Advanced Project Scheduling



Book Title:  Advanced Project Scheduling Using Microsoft Project
Author: Robert Posener
Publisher: PM Complete
List Price: N/A
Format: Soft cover, 154 pages
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 978-0-9752-2281-2
Reviewer: Amalia Quintero, PMP
Review Date: April 2023




The book titled Advanced Project Scheduling Using Microsoft Project discusses project time management best practice processes and scheduling procedures. It was written in 2008 and the author interrelates it with all other project management knowledge areas as demarcated by the Project Management Institute´s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) through the analyses of different approaches to project time management on a variety of project, program and portfolio management situations using Microsoft Project. The book dives around Microsoft Office Project Standard 2007 and Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007.

Overview of Book’s Structure

  • Why Use Microsoft Project. This chapter explains the benefits of using Microsoft Project to manage specific project schedules. It gives details about the benefits of having standards and templates as: creating a well thought-out project scheduled, working more effectively as a team, making better decisions, anticipating and making changes, reporting as a By-Product, monitoring and controlling project progress, answering scheduling questions; and building a historical repository.
  • Standards and Templates. This chapter explains the need for standards, templates and how to create them. Standards fall into the categories of: Usage of Microsoft project features, templates, and schedule content standards. The book describes the benefits for project managers, for project team members, for clients, for project sponsors and senior management and for the enterprise.
  • Microsoft Project Software Setup and Usage. This chapter recommends creating a separate disk folder for each client and then separate sub folder for each project. In addition, the chapter explains about the specific project schedule file naming, the plotter usage and the printer usage.
  • Planning your project. The chapter focuses on the relevance of planning projects well in advance of the start. It is well known that projects fail for a variety of reasons in different contexts, but especially a large proportion of failed projects is because of a lack of planning. The chapter dives into the sequencing activities process, the RASCI chart (responsible, accountable, support, consult, inform), the Gantt view and the Network view.
  • New Project Schedule Check List. This chapter shows how to create a list for a new project schedule to remind of the sequence in which to enter data into Microsoft Project.
  • Project Schedule Debugging, Crashing and Power Techniques. Describes a check list that can be used to assist in finding bugs, in the specific project schedule as well as bringing forward the project end date.


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How to cite this review: Quintero, A. (2023).  Advanced Project Scheduling Using Microsoft Project, book review, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue V, May. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/pmwj129-May2023-Quintero-Advanced-Project-Scheduling-book-review.pdf

About the Reviewer

Amalia Quintero, PMP

Dallas, Texas, USA


 Amalia Quintero is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with extensive experience in education, research and project management. Industrial Engineer, Technological Innovation Specialist and Project Management Specialist. Master’s degree in project management. Her career includes over 15 years working in different roles in project management and process engineering. Previously, Amalia worked as a full-time Professor-Researcher in some Universities, Subjects: Time Planning and Control, Projects Evaluation, Project Management, Operations Research, Economics, Research Methodology, Linear Algebra, Logic and all subjects in the ​​mathematics field and now is a Project Management trainer and consultant. Amalia is a member of the Project Management Institute, Dallas Chapter, having acquired her PMP certification in 2020.

Email address: amalia.quintero@gmail.com

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