chapters which are the introduction, understanding PM concepts, and an introduction to Project 2013. The second part is about project definition. It contains two chapters that discuss how to define the project and how to do it using the software. The third part is about project task planning, and the fourth part is about enterprise project management.
The approach of the book is to present the theory and best practice first, and then it shows the reader how to do it using MS Project 2013, with some more explanations on why this is beneficial for the project. When read from start to end, it covers the life cycle of a project from initiation to close out. However, readers can also jump directly to a specific topic. This is fine for those who have a working knowledge of the software, but a detailed explanation of the features and how to navigate the software is discussed in the beginning chapters. The language is easy for project managers and those who are familiar with MS Project. The text also contains images, diagrams and screen captures for better explanation.
Why Buy the Book
Project Management Using Microsoft Project 2013 is a great resource and useful reference in applying PM concepts and best practices through a mature and stable business tool. MS Project 2013 users will also be able to make use of technology’s features and functions and apply them to projects that translate to revenues and profits.
Books that Complement
The PMBOK 5th Edition from the PMI details the standard principles and best practices. Skilled software users will find more ways to apply their technical know-how.
Gregory Horine’s PM Absolute Beginner’s Guide is another comprehensive book that has practical tips on how to apply the concepts and also make better use of MS Project.
Gus Cicala graduated Cum Laude at the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania. In his more than 30 years of industry experience, he has performed different roles such as a developer, a system analyst, project manager, senior project director, project management consultant, and CEO/founder of companies. He is the CEO of Project Assistants, Inc. for more than 17 years. It is an MS Project premier partner and enterprise PM solutions provider that helps clients optimize their business strategy through the right selection and improved execution of projects. The author has written other books, regularly contributes articles to PM publications, and is a keynote speaker for business and technical topics such as project leadership, risk management and MS Project.