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  • Perfect Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: ProjectPro Corporation; first edition (December 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986733903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986733901
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eric is one of the foremost authors, trainers & consultants on the use of project management tools from Microsoft. He authored the bestselling book Dynamic Scheduling with Microsoft Office Project 2003 and now publishes his new book Forecast Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2010 . Eric is founder and president of ProjectPro Corp, a company specializing in Microsoft Project and Project Server.
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.

More About the Author

Eric is one of the foremost experts on management software from Microsoft. He authored the book "Forecast Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2010". He is president of ProjectPro Corp, a company specializing in Microsoft Project and Project Server (www.ProjectProCorp.com).
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.

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Most books teach features, which this does as well.
Larry Christofaro
It will quickly become obvious that the author of "Forecast Scheduling" is a Microsoft Project expert.
Lynn Frock
Then this past year one of my students recommended Eric's book.
Frank K. Gaza

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Frock on February 16, 2011
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It will quickly become obvious that the author of "Forecast Scheduling" is a Microsoft Project expert. The book's content is detail rich. That content is organized in a manner consistent with the widely recognized steps of schedule construction and maintenance. We can use this book for reference, brush up on rusty technique, self study (whole or part) or classroom learning. Whatever our approach, "Forecast Scheduling With Microsoft Project 2010" is a very useful book

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
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen Lankton Schmidt on February 15, 2011
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Forecast Scheduling is a must read for project managers that want to effectively plan and manage their project schedules. This book is much more than a Microsoft Project users guide or manual, it is a project manager's guide to an effective project management process. It incorporates project management methodology, as well as a lot of insight into scheduling theory gained through experience in executing projects.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo Rodríguez Ringach on February 15, 2011
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Eric Uyttewaal's Forecast Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2010 is a neat reference book on Project Management and, certainly, a good guide for exploiting productively the tool of choice as soon as the installation is ready. It is also used as a textbook for learning PM fundamentals and MS Project (be it the Standard or Professional version or the Server capability) as well.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry Christofaro on February 15, 2012
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Over the years, I've read a lot of books and training manuals for Microsoft Project. This is the first book to really capture the essence of what it takes to manage projects. Most books teach features, which this does as well. However, the big difference with Eric's book is the way it identifies how and when to apply the fundamentals and techniques of Microsoft Project 2010 to be successful. The book is well structured and provides a unique combination of features and philosophy for managing projects using Microsoft Project 2010.
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