Progress Report, Sample One
DATE: September 28, 1992 FROM: Jersey Manu TO: Dr. Jensen SUBJECT: Progress on faculty workshop plans Work Completed Plans for the faculty workshop on October 12 are nearly complete. The committee met on September 19. We discussed what kind of subject we wanted and came up with several names of possible speakers. Since then, Greg Stephens has contacted Stan Brannan, president of Genesis Technology Center in Wichita. He has agreed to come. Since then we have sent him a letter confirming the speaking engagement, and Greg Stephens has talked to him personally. He will be flying in on October 12. I contacted John Campbell at Boeing. He got in touch with Al Andrews in their CAD-CAM division. Mr. Andrews has confirmed that either he or Tom McDabitt from his department will come to speak. A letter has been sent to him as well confirming the speaking engagement. Both letters were mailed Tuesday, September 27. I have enclosed a copy of the letter sent to both Andrews and Brannan. We also included a schedule for the workshop and directions to the campus, copies of which are also attached to this memo. Work Scheduled There are a few things that remain to be done.
I need to call Al Andrews, make sure he got his letter, and work out any remaining details about his arrival. We need to find out when Mr. Brannan will be arriving and have someone meet him at the airport. We would like to send announcements to various business leaders, the news media, the chamber of commerce, and the other post-secondary schools in town by the middle of next week.
I have a few questions for you. 1. Will your office be responsible for sending out announcements, or do you want us to do that? We do have some papers from Genesis that could be sent with the announcements. These would help people know what Genesis is. I've enclosed one. 2. Will someone from your office meet Mr. Brannan or should one of us? You'll notice that my letter suggests that Mr. Andrews go directly to your office if he arrives at noon.
In any given month." says Kevin Doyle. but if the writers and readers aren't in sync. Here are some tips on how to deliver the right information to the right people at the right time. in Miami. Schade. Projects in the analysis phase. One CIO might want a page of narrative. what's going on now. I don't foresee any problems that would throw off our plans. How do we make arrangements to have coffee and rolls available in G. 4. When Rosalee
. CIO at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Sue Schade sees 20 to 30 progress reports. so he built a report template early on. agrees. Fortier says a project's size. and she needs to digest the information as quickly as possible. Nail Down the Essentials It's up to you as project manager to find out what executives want in progress reports. Will you or Tim make the opening comments and introductions? Please see the enclosed schedule. reports can be hit-or-miss exercises for everyone involved. Jason Fortier. what the receiver is comfortable receiving and how you can best communicate with him. Program directors and management staff can use this resource for tips on how write a progress report.3." says Doyle.
How to Write a Progress Report
Progress reports are essential tools for tracking projects and initiatives.T. what's on the horizon and which issues are in play. She expects to know what has been accomplished. "It depends on the situation. He's currently working with one company on a project that affects five business units. 'Where's this? Where's that?'" Progress reports are essential tools for tracking projects and initiatives. And she wants it all in a standard format. but initiatives in the middle of implementation usually do. Ill. says project managers should establish expectations at the start by determining who will get reports. don't require weekly reports. while another might want "a set of graphs and two bullet points. scope and phase help determine the frequency of reports. an associate professor of business administration at Benedictine University in Lisle. but if the writers and readers are not in sync. who has overseen corporate IT initiatives. director of the CRM service line at Adjoined Consulting Inc. which key decisions have been made. 103? I think this will be an interesting workshop and am confident that everything is working out nicely. She also wants to know whether projects are on track to meet their original deadlines. for example. "My folks know what they have to put in. Doyle. he says. reports can be hit-or-miss exercises for everyone involved. Set Expectations Different people want different kinds of reports." Schade says. knows what she wants to see and how she wants to see it. "I don't want to look at a lot of different formats and ask. and she makes her expectations crystal clear to those who report to her. shared it with division leaders and asked each whether he'd need anything else in the reports. how often and in what form.
ask them. The colors -. how much time that will take. Comprehensive reports may include information about the talent pool. schedule. yellow and red -. But as staff addresses that risk. He also wants a qualitative assessment of the project. Andrew Galbus." Swanborg says. For example. And don't assume you know what your audience wants. finances. some progress reports should include relevant information about other projects. principal at Hermens & Associates. now a professor at the Boston University School of Management and president of Icex Inc. Good status reports can highlight early-stage problems. and some may prefer a conversation. suggests that you give the level of detail that most people would accept as enough but be prepared to answer questions that might arise. for instance. and she wants to compare those items over time. Hermens looks for color-coded updates on key points. Some managers may want updates via e-mail. More-sophisticated reports will also include information about risks." says Hermens.loosely correspond to "going fine. Swanborg says. says he wants to know what has been done and what needs to be done. "You're really looking at status reports [as a way] to improve your ability to deliver services. another one -. it's important to determine how it will affect the schedule.
. may depend on successful implementation of file management software. including details on how the team is mitigating them and how the risks are changing. an IT management consulting firm in Newton. Former CIO Rick Swanborg. Keep It Simple Many managers say that the best reports don't exceed one page and go light on narrative and heavy on graphics that clearly show progress and problems. others may be more comfortable with paper reports.Hermens reads a report. "How am I going to make sure I retain my people in the project or get the resources I need when I need them?" Swanborg says.may take its place.. If those managers get hung up on one project. required changes and areas that need improvement before any of those reach the crisis stage. Similarly. "I want to see those exact same things evaluated every week. too. a Boston research and content management firm. a hospital IT department installing tablet PCs might list insecure data as a risk early on." "needs attention" and "problematic. an IT manager at a large Minnesota health care institution.green. which issues remain and how they are being resolved. check on the preferred method of delivery. For example. the company may have 20 projects that need database managers at some point. for example. Know Your Media Finally. The hospital tablet PC project. Mass. she wants to see updates on the technology." Fine-tune to Your Audience Good progress reports balance summaries and detailed analysis in a way that works best for the people receiving them.perhaps the possibility that a vendor could go out of business -. design and management. Project managers should include a line on how such ancillary initiatives are progressing and whether the schedules mesh.