This book is designed to teach people how to use Microsoft Project in a PRINCE environment and identifies which PRINCE processes may be managed with Microsoft Project The book is based on Microsoft Project , but may be used with Microsoft ProjectThe book is aimed at PRINCE practioners and project managers in any industry who are using Microsoft Project in a PRINCE environment to plan and control their projects A user guide written for Project Management Professionals who wish to learn how to schedule projects in a single project environment with or without Resources in a PRINCE environment The book is packed with screen shots, constructive tips The book contains workshops with solutions at the end of each chapter for the reader to practice the skills taught in the chapter This book was written for people learning to utilise Microsoft Project in a PRINCE environment It describes which PRINCE processes many be managed with Microsoft Project It shows the user how to plan and progress projects created within the software package to an intermediate level and stays focused on explaining how to use Microsoft Project to plan and control projects by concentrating on the core functions required to plan and schedule a project in a single project environment providing command lists at the start of each chapter as a quick reference showing practical ways that Microsoft Project may be used to manage programmes, portfolios and projects in a PRINCE environment and providing a comprehensive index of all topics This publication is ideal for a person who would like to quickly gain an understanding of how the software operates and explains how the software differs from SureTrak and P thus making it ideal for people who wish to convert from other products The book was written so it may be used as a self teach book, or a user guide reference book Training organisations or companies who wish to conduct their own training may have the book tailored to suit their requirements This may be achieved by removing, reordering or adding content to the book and by writing their own exercises Please contact the author to discuss this service As a project controls consultant I have used a number of planning and scheduling software packages for the management of a range of project types and sizes The first books I published were user guides training manuals for Primavera SureTrak, P and Microsoft Project users These were well received by professional project managers and schedulers, so I decided to turn my attention to developing a book for PRINCE Practitioners using Microsoft Project This book follows the same proven layout of my previous books I trust this book will assist you in understanding how to use Microsoft Project on your PRINCE projects

5 thoughts on “Planning and Control Using Microsoft Project

  1. Swiftbrook Swiftbrook says:

    I think the title of this review says it all.You would be better purchasing a generic book on planning or MS Project Even some PMP APM bookscover this topic better.There is little or no Prince2 aspect to thisand actually you don t need this The idea that Prince2 requires specialist planning is odd P2 uses products rather than activities to breakdown scope, but this hardly calls for a new planning approach as P2 already covers it a little common sense it all that is needed.

  2. Ian Hart Ian Hart says:

    Good condition excellent assist for Prince 2

  3. Rhod Hughes Rhod Hughes says:

    I m a P2 Practitioner and planning manager and thought this might give me some pointers as to the application of Prince in the environment I work In the main, it didn t.Putting Prince2 in the title of this is a bit misleading Chapter 1 gives you a brief introduction to the planning aspects within Prince and then almost no mention of Prince is made in the remaining 22 chapters I get the feeling that there are very few differences between this book and a basic introduction to MSP.There are a few factual errrors in this excluding the word not from the phrase MSP does this generally but apart from those it is a pretty good introduction to MSP it s straightforward, easy to understand and thorough in the areas covered.It s a good introduction to MSP but it doesn t give you many pointers as to how plan in accordance with PRINCE2 s Product Based Planning technique and certainly doesn t deal with some of the general aspects of PRINCE2 such as Plans or Planning which is what I was looking for.As to the claim that it explains how the software differs from SureTrak and P3 , well it doesn t really It does mention a few differences but that s it.If you already know how to create and track a schedule in MSP and have an understanding of Prince2 then you won t find much in this book I m afraid but if you don t understand much about creating schedules in MSP it s pretty good.Overall, it doesn t do what it says on the tin but it is a good guide to MSP.

  4. Stephan Toth Stephan Toth says:

    This book was very disappointing it claimed to demonstrate how the principles of Prince2 could be utilised in Microsoft Project 20007 and apart from the sparsest of mentions did not go into any great detail as to how this could be achieved.Removing the Prince2 element from the expectations of the book we are left with two further elements to consider.1 A training or tutorial in the fundamental use of MS Project 20072 Detailed instruction on how to construct a project by using that package.Here again I have been grossly disappointed As an instruction book the author did not go into any great detail that could not be found on any basic course website.I did however get a little annoyed at the amount of times the author stated that issues were beyond the scope of the book or that he was not going to cover that particular topic in any great detail.As for benefiting from the worked project example, I know it was only a textbook example but people are actually learning from it and using this technique I can honestly see why so many projects fail.I found his idea of grouping resources into multiple units of work to be problematic to say the least Especially when it came to scheduling the work and levelling the final project Following his instructions which I will comment on later I came up with a total duration of 352hrs and a total cost of 59,870.Reworking the example using the assumption that where he expressed resources as being 2 units of work, were in fact two separate people with the same job skill set I decided to separate them, for example, the System Engineer expressed as having 2 units of work into System Engineer 1 and System Engineer 2 with one work unit allocated to each of them I did this for the other doubled up units and found that scheduling their time on tasks was a lot easier and effective.I couldn t understand why his original task 5 was set to duration of 8 days and then later when he came to do his resourcing the time period had escalated to 128 hours, which 16 days I can only imagine that he corrected the earlier mistake by doubling the time to make sense of the method.When it came to his restraint on task 8 Supplier Component Bids to be delayed until after the New Year Any competent project manager would have argued the case on a cost benefit basis for the project to go ahead and getting them out as soon as possible and not effectively wasting 8 workdays on the project and throwing the rest of the task out of sync.Anyway, I put the duration time of task 5 back to the original duration time of 8 days and redone the project as stated using a much logical method and came out with a total man hour time of 336hrs with a project duration time of 169.33hrs and the total project cost was reduced to just 46,936.67, which is quite acceptable.This would mean that that project would have been completed on the 2nd of January which would have been 20 days earlier than the final constraint date the 22nd stated in task 19 However, leaving the start no earlier the 2nd of January constraint in on Task 8 would mean that the project would finish on the 16th of January with a total no change to the total man hours expended but the project total duration would extend to 249.67 hours with no change to the actual cost.This shows how single elements of management decision making in relation to individual tasks can have exponentially large effects on project outcomes.I think the executive manager would have been very happy with the result.Having stated the downside to this book and the logic behind it I will now come to the upside.The book does have some very good techniques which I have not come across before and that was good Working through the book and solving the problems that were either intentional or others that shall we say were not scheduled was mentally stimulating to say the least.The book did make me think a lot about project management and problems in using MS Project and also about how to better integrate Prince2 into my own projects for which I will spend considerable some time in serious thought.On that basis alone, I am not totally unhappy with the purchase.It was a a good challenge.Kind RegardsStephan Toth

  5. Leo Farrelly Leo Farrelly says:

    With 5 years experience as a PRINCE2 trainer I consider that PRINCE2TM Planning and Control Using Microsoft Project 2007 is a timely publication addressing the increasing use of the PRINCE2 as a corporate project management method or framework Outside of major engineering organizations Microsoft Project is probably the most widely used project scheduling tool in use today It is also a fact that many users never receive formal training in the use of the application with the result that the power and flexibility of Microsoft Project is rarely fully utilized The PRINCE2 method requires good planning to facilitate resource management, progress tracking and control Paul Harris manual unlocks the power and versatility of Microsoft Project with a logical presentation of the tool in the context of a PRINCE2 project scenario He clearly identifies the areas where Microsoft Project supports the PRINCE2 method and is equally candid in addressing areas of weakness, but he always proposes a work around This is particularly so in dealing with PRINCE2s product based planning approach Chapters I found very useful were those on understanding dependencies, formulating reports and on tracking progress The mix of information and exercises is very good and this book will be very useful as a day to day reference for every project manager.Leo FarrellyPPM Strategies Pty Ltd