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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Project Status Reports, Map Progress

by Gregory Zhukov

Project status details are very important to keep project managers and participants informed and continually moving towards accomplishing goals.

Detailed and professionally presented project status descriptions enable stakeholders to remain fully informed about project performance. For the Project Manager, it also means being ahead of the game when it comes to being alerted of any necessary changes to original project plans or issues that may arise-- way before any long term damage is done. Project participants are also able to maintain a common vision and goal in regards to project progress.

Professional and visually appealing status reports create a clear view of project performance process to all project participants. The objective of a well developed report is to break in the gyre of chaotic information flow and present in a format that transforms hundreds of hours of work into a visual representation that takes an average of 30 seconds to interpret.

You can use mind mapping to depict and describe project status. Only five different mind map types are needed to completely describe project status. An easy way to do this is by using the innovative Visual Reports functionality within ConceptDraw Office.

Visual Reports of ConceptDraw Office:
  • Project Status Mind Map
    Displays the whole picture of a project process in one single view. It can assist one in making adjustments in current project strategy during implementation.
  • Task Status Mind Map
    Shows what tasks were completed, what tasks are in, or scheduled for the future, and if they are on time or critical. This mind map is used to track current status of project tasks.
  • Completed Tasks Mind Map
    Contains all completed project tasks. This mind map presents an overview of work that is already performed.
  • Task in Progress Mind Map
    Relays project tasks which have not yet been completed. All tasks that are on time and are critical are displayed. This a great map for task management.
  • Milestones Mind Map
    All project milestones are displayed here. It shows whether a project is on track for completion as expected. This mind map displays a project’s progress.

Project reports are an important part of project management communication. There is a huge need to deliver project status data to all project participants in the most effective manner. While visual formats have proven to be the most effective form of information perception, email is also the most powerful tool for sharing such information.

Visual reports generated using Visual Reports in ConceptDraw Office are delivered to designated recipients as email attachments with a message body preview. The generation and delivery of these mind maps is a great way to keep everyone on your team on the same path.

1 comment:

  1. In fact Wallace and I did an article about visual dashboards and their importance in project management. You can find it at

    Brian S Friedlander
    AssistiveTek, LLC