Easy Enhancement to Project Dashboard Reports

Project Dashboard IndicatorA typical project dashboard includes a RAG status (Red, Amber [Yellow] or Green) either at the overall project level or for each key deliverable.

Green means the project is progressing as planned; Yellow serves as a warning for potential problems; and Red indicates actual problems. However, the RAG status does not show if the project will get better or worse by the next reporting period.

To address this issue, add a RAG indicator (steady, up or down). A Green “steady” indicates that the project is on track and you expect it to be on track in the foreseeable future. A Green with a “down” RAG indicator indicates that the project is trending towards problems. In contrast, a Yellow status with an “up” RAG indicator indicates that things are getting better and the project status may soon turn to Green.

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4 thoughts on “Easy Enhancement to Project Dashboard Reports

  • 2010-11-28 at 10:10
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    Adding a trend is definitely an excellent idea but it could be made more accurate by adding the assumption.By assumption i mean on what basis we are saying the project status will improve or deteriorate.

    This just an opinion.

    Thanks
    Raj

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  • 2010-11-28 at 11:23
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    Raj,

    You can indicate your concerns/problems in the issues or risks section.

    John

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  • 2010-11-28 at 19:07
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    John,
    What do you think about using trend arrows to report if the project actually got better from the previous reporting period, rathher than to make a prediction if the project will get better or worse by the next reporting period.

    Regards,
    Mladen

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  • 2010-11-28 at 22:49
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    Mladen,

    I normally include the status from the previous period so that the reader can compare the past and present states of the project.

    John

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