Close-Out Reporting, This Is How You Proof That The Project Is Over

Close-Out Reporting

The most neglected project management activity is the close-out reporting. The reports and accounting tasks associated with close-out reporting just aren’t as exciting as developing the product, and on many projects they are completely ignored. This is unfortunate because these activities can bring a very high return to the project manager’s firm. The end of…

Stressed When Communicating With Management and Customers? No More!

communicating with management

Communicating with management and customers plays an important part in project success. These words are worth repeating: “Successful projects meet stakeholder expectations.” This mantra for project managers bears repeating, with this addendum: Of all the stakeholders to satisfy, customers and management top the list. The communication plan should detail the strategy not only for informing…

How to Establish Project Control Through Effective Communication

project control

Establishing project control involves discovering and solving problems while they are still small, measuring progress, and ensuring continued agreement on goals and expectations. The key to accomplishing all these things is communication—making sure that the right people have the right information at the right time. Strong communication among all stakeholders is what allows a project…

The Building Blocks for Writing a Proper Status Report

status report

One of the most important pieces of project management is communicating about the status of your project. The status report can be an effective tool to help you communicate with others, near or far, about the timeline, budget, progress, and other details during the lifetime of your project. The status report also help you to…

How to Write a Proper Communication Plan

communication plan

People make projects happen. They solve problems, make decisions, lay bricks, draw models, and so on. It is the job of the project manager to make other people more productive. Through agreements, plans, recommendations, status reports, and other means, a project manager coordinates and influences all the stakeholders, while giving them the information they need…

How to Write a Proper Responsibility Matrix

responsibility matrix

A statement of work answers many questions about a project, including the purpose, scope, deliverables, and chain of command. There is, however, a need for another document that precisely details the responsibilities of each group involved in a project. This is called a responsibility matrix. The importance of this document is growing as corporations re-engineer…

How to Write a Proper Statement of Work

statement of work

Clearly documented and accepted expectations begin with the statement of work (SOW). It lists the goals, constraints, and success criteria for the project—the rules of the game. The statement of work, once written, is then subject to negotiation and modification by the various stakeholders. Once they formally agree to its content, it becomes the rules…

Defining the Project Rules

project rules

Every project is different. Different schedules, different products, and different people are involved. And, on any given project, the various stakeholders may have differing ideas about what the project is about. Your job, as project manager, is to make sure that everyone involved understands the project and agrees on what success will look like and…