Mastering Resource Management Using Microsoft® Project and Project Server 2010

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By Collin Quiring, PMP, MCTS, MCT, MCP, and Tanya Foster, PMP, MCTS, MCT
Softcover, 7.5 x 9.25, 344 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-065-5
August 2011

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In the new economy, organizations in a myriad of sizes and industries are now more than ever seeking a better understanding of how to best utilize and manage the scarce resources devoted to their project portfolios. Microsoft® Project and Project Server are the most widely used and one of the top-rated enterprise project management software packages in the marketplace today and understanding how to properly use it allows an organization to cut costs, share information, and increase efficiency and effectiveness. However, due to the size and complexity of the software, covering all the numerous features, within a single text, may not meet the needs of those specifically involved with resource management.

Mastering Resource Management Using Microsoft® Project and Project Server 2010 provides the guidance needed to master resource management and exploit the full potential of Microsoft® Project and Project Server as it pertains to this critical function. It will also serve as a great companion to practical guides demonstrating the breadth of features and functionality available in this software.

Key Features

  • Presents step-by-step illustrated instructions on using Microsoft Project with Project Server 2010 as well as stand-alone Project Professional to best utilize and manage scarce resources devoted to project portfolios
  • Explains the philosophy and methodology the software tool uses “behind the scenes” which will enable you to use it with confidence and clarity, become an expert user, and better manage your project portfolios and business
  • Provides practical insights into how to maximize the resource management capabilities of Microsoft Project to obtain better information on resource usage, costs, and future needs, and in turn, gain better planning, scheduling, awareness and control of your scarce resources
  • Highlights the things a manager must remember to do daily, weekly, monthly and annually to keep the system in place and working as expected
  • WAV offers downloadable tips, templates and a presentation outlining the value of implementing Microsoft Project, Project Server, and project management concepts in your organization — available from the Web Added Value™ Download Resource Center

About the author(s)

Collin Quiring is the Managing Partner of PMP Specialists and has over 15 years experience in project management, resource management, product development, systems administration, and training. Mr. Quiring is a technical expert in Microsoft Project and Project Server. He has worked with all aspects of the tools from installation to configuration to daily administration, and holds the PMP, MCTS, MCT, MCP and CIRM certifications, along with an MBA.

Tanya Foster is a trainer and consultant in project management and Microsoft Project and Project Server applications for PMP Specialists. She has over 10 years of experience in project management, scheduling administration, operations, customer service, and training, and holds PMP, MCTS and MCT certifications.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Resource Management, What Is It Good For?
Chapter 2: Microsoft Project 2010: Why Use It?
Chapter 3: Things to Think About: Resource Calendars, Tasks, and Security
Chapter 4: Who Can Work When?: Project Calendars
Chapter 5: Resources in the Pool
Chapter 6: Who Is Working When?: Resource Calendars
Chapter 7: Assigning a Resource
Chapter 8: Update Cycle and Approvals
Chapter 9: Timesheets
Chapter 10: Leveling Resource Assignments
Chapter 11: Utilizing Resources
Chapter 12: Information Is Everywhere
Chapter 13: A Portfolio Perspective
Chapter 14: Questions and Answers
Chapter 15: Conclusion
Appendix A
Appendix B


Mastering Resource Management does a great job of explaining the tactical steps to utilizing MS Project Server 2010, as well as explaining why you would employ certain resource management concepts and functions in the configuration. It will enable you to successfully use the MS Project Server tool set to tactically manage resources and deliver value in your enterprise.”
Tim Gryder, PMP, CPIM, CIRM, MCP, Sr. Manager, Business Solution Architecture, Wal-Mart

“This valuable guide applies both the business principles and technical instruction needed to explain how to best use and perform resource management when using Microsoft Project. It also combines some of the philosophy and business decisions with the methods to best implement resource management.”
Kenneth Wiles, Purchasing Manager, Simmons Foods Inc.