As I study the collection and reporting of metrics and project statuses, I find many reports just do not deliver what they should. I believe there should be a stand-alone deliverable that a project manager is able to provide to a stakeholder at any time, illustrating the total project status. I created a report and used the name “TPS Report” from the movie Office Space. I try to interject a little humor into a project, where I can, without raising too many eyebrows. Because I do not think I should keep all of the good stuff for myself, I hope others will download my free template. It captures everything from overall project status to schedule, budget, scope, and quality, including a RAG (Red, Amber or Green) status. What milestones were planned and accomplished? What is planned for the next period? Though I believe a subjective narrative does have its place in project reporting, I like the more objective approach. Give your stakeholders the facts!
Please enjoy this free copy of my Total Project Status Report Template.
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