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Gary and Dale, keep hitting it square on the head. This book is the best I have seen for managing project server 2007 and sharepoint 2007. I have looked at much of the Microsoft documentation, but this book gets to the heart of what is needed. It has great explanations and step-by-step procedures. I would recommend to anyone who is going to configure, manage, and monitor project server 2007. Also, it is a great book for those people who designing a project management office in their company. It will have you frame out your PMIS for your PMO.
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Gary and Dale's book is VERY thorough, and well organized. Given that the book is an 8/12 x 11 paperback of over 800 pages, it not something to curl up with in bed! If they offered it in a loose-leaf form to put in a binder, it would be easier to handle. One annoying feature is that most illustrations are on the FOLLOWING page from the texts referencing them.
I was very disappointed in this product, although I should have taken some of the earlier reviews seriously. I had purchased a book by the same author on an earlier version of the product (2002) and it was fantastic. Written from the standpoint of someone who had actually installed it, used it, had to deal with the issues as well as admitting the benefits. Earlier book was concise, realistic and accurate.
This book is nothing but Microsoft double-speak. Just a rehash of screenshot labels and Microsofts own help files, which are of course of little or no value. It's simplistic, at best, and provides none of the real insight, tips and true (i.e., realistic and accurate) trouble-shooting of the older book. The author has essentially sold out to Microsoft and produced something that never, ever really criticizes anything or points out any real flaws other than occasional references to bugs which are already identified on Microsofts site. And the other reviewer comments regarding its silly size and layout are completely accurate. The book could have been done in half the pages even if they were half the size.
I would not have purchased it had I seen it in a store first. I actually purchased all three in the series and, given the usability of the information presented, there was no reason to split them up, no reason to put them in this size or format and no reason to repeat Microsofts propoganda over and over again.
Too bad. I really thought I'd found an author that could be relied on for the straight scoop.
It's a little bit late for a reviewing 3 years later... but like all books from Gary L Chefetz and Dale A. Howard the content is almost perfect.
At the opposite of Pallas' review i will say:
1. It's impossible to write a book on a Microsoft software in juste a few months wihtout making sometimes copy/paste of the help file of microsoft. Otherwise you need 2 or 3 years of work (at least!) to make a good job and Chefetz and Howard and not full employed to write books...
2. It's vorbitten to speak about negative points of Microsoft products when you have the MVP title. This is why the authors don't realy speaks about issues, problems and stupids things of Microsoft Project Server.
otherwise this book if much more better than the others on the same subject.
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