Over the past several years, we have worked closely with the Microsoft Office Project team. This group of people has helped us understand their plans for the product and the inner workings of the software. They continually seek advice on the future direction of this product set and have listened carefully to our input and that of the customers to design a product that provides enterprise capabilities and yet is easy to use. They have encouraged us to expand this book to show not only the capabilities of the software but also to highlight its limitations so that the customer experience is the best it can be.
This product is not intended to meet all the possible needs of all customers. Microsoft works hard to encourage third-party vendors to create add-on features and capabilities that extend the usefulness of the product. In Chapter 3, "Knowing Product Limits and Overcoming Them," you will see some of the many possible products that extend the capabilities of the software. QPM would like to thank Microsoft for working with us and helping us present more robust solutions to our customers.
QuantumPM would also like to acknowledge the hard-working staff at Sams Publishing who have helped make this book what it is today. We would specifically like to thank Stephanie McComb, acquisitions editor; Mark Renfrow, development editor; Mandie Frank, project editor; and Geneil Breeze, copy editor for their patience, collaboration, and efforts. It has been our pleasure working with them on a project of such a large scale.