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The Project Management Book by Richard Newton

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Value-added project reporting

What is this about and why is it important?

Reporting is a central part of project delivery. There is a variety of reports to produce: status reports, budget updates, steering committee packs and so on. Reporting can take up a significant proportion of project resources, and is often a point of dissatisfaction for project managers, project sponsors and other stakeholders.

Project reporting causes project sponsors’ and project managers’ eyes to roll – for different reasons. Sponsors are often unhappy with the reports they get. Project managers are often unhappy about the effort expended in reporting. Sponsors claim they cannot understand what is going on. Project managers complain about drowning in documents and ...

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