Review of Project 2007 Inside Out as a Project Management Resource

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With over 1,000 pages of step-by-step instructions, Microsoft Office Project 2007: Inside Out by Teresa S. Stover [Stover, T. S. (2007). Microsoft Office Project 2007: Inside Out. Microsoft Press] could very well become the ultimate destination for learning everything you need to know about Microsoft Office Project 2007. However, this book is not for the faint of heart or for those new to using technology in project management. Rather, it was designed with the experienced project manager in mind.

But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. After all, many project managers get their theory-based approach to projects by following PMBOK’s guidelines. What Microsoft Office Project 2007: Inside Out can do is provide experienced project managers with hundreds of tips, tricks, workarounds and solutions for using Project 2007 to manage one or multiple projects.

If you’re looking for a book that walks you through Project 2007 from a project management perspective (initiation through closing), this is probably not the book you’re looking for. Rather this book was intended for project managers and key project team members alike to get to know Project, quite literally, inside and out with the kind of detail you need to really make the Project 2007 go to work for you as you plan your projects. This book has everything you need to know about Project 2007, including full descriptions and workarounds of the quirks inherent in the software that are sometimes more frustrating than helpful (like effort-driven scheduling).

That’s not to say that there aren’t beginner-level topics inside this book – there are. But, this book follows the traditional “Inside Out” format you’ve probably seen in previous Microsoft Press publications which tends to appeal to more advanced computer users. And, in reality, this format is what makes this book an outstanding reference tool for your desk and your project management toolbox. It really is more of a reference tool than it is a learning tool.

Because this book covers everything you need to know about Microsoft Office Project 2007 (including the use of enterprise project management capabilities and working with Project Server 2007), it is recommended by Microsoft as a study aid in preparing for Exam 70-632, Managing Projects Using Microsoft Project 2007. In using this book beyond a reference guide to prepare for this exam, you may find that you reach the test over-prepared. For example, Project Server 2007 is not a certification objective for Exam 70-632. But, it’s probably better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.

With a retail price of $49.99, this book is a good value for the depth of resource information it provides at your fingertips.

You can learn more about the Managing Projects Using Microsoft Project exam here.