Project Server 2007 book: “Best Practices for Implementing an EPM Solution”

Hagit Landman published a great book last summer entitled Enterprise Project Management Using Microsoft Office Project Server 2007: Best Practices for Implementing an EPM Solution:

From Hagit’s site:

Enterprise project management (EPM) is a methodology that combines standardized project management processes and supporting tools to meet an organization’s project management goals.Tools that provide a business solution for EPM are available from Microsoft®. The solution is comprised of Microsoft® Office Project Professional, Microsoft® Office Project Server, and the Microsoft® Windows SharePoint technology.The Project Management Institute (PMI) offers a set of proven project management processes described in the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK®). These processes are widely applied and are recognized as good project management practices.Implementing an EPM solution that combines project management methodology and supporting tools to enable all project stakeholders in your organization to perform the defined processes effectively is not a simple task.It includes:

  • Defining the project management methodology and processes aligned with the above goals
  • Defining the organization project goals and objectives
  • Defining the project management methodology and processes aligned with the above goals
  • Establishing tools that support the above processes
  • Training all the stakeholders on the developed methodology and its implementation with the use of the supporting tools
  • Ongoing support from the Project Management Office to ensure that all the stakeholders adhere to the methodology, and that they have all that they need to perform their work efficiently

This book provides you with the principles and guidelines you need to define, implement, and deploy an EPM solution in your organization. The book is based on the author’s experience and best practices; it includes numerous examples that demonstrate how to configure the EPM system to support your implementation. Each chapter in this book describes a stage of the EPM implementation methodology, and explains how to carry out the tasks you need to perform to achieve the objectives of each stage.


It’s a great non-technical read, I particularly like the extensive use of SharePoint List and Document Library to manage the EPM deployment lifecycle; templates available are:

SharePoint List SharePoint Document Library
Stakeholders Matrix Project Initiation
Requirements Matrix Meeting Minutes
Project Approvals Project Management Plan
Communication Matrix Glossary
Supplier Evaluation Procurement Management
Closure Checklist Quality Management

as well as examples of Project Metadata (custom fields and lookup tables) required to manage projects.

For other EPM 2007 books refer to this: Microsoft Project Server 2007 Books