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205 Module 5: Tracking & Status Reports

In this final module, your instructor will send you actual status data from your project team members. You’ll use that data and their estimates to update the status of your project. Then you’ll compare the actual schedule with the baseline schedule that you originally planned. That’s the tool you’ll use to identify variances. Then you’ll also use the software to model options for corrective action.

What Happens If I Don’t Report Status Correctly?

You will lose your credibility as a project manager if you can’t make concise status reports with the data needed for decision-making. If you don’t use the tools that allow you to spot problems early, you’ll quickly develop difficulties with project sponsors and stakeholders. They don’t like to hear about bad news when it’s too late to solve the problem(s). With good tracking and status reporting skills, you’ll be able to identify problems early, when they’re small and easier to solve.

 

There are 2 lecture videos below. You do not need to watch both, just the one that fits your version of the software.

  • The 1st lecture video is for people using Microsoft Project® version 2010 or newer.
  • The 2nd lecture video is for people using any version of Microsoft Project® prior to 2010.

 

1. Microsoft Project® Software Video – Watch this lecture if your version of Project is 2010 or newer (all versions older than 2010, skip this video and go to #2)

 

2. Microsoft Project® Software Video – Watch this lecture if your version of Project is older than 2010

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