Review of Successful Project Management: Applying Best Practices and Real-World Techniques with Microsoft® Project | Bonnie Biafore

Okay, my first O’Reilly book that isn’t exactly a technical programmer’s book, but rather a management book. I think a programmer needs to know more than just how to use APIs, and this book introduces a new perspective to a developer’s mind.

Especially if you are very entrepreneurial at mind, like I am, 

The book focuses on a prescribed methodology, formulated by the Project Management Institute, structured via Microsoft’s management tool, Microsoft Project 2010. Okay, well I don’t use and won’t use MS Project, as I use a mac, but applying basic principles to other tools, such as Merlin for Mac I still find this book to be potent in helping me manage my own project, or a project with a collaborator. 

Relating the philosophy of project management by breaking down projects into tasks, and units and resources, visioning milestones and goals, and working with dependencies is what this book will give you, and perfect for the agile developers out there, who want to manage a project agile-ley as well. 
 
I certainly recommend this book, in your bookshelf of other books that you will need to master, in order to be a more holistic programmer and businessman, a role that has blurry boundaries these days.

Author Description:

Learn best practices and proven methods from project management professionals—and apply these skills as you work with Microsoft® Project. In this practical guide, project management expert Bonnie Biafore shows you how to manage projects efficiently and effectively, sharing the real-world experiences of project managers in several industries. You’ll learn how to put the best practices and hard-won lessons of experts to work on your critical projects.

I Rate this book:  4.5 out of 5

Format: Print, Ebook, Safari Books Online

Publish Date: February 2011

If you’re interested in this career field, consider earning a project management degree online to acquire all the skills you need to know in order to succeed.
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