Project Mechanics

Delivering the Project Status Report
For any project that is in progress, the project manger will create a weekly status report. The status report will have a summary status with one of the following:
  • Red - The project has outstanding issues that require immediate attention from the Project Sponsor.
  • Yellow - The project has outstanding issues that require project sponsor attention.
  • Green - The project has no outstanding issues that require project sponsor attention.

Status Report Details


In addition to the high level status, the project status report will include the following sections:
  • Accomplishments - Deliverables that were completed and delivered in the past week
  • Planned Activities for Next Week - Deliverables that will be completed and delivered in the next week
  • Issues Needing Action - Issues needing action by the Project leadership or sponsor
  • Issues Resolved - Issues that were resolved in the past week
  • Budget - State of the project budget includes approved scope changes.
  • Project burn rate - An accounting of the cost per week of the project team.
  • Schedule - Description of the state of the project schedule. Can also include a copy of the MS-Project document, HTML report from MS-Project, or a link to the MS-Project document on a server.

About the Author 
Mark Hazleton has been active in Information Services delivery for over 20 years.

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