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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 10, 2009)
  • ASIN: 0935719202
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Nancy Muir has written over 60 books on technology and business topics, including several bestsellers and titles that have won awards for excellence from publishing industry organizations. Prior to her writing career Nancy worked for technology publishers IDG Books (now part of Wiley Publishing) and MacMillan Publishing, and was a Training Manager for Symantec Software. She has a certificate in Distance Learning Design from the University of Washington, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in English from Drew University. Nancy has taught Internet Safety and Technical Writing at the university level, and runs the website iPadMadeClear.com to support readers of her two iPad titles from Wiley.

Customer Reviews

I wanted facts not a lot of stories.
Kathleen B
Project 2010 or any project is not for dummies, that is why I bought the book.
Lisa C
This book is well written and easy to understand.
Robert J. McMillen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TGW on April 3, 2011
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While there are several ways to learn Project 2010, for my money, this is the easiest way to get started. If you're a confirmed "techie," this may not be for you. But if your computer skills fall into the average range,
you'll be able to use several of the applications faster than you might imagine.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nusaram on June 22, 2013
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When I buy an "<XYZ> for Dummies" book, I'm expecting it to teach me at least the basics of how to use <XYZ>. This book, however, is written more in the form of a reference, but if I were to buy a reference, I'd buy a TRUE reference and not a "Dummies" book.

It doesn't walk you through any exercises; rather, it explains things. For example, it explains the differences between Task Types but doesn't walk you through any tutorial examples where you create different Task Types and see the results of each. Rather, it just tells you the steps needed to do activities. For example, "If you want to create a Fixed Duration task, follow these steps..." and it lists the steps.

I was looking to brush up on and improve my MS Project skills, so I researched several books. I finally settled on this book and the "MS Project Step By Step" book. Fortunately, I decided to start with that book and it was a GREAT start and I very-much HIGHLY recommend that book instead of this one!

The Step-By-Step book comes with example Project Plans and walks you through examples/tutorials. I learned A LOT from that book.

Even though this "Dummies" book may serve best as a reference, there are better reference-written books/series out there than this "Dummies" book, so I urge you to also AVOID this book, even if you're looking for a reference.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By IANO on September 19, 2012
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Book is OK. But is a drier read than I had hoped and would have benefitted from the inclusion of a DVD to actually demo the concepts or to populate a dummy project so that you could practice the concepts discussed and described in the text.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Douglas R. Wood on October 2, 2011
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Book told me what I wanted to know and was relatively useful. It is like it said, "for dummies," so if you're looking for advanced project help, look elsewhere.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aaryanna on March 14, 2013
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I once used MS Project 2003 for a job years ago. I had self-taught myself the program using a book much like this one. Unfortunately, I haven't used the software much since.

My latest firm, though - wanted me to use MS Project 2010.

Sadly for me, Project 2010 has changed so much - that even when using this book - I was unable to teach myself how to use this tool. I probably just need someone to help me get started. But, unfortunately, no one in my company - can even do spreadsheets - let alone project planning software.

I draw my own `fake' Gantt charts using MS Excel. That's more than advanced enough for everyone else I work with.

(Plus, I'd rather keep my `slack' time secret.)

Unless you really need its features - Project 2010 is overkill - and so is this book. I don't think I've ever felt - dummier.
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By Steven R. Hall on January 20, 2014
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I've had good results from several "dummies" books while in the extreme novice stage and this is no exception. easy access to the basic info. I did buy some more advanced reference material to go with this. very satisfied
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Reading this book has really helped in learning microsoft project. It teaches the basics, gives reminders, tips and tricks, and is also fun to read. very excited to put into practice what this book has taught me.
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By Haley Koehling on November 26, 2013
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It gave me clear instructions on how to get the most out of my software without using confusing terminology nor being condescending
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