I used to be a very scientific and data-centric project manager. I lived by the Microsoft Project plan. I thought a project was all about tasks.
The project plans I managed in those days were full of activities, tasks and subtasks. Estimates were verified and tracked to actuals. I could calculate cost variances, earned value and performance baselines with the best of them.
When it came time to report status I had it all together. At the beginning of each week, I’d print a filtered list of tasks for each team member. At the end of each week, I met with team leads to get updates on all of the tasks that were completed for the week.
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