QuickBase: The Missing Manual – A Book Review
QuickBase: The Missing Manual is a great guide to help you get organized in your business management. Getting everything well-coordinated, especially when you are running a large-scale business, is the real challenge. This book helps you manage all the data-sharing and other similar tasks which are important to ensure smooth business operations. Furthermore, it teaches you about several applications made by QuickBase to help you manage your business. The book helps in using and customizing those applications effectively.
The paperback edition of the book was published on March 28, 2007 by O’Reily Media. It has a total of 554 pages and a thickness of 1 inch. The book is based on the mini-applications in QuickBase, designed to help business owners with organization and management of their tasks. The book cover has an artistic design, with the caption ‘The Missing Manual’ along with an image of a dog with a book in his mouth, inscribed on it. ISBN-10: 9780596529604; ISBN-13: 978-0596529604
QuickBase: The Missing Manual addresses the business owners who often face a difficult time managing and coordinating with their team. As it provides valuable information and tips to save time and money while organizing your business activities, anyone who works in a similar environment will find this book useful. Financial advisers can also use this book to learn quick and innovative ways to reach an accurate conclusion, and present the relevant data where needed. Additionally, people who are completely unfamiliar with QuickBase can use it as a beginner’s guide.
What Customers Say
Dylan, an employee in a company which switched to QuickBase business solutions, explained how this book acted as a great reference and guide to set up an accurate and flawless system. He personally endorses it to all beginners who definitely need a detailed, step-by-step and simple explanation to all their queries.
Kasey Burt, a regular QuickBase user, also had a positive view about the book. She stressed that the book is worth purchasing, as she often consults it during her job whenever she forgets anything.
The Quickbase Software
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Content, Approach, Style
QuickBase: The Missing Manual begins with a brief introduction of the topics covered in the book. The content is divided into 12 informative and comprehensive topics. The concepts covered in each unit are arranged in such a way that you can read them individually, as per your interest. However, reading it chapter-wise, from 1 to 12, can help you understand and develop concepts better.
After focusing on the basics of QuickBase in the first unit, it covers the principles of problem solving in business with the reference of QuickBase applications. The simple words used in explaining the ideas help the reader to conceive them, no matter how modern or complex they are.
Why Buy the Book
QuickBase has acted as a great technology partner representing many businesses for a long time. However, failure to customize it in meeting your business requirements can reduce the effectiveness of the tool. This book will help you in avoiding the common mistakes, and come up with solutions to your management problems. You will get answers to all your questions regarding QuickBase and its applications within this book.
Books that Complement
Brilliant Project Management: What the Best Project Managers Know, Do, and Say by Stephen Barker and Rob Cole is a complete guide to managing any project more efficiently. It helps to identify the most important parts and communicate the details to other team members which can help you save a lot of time.
The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management by Eric Verzuh is another book which deals with the topic of project management. This step-by-step guide helps you to supervise and coordinate a project, and set realistic goals to get things done in the best way.
Nancy Conner got her PhD in English from Brown University. She is an award-winning freelance writer who has authored a number of books and quite a few articles, mostly on technical topics. Other than that, she also taught technical writing to college students for more than 12 years. Currently, she is working as a freelance writer and copy-editor. One of her famous books is eBay: The Missing Manual.