robin Friday, August 28 2009 @ 08:27 AM BST Views: 12,359
When reporting project status, be succinct and straight-to-the-point:
- Punch line: The facts; no adjectives, adverbs or modifiers. "Milestone 4 wasn't hit on time, and we didn't start Task 8 as planned." Or, "Received charter approval as planned."
- Current status: How the punch-line statement affects the project. "Because of the missed milestone, the critical path has been delayed five days."
- Next steps: The solution, if any. "I will be able to make up three days during the next two weeks but will still be behind by two days."
- Explanation: The reason behind the punch line. "Two of the five days' delay is due to late discovery of a hardware interface problem, and the remaining three days' delay is due to being called to help the customer support staff for a production problem."
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