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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

When I wrote the first edition of this book nearly 10 years ago, I learned for the first time just how inadequate this Acknowledgements page of a book really is. Even though I was the sole author, the familiar phrases "couldn't have done it without..." and "...made it all possible" took on a deeply personal meaning. I must acknowledge that publishing a book is entirely a team project, and the author is just one of many links in the chain that stretches from supportive families through the publishing house to the bookstores and the readers who provide their valuable feedback.

Nowadays, it takes a team of writers to explore the depth and breadth of a new version of a complex software product like Microsoft Project and to capture that understanding in revised or new chapters, all in time to get to press as the software is released. There were a number of consultants and writers who contributed their expertise and insight to this revision. I encourage you to read about each of them in the section "About the Authors" in the preceding pages, as well as "About the Tech Editors." I'm sure you will be hearing more good things about these capable folks in the future. My thanks to each of them for their hard work.

I also want to thank Laura Bulcher at Macmillan who as development editor was responsible for seeing that the content met Macmillan's high standards. Laura also wound up playing the role of acquisitions editor, which means she had the added responsibility of helping find writers and give guidance and support to all of us. I would also like to thank Victoria Elzey, Sossity Smith, Megan Wade, Kelly Talbot, and Kay Hoskin for their diligent copy editing of this book; and to Karen Shields, Jeanne Clark, and all the other Macmillan folks who made this book actually happen. Thanks also to Jay Payne who developed the CD that accompanies the book.

Our technical editors for this book are Henry Staples and Brian Kennemer. They poured over and tested every list of instructional steps, every screen capture, and every other assertion to be sure that what is presented as fact is, in fact, fact. You owe them a debt of gratitude, for they rescued the truth more often than I, for one, would prefer to admit.

Finally, my special thanks go to Adrian Jenkins at Microsoft who served as the Microsoft Project Beta Coordinator. Adrian researched questions and provided answers to a wide range of questions about this new release for all of us. Congratulations to Adrian and the project team at Microsoft for a job very well done.

Tim Pyron

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