Several weeks ago ProjectWizards held our first NYC Tweet Up and Frank Blome and I had the chance to meet Fred Kluth. Fred works as a Interactive Production Manager in NYC for Funny Garbage and last week he was able to take some time out of his schedule for a brief video interview about his role as a project manager, his rules for Facebook and how he was able to use social media to land his gig.
Are you tired of filling out those boring old Red Amber Green reports? Introducing THE FIRM REPORT!
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Last week I was talking with a co-worker about the status report we have to file each week. It’s called a RAG Report. He asks why it is called a RAG Report. I explained to him that RAG stands for Red-Amber-Green and we spent some time discussing the various merits (or not) of completing that type of report. The intent is clear – show red, amber or green to quickly convey a message about the state of the project, but in practice, the sad thing is that the simple color system easily lends itself to a situation in which an executive will simply look at the color and ignore the rest of the detail that has been painstakingly crafted and tuned by the highly developed creative spin tactics of the project manager (or lead).
So, that conversation got me to thinking that maybe a RAG format had outlived its useful(less)ness. Being the hard working, creative mastermind that I am, I started trying to work out a new alternative to the Red-Amber-Green… and now I am proud to give you… (drumroll please)
The FIRM report embraces a new model for rating project health:
Here is how this works:
More on this in the next episode of Project Potion… and I’ll be posting a status template for you to test your job stability with very soon.
We're modifying the format of Project Potion a bit, trying to keep the time down to 10 minutes or less. In this episode The Project Shrink and I talk about the Malaysian Scrum User Group, the article on Bas in PM Network and a new alternative to those tired old RAG reports... THE FIRM REPORT.