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Forecast Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2010 Perfect Paperback – December 11, 2010
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About the Author
In 2010, Eric was named Most Valuable Professional by Microsoft in project management applications (MVP Project). In 2009, Eric received an award from the Project Management Institute (PMI) for his 'Significant Contribution to the Scheduling Profession'. In 1997, he was President of the Ottawa Chapter of PMI. From 2001 until 2004 and again since 2009, he is president of the MPUG-Ottawa chapter (Microsoft Project Users Group).
Eric has been involved in major projects: the Canadian Forces Supply System Upgrade Program, the Cognos (IBM) BI Suite release and a Northrop Grumman Airplane Upgrade program.
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Eric has been involved in large programs: Canadian Forces Supply System Upgrade, Cognos (IBM) BI Suite release and Northrop Grumman Airplane Upgrade.
In 2010, Eric was named most valuable professional in Microsoft Project by Microsoft. In 2009, Eric received an award from PMI for his contributions to the scheduling profession. In 1997, he presided over the Ottawa Chapter of PMI. Since 2009, he is president of the MPUG-Ottawa chapter.
Top Customer Reviews
Throughout this book, the perspective is that of a project manager who needs a schedule that is sufficient for control and as automated as possible for easy maintenance. To be sufficient for control, a schedule must continually present accurate, current variance data, as well as present an accurate forecast of future milestone(s) variance. (Hence the book title "Forecast Scheduling".) Automation requires the schedule be network diagram based, have a Work Breakdown Structure, be resource loaded and balanced, have a baseline created and have performance data (actuals) regularly applied. The book shows how to do all this and more.
There are helpful descriptions of how Microsoft Project 2010 features work. Strengths and weaknesses of the tool are presented. Best scheduling practices are noted. There are frequent tips regarding the use of Microsoft Project. And there are quizzes at the end of chapters.
This book is consistent with the Project Management Institute's PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge). It is integrated with those PMBOK processes that relate to scheduling. While good planning advice is provided, the focus is on building schedules suitable for control.
I have long recommended Eric Uyttewaal's earlier books to my clients - either for reference or self study. I highly recommend this edition. I must note that Eric's books have never let me down.
Lynn Frock, PMP, MCTS - Project
Forecast Scheduling was written for the project manager from the perspective of a project manager managing their project schedule using Microsoft Project instead of the standard Microsoft Project books which explain the features and options of the software without the integration to the project manager's tasks. Also, unlike other Microsoft Project books which only cover the features of the product, Forecast Scheduling presents solutions to deficiencies in the scheduling logic behind Microsoft Project; specifically in the areas of Critical Path identification and Resource Critical Paths.
Extensive checklists and tools are provided throughout the book and summarized at the end. These checklists help the user verify that his/her schedule will not only model the project at the beginning of the project but will easily adjust with the actual project activity throughout the project. The project manager will be better able to adjust to changes along the way, anticipate problems that may occur and to determine the best mitigation option before the problem occurs.
Mr. Uyttewaal credentials are impressive, both as a practitioner in large-scale real-life projects and as a guiding force of the PM community. And it shows; the book is full of no-nonsense advice beyond the peremptory menus and options descriptions. Each chapter is a combination of theoretical positioning, step by step instructions and discussion of common and rare practical issues. Not only alternative solutions are presented but their relative merits and demerits are analyzed so that the reader can choose the most adequate to her current needs. I particularly enjoyed the discussion on time buffers and their (in) visibility to managers. All the examples are illustrated with clean screenshots and you can easily follow the flow of the text or move backwards to review previous material.
The book is organized along the whole lifecycle of a project, stressing the planning/scheduling commitment (chapters 3 to 8) that is at the heart of the approach of ProjectPro, the company headed by Uyttewaal. The author favors a special view of project planning based on taking full account of the power of forecast scheduling.
Even if Earned Value is not the author preferred methodology, it is also dealt with, explicitly acknowledging that is a market requirement.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
solid text. some techniques could use clearer explanation and some clarification (in 2 instances errant check boxes caused data to report incorrectly and I needed to supplement... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Patrick
Bought right when my job deployed EVM. Half way through it I switched jobs but this has come in handy when doing research for scheduling.Published 21 months ago by Natco
Excellent reference for forecasting with Microsoft Project 2010. Clear and concise. A key reference for anyone that needs to use MS Project for their job.Published on February 11, 2013 by Shannon Boudreau
This is a great book. I have been teaching MS Project at the local university (continuing education dept) for over fifteen years, and way back in 1994 you could find several good... Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Frank K. Gaza
A practical, well designed guide to creating and managing high quality schedules that I will be including as part of our recommend resources for our clients regardless of whether... Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by MTrumper
I have trained over 200 Project Managers, Resource Managers and schedulers using Microsoft Project Professional 2010. This is a must have reference book and training manual. Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by Michael Wharton
I am a Raving Fan of Forecast Scheudling. I have been developing Dynamic Schedules for many years. When I first read the 2003 book, I told everyone I know that Eric "gets it". Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by D. Lendry
Forecast Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2010 Forecast Scheduling is an excellent course in a book, which I have become quite comfortable using over the years, (previously titled... Read morePublished on April 8, 2011 by Mr. J. A.