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February 06 , 2008

99 Tricks and Traps for Microsoft Office Project 2013


The casual users “Survival Guide”! Written for people who understand the basics and want a brief text to demonstrate some of the less intuitive functions. The book is aimed at Project Management Professionals who are casual or new users and understand the software basics but require a short and snappy guide. It is the sort of book that may be read without a computer on the bus, train or plane. This book quickly gets down to the issues that many people grapple with when trying to use some of the more advanced features of the software and enlightens readers on the traps that some users fall into and how to avoid them. It demonstrates how the software ticks and explains some tricks that may be used to become more productive with the software and generate better schedules. Suitable for people who understand the basics of Microsoft Project but want a short guide to give them insight into the less intuitive features of the software. It is packed with screen shots, constructive tips and is written in plain English. The book is based on the Microsoft Project 2013 but may be used with earlier versions of Microsoft Project as this book points out the differences where appropriate. Book Reviews: Tricks and Traps” is a great title, it really sums up what this book is about. For professional planners, we need to be aware of how the tool behaves and ensure that the outputs of the planning & scheduling process are what we expect. Microsoft Project is an extremely capable tool, but in the quest to make the tool easier to use and more capable, the designers have programmed in a number of traps for the unwary. For people new to scheduling, for those transitioning from other tools, they need to understand the behaviour and limitations of the tool. More importantly, with the knowledge gained from Paul, they can apply his tips and tricks as well as avoid the traps and complexity.” Martin Vaughan, Director, Core Consulting Group, Melbourne, Australia. About the Author: Paul Harris holds an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering obtained in the UK and is a Certified Cost Engineer through AACE International, a certified PRINCE2 practitioner and Approved PRINCE2 Trainer. He has worked in the project controls industry for a number of years and has assisted many companies in a range of industries to set up and run project controls systems. His Melbourne, Australia based company, Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd, offers project controls consulting and training services with a strong focus on Microsoft and Primavera software.
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