How to Track Schedules, Costs and Earned Value with Microsoft Project

Author: Akram Najjar
Pages: 151
Language: English
Publication date: 01/05/2008
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Tracking (sched, cost + EVA). 39 workouts + solutions for competence training.
This is the second of two eBooks that cover the full cycle of planning, tracking and controlling projects. This eBook focuses on the very elaborate facilities of in Microsoft Project needed to track the progress of schedules and costs. Schedule tracking is simple and straightforward. However, tracking costs and earned value analysis are not so direct. Most textbooks that address tracking do not go into enough depth when dealing with Earned Value Analysis. This facility is available “out of the box” with Microsoft Project but is not straightforward. This eBook couples the tracking of costs with the analysis of earned value indicators. (The author has written an eBook called “Practical Earned Value Analysis” that develops the 25 indicators of EVA.).

The elaborate nature of tracking is not given its due in the literature. There are many check boxes in the Options Dialog that have major effects on your results. There are many methods and techniques needed to track costs and earned value at two levels: the task and the assignment. There are different ways of tracking your actuals. Choosing which to use and how to use it is one of the nightmares facing a practitioner.

This eBook goes through all such methods always providing the rationale behind using different options, facilities and methods. The eBook has 39 tracking workouts that are presented step by step. Most workouts are supported by images to save time searching for menu items, options and buttons.

All the workouts are solved and are available for download from the author’s website.
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Akram Najjar is an engineer currently working as a Business Technology Consultant. He completed a B. Sc. in physics and mathematics at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon (1966). He took another B. Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Hertfordshire in England (1969).
Akram spent the first part of his career managing software development companies in Lebanon and the Arabian Gulf. By 1995, he concentrated on contractual work: IT Consulting, Business Process Reengineering, Project Management, Process Mapping, Data Analysis, Frameworks for Software Development and Technical Writing. He worked with various international organizations such as the World Bank, UNDP and the EU. In parallel with his consulting work, Akram focused on management training developing and conducting workshops for the above subjects. This and other books on his site are based on the experience acquired in these workshops.
The three types of books Akram writes (fiction, technical and puzzles) can be traced back to one incident when he was 12. His teacher introduced him to “Scientific American”. His name was David W. Miller. Mr. Miller’s whereabouts are not known today. But he is to be thanked and thanked again. The articles were above Akram’s head but his love for astronomy made the magazine fascinating. That eventually led him to study Physics and Mathematics. Coincidentally, the Greek Myths that were used to name the constellations got him interested in Literature, a love that led him to write fiction at a later date.
Akram also got hooked on the Mathematical Games column by Martin Gardner which was the reason Akram was set firmly in Puzzledom. Later on, it was second nature to him to work in software as a career. Software is an abstract practice that is full of puzzles whether you are designing, programming or debugging.

His eBooks are presented on two website. The site covers technical and literary books. All puzzles and games are presented on XinXii is the only distributor of Akram's books. They have kindly distributed the books to various online retaliers.

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