I am trying to find the easiest format to report on the project’s weekly activities to the ‘project director’, who has a technical focus but is not a project manager. So far I just use a detailed timeline. Is there a visually better way to give a 1-2 week snapshot of a project, particularly when the gantt chart has like 300+ rows of tasks?
Hi Daniel. This is a pretty broad question with multiple approaches. If you are looking at a more traditional Word document I tend to use headings like (Summary (Status date, Sponsor, PM, Status KPI, etc.), Key items needing discussion/management attention, Project Highlights (Accomplished this period, Objectives next period), Project Status (Rolled up schedule with variances from my actual schedule to outline level 1 so it’s very short), time tracking (actual timephased time), Issues, Risks). If you are looking for more of a visual appeal then the timeline view is a good start. I know you are using 2010 but 2013 has the built in dashboard reports that you would love (of course). There are also some 3rd party reporting tools that can be pretty nice.