CIS 440 Project - Project Reports

These notes describe the minimal content for a CIS 440 Project Progress Report. Additional details may be added, but each progress report must contain the headings described below along with a description for each of those headings. A progress report template is provided below.

Purpose:

A project Progress Report is intended for both the client manager and technical manager and should clearly explain the current status of the project, any issues, what you are doing to address the issues and any help that you need, and the plans for the next reporting period.

Content:

The content of the progress report must address at least the following questions:

  1. What were the accomplishments for this reporting period?
  2. Are you on track, ahead, or behind, and by how much?
  3. If behind, what were the problems and what are you doing to get back on track?
  4. What are the goals for the next period?


A minimal set of headings for a progress report and the content for those headings is:

Accomplishments
Briefly describe the accomplishments during this reporting period. Note that a copy of all deliverables scheduled for completion in your project plan must also accompany the progress report.

Status
Describe how much are you ahead or behind schedule and what is the reason.

Issues
Describe the issues, if any, and what you are doing to resolve each of them. If there are no issues, this section will just state that fact.

Goals for Next Period
Briefly describe the key results you expect to accomplish by the next report.

It is expected that the total length of the progress report should be no more than 2 pages, and most of
the time it will likely be less than one page. Deliverables that are due may take considerably more space.

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