My Review

WOW – Easy to follow along.

By gregorywest from sarnia, ontario, canada on 9/2/2011


3out of 5

Pros: Easy to understand, Excellent graphics

Cons: CS2 version still useful

Best Uses: Novice, Intermediate, Student

Describe Yourself: Educator, Sys Admin

This book is full of full color graphics, loaded with ideas and step-by-step easy instructions. The cookbook comes loaded with 169 “recipes for graphic designers and desktop publishers” and others who are looking for new ideas or concepts.

The book is laid out beginning with text, pictures, drawings, color, and transparency. The Pages and Documents section explains the inner workings, taking you on a journey to complete a book, magazine, newsletter, or any document you need to prepare and complete. I particularly like the document setup section that guides one through the entire process.

Throughout the book are “Tips” relating to given information that enhances your learning in ways you may not find out otherwise. The graphics are easy to view and the text is just the right size for easy viewing. Each section is color coded for easy access to a topic. Once you get used to the colors you will not need the very well established TOC.

This book is what it claims: “Production Cookbook” whereby you find yourself coming back quite often for that little tip or process that gets you back on track with your project.

Not only is this book a must have as a reference and “follow-along” book, I love to refer back to it from time to time simply to get new ideas for any project I am working on.


My Review

Project management at its best!

By gregorywest from sarnia, ontario, canada on 9/2/2011


4out of 5

Pros: Well-written, Helpful examples, Easy to understand

Best Uses: Expert, Intermediate

Describe Yourself: Educator, Developer, Designer, Computer Group or other

“How”, is author Scott Berkun’s favorite word and it shows throughout this book. Whenever he sees something new the first word comes out: “how”. Berkun’s roles, while working at Microsoft, included: Internet Explorer 1.0 to 5.0, Windows, MSN as well as a lead program manager. So, it is no wonder Scott Berkun makes this book happen.

“Making Things Happen” is sectioned into three parts: Plans, Skills, and Management. It is an easy read and it seems like Berkun is speaking directly to you, while in the office or on site. This book is designed for “experienced team leaders”, “new team leaders and managers” and “individual programmers, testers or other contributors”. It demonstrates various proven management principles to any group looking for productivity, leadership, and how to make it all work. Berkun is correct when he says this book “combines business theory, psychology, management tactics, design processes, and software engineering”, giving advice in every chapter.

Each chapter ends with a summation of key points for review. There are “Exercises” along with summations that can be easily applied within your group setting or on your own. These exercises are designed to create situations stimulated from the information in the chapter, giving you a sense of real time action. This is a great way for team players to act out or plan for the next project, using the techniques from each chapter.

This book is about about managing groups and projects. I am involved with several different types of groups, some having nothing to do with technology, and the methods found within this book can easily be adapted to any one of my various groups.

This book is written for people who like to “skim” ahead, browse and/or dig in for a specific task or problem to plan and commit. If you have a specific management task to work out in a group setting, or if you want success using project management techniques, this book is a must.