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The Importance of the Status Report

status reports are an important part of the Project Manager's job
Do you give your status report enough status?

An integral part of managing a project of any size is reporting status. Many project managers don’t give it the attention it deserves. Instead of treating it as the necessary evil that takes up your time to check it off your list, consider the importance of a status report.

Career opportunity. This is an opportunity to show your manager or others with influence how you communicate to executives.  Do you want to appear as a novice that doesn’t communicate well, or as a competent communicator who is comfortable reporting to the higher-ups?
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Completed Tasks Do Not Equal Accomplishments

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Great accomplishments

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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