Book review: Delivering Exceptional Project Results

Another book about Project Management, written by Jamal Moustafaev (president and founder of Thinktank consulting, among other achievements). I bought this book back when EPM 2010 was brand new. The reason why I bought the book was simple; I was looking for a book that had more information on Portfolio management and particularly on Portfolio Selection. This was because the Project Server 2010 version has the portfolio selection module imbedded out of the box, and that was a separate product in earlier versions. I wanted to read up on Portfolio management because I thought it would become the next big thing in the Project Server world and I knew nothing about it. And the sub title triggered me to get this book: A practical guide to project selection, scoping, estimation and management. Sounds promising right?

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I have added some free content related to the book on the TPC_OneDrive, go have a look, and read the “read me” file please.

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Book review: Forecast scheduling with Microsoft Project 2013

In the time I was busy settling in, in my new role as a dad I got an interesting offer. I was asked by Eric Uyttewaal to join the team to review his new book pre-release. A chance to get my hands on a book before it even hit the shelves, cool! Needless to say I took the opportunity with both hands.

Today the book came in the mail, crispy new. Sadly, this is all I have to show for my reviewing actions, due to limited time as a new dad, and some e-mail trouble, only 3 of the 13 chapters I reviewed got to the team. That’s the reason, I believe, you will not find me in the acknowledgements on page 3.

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2014, some statistics

Hi readers,

Happy new year! And welcome to an exciting 2015, may it bring you all the best! Thank you for visiting my blog, thank you for reading, following and sharing. You guys are awesome! Just like 2013, some statisticsthe 2013 post, I would like to start the year with a view into the past year and to the future goals with the blog. Continue reading 2014, some statistics

Book review: Exam ref 70-331 Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

It has been a hell of a job. But I finished the book! So here is my review on the  book that helped me pass the Microsoft exam 70-331 (posted about here).

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Book review: Proactive PPM with Microsoft Project 2013

Proactive PPM with Microsoft Project 2013Finally I got to it. Another book review on Project Server and this time even Project Online! I met the guys at Sensei Project Solutions at the Project Conference in Anaheim. They are a great source of Project Server information, I followed a number of their presentations and also talked to the author of the book; Kenneth Steiness.

Microsoft also acknowledges the company by making it partner of the year 2014. Congratulations guys!

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Book review: Successful project management

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Successful project management
I just finished another book and I wanted to share my thoughts with you. The book is called Successful project management with the sub title “Applying best practices and real-world techniques with Microsoft Project”. If that doesn’t sound like a good start I don’t know what does :-).

The book is written by Bonnie Biafore, who I had the pleasure of meeting at the Project Conference in Anaheim and who wrote an interesting guest post on The Project Corner concerning Multiple Baselines. If you’re reading this before the first of may 2014 you can even win this book by commenting on her guest post! Continue reading Book review: Successful project management

Book review: Forecast Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2010

Hi there, this is my 5th book review and a book that has a special story. I bought the book at the Microsoft Project Conference of 2012. I even got the book signed by the author, Eric Uyttewaal, himself. It was a nice meeting and we will probably shake hands again when I visit the USA to attend the Project Conference 2014 in Anaheim (have a look at all the cool content of the conference here).

The book is big, bigger than the 2003 version of dynamic scheduling (also written by Eric), a nice 775 pages of project management best practices using Microsoft Project 2010. The book is written for the 2010 version of the product but most of the exercises and theory holds true for 2007 and 2013 as well. Continue reading Book review: Forecast Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2010

Book review: Dynamic Scheduling with MS Project 2010

The Dynamic Scheduling books (2003, 2007 and 2013 also available) are a great way to get to know Microsoft Project and learn some of the key features that help you build a schedule that last the whole project life cycle. As far as I know there isn’t a 2013 version yet.

In my work as a consultant I have seen a lot of people use date related planning, the Dynamic Scheduling method helps define a better way to building a project plan. The book is nicely arranged and has some good best practices from building Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) to Earned Value (EV) calculations.

The book comes with a nice set of Web Added Value (WAV) downloads and will be a great way to learn for Microsoft certification Exam 70-178: Microsoft Project 2010, Managing Projects. Grab your own copy of the book by going to this link.

I would give this book a score of 4 out of 5 stars.

Book reviews on Project management and MS Project (server)

Hi readers,

As a consultant I try to read and know as much as possible about the subjects I’m considered to be an expert in. Apart from blogs and Microsoft TechNet there is a whole universe of project (management) literature out there to suite just that need. This is why I started doing book reviews!

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Book review: Project 2013 for dummies

Everyone knows the Dummies book series. And I do believe their goal (and slogan) is to “making everything easier”. Which is a great goal!

This book is a nice start to get to know Microsoft Project 2013 if you don’t like the more official/Microsoft step-by-step or inside out books. The book is composed of 5 parts that cover: getting started, resources, using baselines, tracking progress and finally a top 10 golden rules chapter.

I like the writing style because it’s really down to earth. However, sometimes I think it’s a bit too much and I want a more serious approach. But that is purely a taste thing I guess. Continue reading Book review: Project 2013 for dummies