Some view project status as a necessary evil; done poorly, it is. But many successful project leaders use the status process to add value to their efforts, including better communication with management, team members and customers. Here are some proven ground rules for preparing and presenting effective status reports.
A project status process is one of the greatest opportunities to establish a positive, disciplined project management culture. The status monitoring process yields benefits beyond delivering projects successfully organizationwide. Without the integrity that results from a “project status awareness culture,” success exists only in pockets of the organization that have excellent project managers.
As a consultant who has used many project management maturity models to assess the “innards” of many companies, large and small, renowned and unknown, I can attest that an organization’s method of monitoring project status is a key indicator of that organization’s project management quality.
Some organizations view project status as a necessary evil, just to satisfy incessant requests from management. Project leaders, however, use project status as a critical process that adds value to project management and facilitates communication to senior management, project partners and customers. Project status