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SharePoint for Project Management: How to Create a Project Management Information System (PMIS) with SharePoint [Paperback]

Dux Raymond Sy
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October 24, 2008 059652014X 978-0596520144 1
"If you are a project manager looking for a technology-based, easily implemented, and usable solution for project communications, document management, and general project organization, this book is for you" -Susan Weese, PgMP, President and Founder, Rhyming Planet Most companies don't understand SharePoint's power, and use it simply to share documents or spreadsheets. This hands-on book demonstrates how SharePoint can also help you organize and manage complex projects. With SharePoint for Project Management, you'll not only understand how to apply common and practical project management concepts in SharePoint, you'll learn how to build a Project Management Information System (PMIS), customized to your project, that can efficiently coordinate communication and collaboration among team members. With this book, you will: Learn to apply key project management techniques by leveraging SharePoint as a PMIS Track a case study that illustrates the circumstances and processes of an effective SharePoint PMIS Appropriately define access permissions for project stakeholders and team members Centralize project documents and keep track of document history with version control Automate project reporting mechanisms and generate on-demand status reports Track project schedules, control changes, and manage project risks Integrate project management tools such as Excel, Microsoft Project, PowerPoint, and Outlook Each chapter includes activities that let you practice what you learn. Most SharePoint books are either too introductory (for end users), or too technical (for system administrators). SharePoint for Project Management is just what project managers like you need to learn how to harness the organizational abilities of this powerful software.

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Learn How to Manage Your Projects with SharePoint

About the Author

With more than 15 years of experience in Information Technology, Dux Raymond Sy has earned a reputation as among the leading experts in leveraging technology to enhance project management. He is currently a managing partner of Innovative-E, Inc. As a thought leader in maximizing project team collaboration, he is focused on empowering organizations on how to leverage the benefits of collaborative tools with quantifiable goals such as: Increasing productivity and efficiency, decreasing collaboration redundancies and streamlining electronic communications. A sought-after trainer, he has developed and facilitated management and technology training to government organizations, Fortune 500 companies, non-profit institutions in the United States, Bahamas, Barbados, China, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines and regulary writes about project management, SharePoint and globalization at

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (October 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059652014X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596520144
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A basic book November 13, 2008
When I saw the title of the book, and the fact that it was from O'Reilly, I picked it up the day it came out. I had high hopes that I would learn some excellent tips on managing projects in SharePoint. To be fair to the author, the book does exactly what the title says... it shows you how to create a Project Management Information Systems site with SharePoint. Maybe my expectations were too high as to what I would learn.

Unfortunately, I don't think I learned anything new from the entire book. The book basically walks you through creating a project management site on sharepoint, tracking risks, assigning tasks, adding a calendar, etc. You could save the effort and just download the free Project Tracking Workspace template directly from Microsoft: [...]
If you are not experienced with SharePoint, then this is probably just fine for teaching you how to create a site, add web parts, and integrate with Office. If you already know what web parts are and how to synchronize with Outlook, then this is not the book for you.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Uses for SharePoint - Finally April 29, 2009
I've worked with the SharePoint product line for almost 10 years and I think it is growing into a fabulous platform for collaboration and communication. It is so full of features, options, and capabilities that many of the users I've worked with in the past have just given up for being completely and utterly overwhelmed. There are many books, training classes, blogs, web sites, etc. that will tell you "How to" do things in SharePoint. But, try to find resources on "What do I use it for" and you'll be amazed at just how few results you can find that actually tell you anything.

Dux has done a great job in giving a practical example of an "every day" use of this wonderful product. I thought the book was very easy to follow with a good mix of project management methodology and theory along with a healthy helping of how to apply it to SharePoint. The workshop exercises were easy to follow - even for my most techno-challenged PMs. And it reminded them a couple of times that they needed to actually follow good PM methods they had "forgotten".

In all, I recommend this book to anyone that uses, administers, designs, develops, or architects in the SharePoint world. Even if you don't learn anything about SharePoint or Project Management, it is a great resource to show to others.

I also hope this serves as an example of what is really needed in the SharePoint arena - a gap other authors will hopefully fill - Practical uses for SharePoint.

Thanks, Dux.

Kevin Hughes
ITIL Foundation, Network+, A+
Senior SharePoint Architect and Administrator
HNTB Companies
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The concepts in this book really do work May 28, 2011
Dux's book SharePoint for Project management: How to Create a Project Information System with SharePoint is a great resource. As someone who is adept with using SharePoint for other business applications I never really thought of using it as a PMIS. This book opened my eyes to the possibilities. I could see rather quickly the components he was referring to and I even built a PMIS based enitirely on what Dux suggested in his book and I was pleased with the results. But it was only a test site it was never used so I was not sure if it was really practical for project managers to use in a production environment.

The real test came a few months later when I was working with someone who was new to both SharePoint and Project Management. She was tasked with establishing a site for the Project Managers to use to coordinate their projects. She came to me and I simply gave her my copy of Dux's book and told her to read it and try to implement what she read. The following morning she called me excited to say that using the book she set up the PMIS and the department head was very impressed with it. A couple weeks later I was in a meeting and everyone kept referring to the new PMIS and how great and practical it was to use for managing their projects. So, this final example was all I needed to assure me that this book is in fact the real deal. Users can use it and get a very functional PMIS up and running rather quickly.

Great book Dux!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Basically Great! May 20, 2011
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If you are looking for something that will help you organize your budding PMO into a SharePoint environment, then this is the book for you. I have read a lot of books that provide the "SP is the solution for everything" answer, and I am usually disappointed to find myself more lost in minutae by the end.

This book strips SharePoint down and boil it into repeatable steps for you PMIS needs. This book is not a technical book to teach you exactly how to configure you IIS and Search for any environment that you may be in, it is more of a way to practically apply PMBOK Guidelines in a web based environment that will let you or your technical team determine the minutae that best fits your environment.

Highly suggested for:
Anyone creating a PMIS for a company that currently doesn't have one...
Upgrading your current PMIS to be more realistic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very basic intro to SharePoint November 10, 2008
If you want to know how SharePoint can improve project management this is useless. It has few PM specific suggestions and they are generally simplistic. If you want a simple "how to use sharepoint" book to give users (not just PMs), this is decent because it's shorter and less intimidating than other texts. Imagine a generic how-to book stripped down to the bare essentials and you have this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book to have if your using SP 2010
Good book to have if your using SP 2010
You can't have enough books when learning a new product.
Great price.
Published 4 months ago by Pname
4.0 out of 5 stars Dux does it right!
Written for MOSS 2007, but applicable to any SharePoint implementation. Written in Dux's lively style, great exaxmples and easy to use.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Published 10 months ago by Patricia Paratore
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative Book
I'm not a technical person but the book was well put together and easy to understand. I look foward to using the information I have learned.
Published 14 months ago by Jeanne Mixon
2.0 out of 5 stars Very beginner/basic
If you have used SharePoint before and managed it in any way, this book isn't for you. This is for absolute beginners. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
Published 15 months ago by jonathanbon
5.0 out of 5 stars SharePoint
Product came as described. Would buy from this seller again. SharePoint is a tool I use frequently so seeing the PM side of the approach is perfect. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sprout
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful book!
I liked the book because it explains very simple how to use Sharepoint as PMIS and has helped me set up the site for my project with ease. Read more
Published 22 months ago by K. Sohrt
4.0 out of 5 stars PM for SharePoint
The book is an easy read with straight forward concepts. Working on testing them now. Can't wait to try the MS Project sync third party application instead of purchasing a Project... Read more
Published on August 14, 2011 by R. Barfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of practical knowledge
This is a book to have in any PMO library. It is based on many years of practical experience. Must read!
Published on June 25, 2011 by Carol G. Sink
5.0 out of 5 stars SharePoint and Project Management: A Natural Combination
This book covers much of what I learned on my own about how to use SharePoint to enable project management processes. Furthermore, it taught me a few new techniques (e.g. Read more
Published on June 5, 2011 by Robert T. Lewis
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