Book review: Being a Project Manager

A TPC Book reviewHere’s another book review. And let me tell you, Being a Project Manager is a unique book, in a good way.

It’s been a while since I wrote a review or even read a Project (Management) related book. Just in case you are new to TPC, it’s a hobby of mine to review books on Project (management). The last book that I reviewed was the GAO schedule assessment guide. This time I’m going to review a book not related to the tool, but what it is to be a Project Manager.

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Book review: The GAO Schedule Assessment Guide

The GAO Schedule Assessment GuideAh yes, I couldn’t resist to do another book review. And best of all, you can get a free copy of this book yourself, more on that later.

This is a review for The GAO Schedule Assessment Guide. The subtitle might say it all: Best Practices for Project Schedules. Awesome, let’s take a look:

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Best tools for Project Management: Microsoft Planner

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A while back, I started a series of posts about the best tools for Project Microsoft Planner Logo
Management. Since then Microsoft created new applications and I would like to take a closer look at one of them: Microsoft Planner! Or how it’s also called: Planner or Planner for Office 365.

I’ll review Planner just like I did with Excel, Project and Project Server. Here goes: Continue reading Best tools for Project Management: Microsoft Planner

Book review: The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management

The Fast Forward MBA in Project ManagementI’ve spent the last few weeks reading the Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, a great book by Eric Verzuh who is, besides a bestselling author, the president of The Versatile Company, a firm that delivers training on project management topics to thousands of professionals every year.

This is the first best seller on the topic of Project Management I have read, and I do need to say that it is a best seller for a reason.

Reading a book about project management is a welcome sidestep from reading about the Microsoft Project and Project Online tools. This book describes processes, and methodology more than what button you should push next.  I hope you’ll like the review on: The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management.

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Backwards scheduling vs Deadlines

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Every now and then this question pops-up: “Can I schedule from the end of the project, backwards?”, or any variation of this question. Most of the time I am able to persuade the people in the training of the hardships you will endure when scheduling backwards. But then, sometimes it leaves me with this nagging feeling: Why do people keep asking this? Am I doing it wrong?

This post will explore the option of Backwards scheduling and the alternative I discuss during the training sessions. If you use backward scheduling or the alternative and would like to share your experiences please leave a comment in the comments section below.
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Book review: Microsoft Project 2013 The Missing manual

Hi Readers,The Missing manual cover

It’s been a while since I posted a book review. The last one was in Januari and was the Book review: Delivering Exceptional Project Results. Today I would like to review the book “Microsoft Project 2013 The missing manual” by Bonnie Biafore. We know Bonnie from a number of posts I did earlier; another book review and her guest post about multiple baselines.

Bonnie is an active trainer/author on a number of fields. She has writen 27 books (according to her own blog). Ranging from Project Management and Quickbooks to a thriller called Fresh Squeezed.

One reason why it took me so long to write another book review is because the sheer size of this pill, 786 pages thick! Let’s take a closer look at the book!

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Top sessions to watch – The Project Virtual Conference

With only 6 days left till the Project virtual conference starts, here is an update about the top sessions I would look into. I made 3 separate selections because of the different tracks that you can follow. I limited my list to only 5 sessions per track. This does not mean that the other sessions are any less, but these are just my personal pick and interests. Regardless, I hope you will join the conference and help make it an awesome event.

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About Earned Value Management

The Earned Value Report, about earned value managementHello readers,

By popular demand I write this post about a very interesting and already well documented technique within Project Management; called Earned Value Management or EVM for short. In the post I will focus on EVM in combination of Microsoft Project, Project Server and Project Online, because that’s what this blog is all about. Continue reading About Earned Value Management

Best tools for project management: Microsoft Excel

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Microsoft Excel logoWelcome to the first post in a new series. In this series I take a close look at 3 Microsoft applications that help people in their Project Management efforts. As a consultant for Microsoft Project (Server) I come across the different maturity levels and I wanted to share my thoughts on the applications and their usefulness in different scenarios. Today I take a look at Microsoft Excel. Continue reading Best tools for project management: Microsoft Excel

Introducing the free TPC OneDrive

Exciting news! I have just created an outlook e-mail address. And (you may be aware of this) Microsoft provides every outlook.com user with a OneDrive file share with 5 GB of free storage. I call it the TPC OneDrive (TPC as in The Project Corner of course).

TPC OneDrive cloud storage

 

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