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Making Effective Business Decisions Using Microsoft Project

ISBN: 978-1-118-09739-7
384 pages
January 2013
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A guide to Microsoft Project that focuses on developing a successful project management strategy across the organization to drive better decisions

Making Effective Business Decisions Using Microsoft Project goes far beyond the basics of managing projects with Microsoft Project and how to set up and use the software. This unique guide is an indispensable resource for anyone who operates within a Project Management Operation (PMO) or is affected by the adoption of project management within an organization. Its focus is to provide practical and transitional information for those who are charged with making decisions and supporting corporate and strategic objectives, and who face cost and resource constraints.

Because more and more companies are aligning project management with their business strategies, the book not only provides guidance on using Microsoft Project and teaching project management skills, but also includes important information on measuring results and communicating with the executive branch. It also provides valuable guidance in using SharePoint Server for social networking and working within a team.

Clearly written and presented, the book:

  • Covers work management using Microsoft Project at multiple levels within an organization
  • Focuses on using Microsoft Project 2010 to integrate and support overall organizational strategies
  • Includes hundreds of graphics, screen shots, and annotations that make it the most accessible and usable guide available on the subject

Making Effective Business Decisions Using Microsoft Project is a valuable reference for project managers at all levels, and it sets a new standard for training manuals used by businesses that teach courses on project management using Microsoft Project.

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1 Business Intelligence: Knowledge of Key Success Ingredients for Project Server 2010 1

In This Chapter 1

Maximizing PPM Ingredients, Culture, and Technology for Business Success 2

What Is the Project Management Lifecycle? 7

Information: What Fuels a PMO's Success? 16

Stakeholders in a Project Management Environment 21

Technology Meets Strategy: Welcome to the Business User Network 29

Important Concepts Covered in This Chapter 32

References 33

2 Value Proposition by Role of Project Server 2010 35

In This Chapter 35

Clairvoyance with Project/Server 2010: Forecast Future Results 37

Important Concepts Covered in This Chapter 75

References 77

3 Meeting CFO Needs with Project/Server 2010 79

In This Chapter 79

How the CFO Gets the Attention of the PMO 79

What and Why Is Work Management Critical to Organizational Success? 87

Synchronization of Strategic Objectives to Actual Effort 93

Important Concepts Covered in This Chapter 97

Reference 98

4 The Business Shakes Hands with the Microsoft Project 2010 Platform 99

In This Chapter 99

Logical Architecture Is More Natural for Business Users 100

Microsoft Project 2010 Platform Is Highly Extensible 122

Important Concepts Covered in This Chapter 130

References 131

5 End Users' Critical Success Factors: Using MS Project 2010 133

In This Chapter 133

Project Management in Small Business and the Enterprise 134

Initiating and Managing Projects Using the Microsoft Project Desktop Client 143

Being an Effective Enterprise Project Manager Using Microsoft Project Server 161

Fluent Project Management Using the Fluent UI: Introducing the Ribbon 171

Important Concepts Covered in This Chapter 181

References 182

6 Thinking Local, Going Social: Project Teams Can Thrive Using Microsoft Project Server 2010 185

In This Chapter 185

Project Management Looking Ahead 185

PPM Lifecycle 188

Important Concepts Covered in This Chapter 202

7 Better Together: Microsoft Project 2010 Worksites Using SharePoint Server 2010 203

In This Chapter 203

Integration of Collaboration, Social Media, and Project-Related Information 203

SharePoint Server 2010 Offers Critical Business Capabilities 208

Being Social in a Project Environment 217

Important Concepts Covered in This Chapter 221

8 Effective Transition of Strategy and Execution: Program Management Using Microsoft Project Server 2010 223

In This Chapter 223

Projects Are the 'How,' Programs Are the 'Why' 224

Important Concepts Covered in This Chapter 249

References 249

9 Intelligent Business Planning and Controlling Using Microsoft Project 2010 251

In This Chapter 251

Understanding Strategic Planning with Project Server 251

Creating and Managing Portfolio Lifecycle for Project Server 256

Understanding and Building Business Drivers 259

Using Project Server to Master Demand Management 268

Building Project Selection Criteria 286

What the Effi cient Frontier Is and How to Use It 292

Working with Constraints in Portfolio Planning 296

Creating and Running Multiple Scenarios for Portfolio Planning 303

Applying Strategic Analysis for Corporate to Departmental Needs 306

Committing New Work Portfolios and Measuring for ROI 309

Project Server Optimizing Governance for PMOs 315

Important Concepts Covered in This Chapter 319

References 320

10 Intelligent Business Planning and Reporting Using Microsoft Project 2010 321

In This Chapter 321

What Is Dynamic Reporting . . . 321

Creating Easy-to-Access Reporting in Project Server/SharePoint BI 324

Important Concepts Covered in This Chapter 361

Index 363

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Tim Runcie is an industry-recognized technology and methodology expert. His twenty-plus year career has helped organizations leverage technologies (including Project, Project Server, and SharePoint) to achieve better ROI and cultural maturity in project, program, and portfolio management.

Mark 'Doc' Dochtermann has spent more than thirty years working in almost every major corporation: from IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, Xerox, and in organizations that are focused on project and portfolio management.

ADVISICON is a consulting firm that delivers strategic project control solutions using advanced project and portfolio management methodologies, custom application development, and consultative training. Their clients throughout North America and Latin America have realized quantifiable results through a unique approach of combining knowledge transfer, optimization and sustainability of processes, and technology while increasing stakeholder competencies. Advisicon's team of professionals includes PMI-certified Project Management Professionals® (PMPs), Microsoft Certified Professionals®, and Microsoft MVPs.

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February 27, 2013
Making Effective Business Decisions Using Microsoft Project

With the recent release of the PMBOK® GUIDE -- FIFTH EDITION, project management professionals need help implementing these new standards and students need help comprehending them in order to pass the PMP® Exam. As the industry continues to flourish, organizations understand that the role of project management plays an integral part in achieving success and remaining competitive. Wiley releases four new titles on project management, to aid professionals with their specific needs.

The first release MAKING EFFECTIVE BUSINESS DECISIONS USING MICROSOFT PROJECT: (Wiley; February 4. 2013; 978-1-118-097397; $75.00) by Tim Runcie and Mark Dochtermann, is a guidebook that is designed to be read and referenced by those who operate within a Project Management Operation, or are affected by the adoption of project management within the organization. MAKING EFFECTIVE BUSINESS DECISIONS USING MICROSOFT PROJECT focuses on providing practical and transitional information for those in charge of making decisions as well as:

  • Covers work management using Microsoft Project at multiple levels within an organization
  • Focuses on using Microsoft Project 2010 to integrate and support overall organizational strategies
  • Includes hundreds of graphics, screen shots and annotations that make it the most accessible and usable guide available on the subject.

The second and third release, A USER’S MANUAL TO THE PMBOK® GUIDE -- FIFTH EDITION (Wiley; March 4, 2013; 978-1-118-431078; $75.00)and A PROJECT MANAGER’S BOOK OF FORMS: A COMPANION TO THE PMBOK® GUIDE --   FIFTH EDITION (Wiley, March 4 2013; 978-1-118-430781; $80.00)by Cynthia Stackpole Snyder, provide valuable information to help individuals understand and pass the “Project Management Professional” certification exam. A USER’S MANUAL TO THE PMBOK® GUIDE -- FIFTH EDITION, is the ultimate resource for professionals in the industry. It is a must-have manual to use the latest edition of the PMBOK® Guide and is a valuable studying and training device for students taking the PMP® Exam. A PROJECT MANAGER’S BOOK OF FORMS, is intended specifically to assist both new and experienced project managers in handling all aspects of a project. This edition contains forms that cover all the process groups: initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling and closing. It also includes some forms not mentioned in the PMBOK® Guide, which professionals will find helpful in managing their project, as well as editable electronic versions of all the blank forms, in Microsoft Office-compatible format on an accompanying website.

The last release PROJECT MANAGEMENT: A SYSTEMS APPROACH TO PLANNING, SCHEDULING AND CONTROLLING, 11TH EDITION (Wiley; March 25, 2013; 978-1-118-022276; $99.99) by Harold Kerzner, is an updated edition of the best-selling "bible" for students and professionals aligned with PMI’s latest release of the PMBOK Guide. It maintains the streamlined approach of the prior editions and moves the content even closer to PMI’ Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). This new edition offers new sections on added value, business intelligence, and project governance. It includes 400 discussion questions and more than 125 multiple-choice questions, and serves as an excellent study guide for the PMP Certification Exam. In addition it provides 25 case studies covering a variety of industries, almost all of which are real-world situations drawn from the author’s practice.

Author Bios:

MAKING EFFECTIVE BUSINESS DECISION S USING MICROSOFT PROJECT:

Tim Runcie, President of Advisicon, is an industry-recognized technology and methodology expert. His twenty-plus year career has helped organizations leverage technologies (including Project, Project Server, and SharePoint) to achieve better ROI and cultural maturity in project, program, and portfolio management.

Mark 'Doc' Dochtermann has spent more than thirty years working in almost every major corporation: from IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, Xerox, and in organizations that are focused on project and portfolio management.

ADVISICON is a consulting firm that delivers strategic project control solutions using advanced project and portfolio management methodologies, custom application development, and consultative training. Their clients throughout North America and Latin America have realized quantifiable results through a unique approach of combining knowledge transfer, optimization and sustainability of processes, and technology while increasing stakeholder competencies.

A USER’S MANUAL TO THE PMBOK® GUIDE -- FIFTH EDITION and A PROJECT MANAGER’S BOOK OF FORMS: A COMPANION TO THE PMBOK® GUIDE -- FIFTH EDITION:

Cynthia Stackpole Snyder, PMP, MBA, EVP, is a professional project management consultant, instructor, and author of eight books on project management. She has experience in training for the corporate, public sector and academic environment for clients such as Hewlett Packard, Medtronic, and the Central Intelligence Agency. Cynthia is an active volunteer with the Project Management Institute, and currently sits on the Standards Member Advisory Group. Cynthia was the Project Manager for the PMBOK® Guide – Fourth Edition.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT: A SYSTEMS APPROACH TO PLANNING, SCHEDULING AND CONTROLLING, 11TH EDITION:

Harold Kerzner, Boynton Beach, FL, PhD, is Senior Executive Director for Project Management at International Institute of Learning, Inc. (IIL) -- a global learning solutions company offering professional training and consulting services worldwide. Dr. Kerzner's profound effect on the project management industry inspired IIL to establish the Kerzner International Project Manager of the Year Award, which is presented to a distinguished PMP® or global equivalent each year. More recently, IIL donated $1 million to the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) to establish the Dr. Harold Kerzner Scholarship Fund. To learn more about Dr. Kerzner's "Achieving PM Excellence" courses as well as his podcast series, visit www.IIL.com.

 

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