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Tim Pyron (tpyron@txdirect.net), besides writing for Sams and Que, is an independent consultant and trainer for Microsoft Project. His previous Microsoft Project books include, among others, Using Microsoft Project 4, Special Edition Using Microsoft Project 98, Special Edition Using Microsoft Project 2000, and Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Project 98 in 24 Hours—all of which have together sold more than 250,000 copies. He is also Contributing Editor to Woody's Project Watch, a free newsletter for Project users. To subscribe, go to http://www.woodyswatch.com/wpw/.

Ira Brown (ibrown@projectassistants.com) is the senior vice president of Project Assistants, Inc., a Microsoft Project Solution Provider specializing in training, consulting, and custom software development for Microsoft Project. He has extensive project management and application development experience, and is recognized as a leading authority in integrating Microsoft Project with other products utilizing VBA, specializing in integration with the Microsoft Office suite of applications. He also has significant experience in helping an organization implement Microsoft Project across an enterprise, utilizing the workgroup features, Web publishing, and multiple project consolidation capabilities of the software.

Several Project Assistants, Inc. employees also contributed to this new edition:

Peter March (pmarch@projectassistants.com) is currently performing project management and process and software development consulting at a Fortune 100 company in their Web site development division. In addition, he has many years of experience in consulting with events, marketing, facility, and construction management. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia and is a graduate of Georgia Southern University.

Lena Dixon (ldixon@projectassistants.com) is currently providing project management and process consulting at a Fortune 100 company in their e-business division. She has many years experience consulting in the Finance/Banking and Healthcare/Beauty industries. She is a graduate of The University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Laurie Soslow (lsoslow@projectassistants.com) is an expert at technical writing for computer-based tools and education. She creates user documentation, online help systems, and custom training materials for Microsoft Project, as well Project Commander and TeamWork, the popular add-on products for Microsoft Project. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science from the University of Vermont, and her Master's Degree in English and Creative Writing from Boston University.

Michelle Wiley (mwylie@projectassistants.com) has extensive experience in the project management field. She also has an extensive technical background in networking. She has acquired several industry certifications from both Microsoft and Compaq. Working as a consultant with one of the world's largest web integrators, She provides project management leadership and expertise in areas of process development and project support. She is a graduate of The University of South Carolina with a double major in MIS (Management Information Systems) and Marketing and a minor in French. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

For more information about Project Assistants, visit their Web site at www.projectassistants.com. Projects Assistants, Inc. employees can also be contacted by phone at (800) 642-9259, or by fax at (302) 477-9712.

Barbee Davis (barbeedavis@home.com) owns Davis Consulting, a provider of Project Management workshops and a Microsoft Project add-on tool, "Process Bridge." A former owner of ExecuTrain of Nebraska, she has provided training in all Microsoft desktop and technical applications. Her B.A. in Education, an M.A., and a Professional in Human Resources accreditation (PHR) led to writing corporate handbooks, management development programs, and sales training. She has written and facilitated training for IBM Corporation, ExecuTrain, and designed and implemented large project roll-outs in a variety of industries.

Jo Ellen Shires (jshires@cscservices.com) is the owner of Common Sense Computing, a Portland, Oregon-based company that exclusively serves Microsoft Project users. She began her programming and training careers in 1974 and holds a B.S. in Economics and an M.S. in Biometry. A noted lecturer at regional and national gatherings and founder of the Portland Project Users Group, she contributed to the previous edition of this work as well as the 98 and 2000 editions of Special Edition Using Microsoft Project. She serves as an advisor to the Project development team at Microsoft and is participating in the launch of the Project certification testing program.

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