I am so proud to announce that my book is finally available for pre-order! Published by The Microsoft Press Store by Pearson Press, it is available as an e-book or as a hardcopy. It will be officially available on May 17, 2019 and it is 592 pages of full color step by step instruction on Microsoft Project 2019.
Described as “This is learning made easy. Get more done quickly with Microsoft Project 2019. Jump in wherever you need answers–brisk lessons and informative screenshots show you exactly what to do, step by step. Other Project users will want to grab this book as well.”
- Quickly start new plans, build task lists, and assign resources
- View resource capacity and track progress
- Capture and fine-tune work and cost details
- Visualize schedules with Gantt charts and other views and reports
- Consolidate projects, and share resources across plans
- Manage modern Agile projects (James Mills, Jr., contributor)
- Customize Project to maximize your efficiency
- Leverage improvements to task linking, timelines, and accessibility
- Master PM best practices while you learn Project
- Look up just the tasks and lessons you need
For this book, I approached Microsoft Project the way it was designed. I was not thinking about a specific use case, industry, or best practice. This may be a different approach than what you might expect. The benefit of this book it is truly a book that can be applied to any scenario at any organization that seeks to take advantage of the out of the box features of this powerful software. The book also includes sidebars that add general knowledge about project management and the application of scheduling that can help you relate concepts to your work environment.
What Can You Expect
Compared to other books on the market, this helps you use the product as is, and take advantage of all that it has to offer. It is targeted to help people learn what they need to learn when they need to learn it. You can choose to read chapters in order or select the chapter you need when you need it. If the chapter assumes knowledge from a previous chapter, it will be mentioned in the text. It would be perfectly appropriate in a collegiate or educational environment.
The Power of Networking
An editor from Pearson Press, reached out to me on LinkedIn and began the conversation about writing a book about Microsoft Project 2019. I have been working on this since August of 2018, updating all of the material from the 2016 version of the book. I would estimate the effort to be an average of about 20 hours per week over the course of nine months.
What Did It Take
There was a lot of testing and confirmation, so every step, screenshot, and review pass had to be carefully completed and confirmed. And it wasn’t just one review pass! There were reviews that were done by numerous people for editing, layout, technical accuracy, and consistency to ensure that the finished product was completed accurately and visually appealing to readers.
Carl Chatfield and Timothy Johnson are listed as co-authors for the book. However, we did not actively communicate throughout the process of putting the book together. They authored the previous version of Microsoft Project 2016 Step by Step, which is what I updated to create this book and therefore it was necessary to share author credit.
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