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January 12, 2018 In this edition:
How is your project going, really? Do you know? This week, Kent McDonald reminds us of the importance of tracking outcomes, not outputs, and demonstrates how to do it. Plus, Alan Zucker ponders the differences between champion project organizations and those that are more challenged.
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Featured Article
How to Track Progress Effectively
Kent McDonald

Kent McDonald You want to use business objectives as a way of gauging success. This is often difficult, which is why teams don't do it. So what do you do if you would like to track progress based on outcome, but the outcome measure requires changes to be in production for a couple months before you see any results?

Take it to the parking lot »

From the Blogs
Culture and Successful Projects, by Alan Zucker
What's the difference between high-performing project organizations and those that consistently underperform? Alan Zucker offers examples from his experiences in a variety of industries and project environments.

Meaningful Project Trackers
Looking for ways to track project progress that show how things are really shaping up? These tools are all an improvement over the old "we're 80 percent done" estimation options.

Look at the Whole Project - Project Progress Checklists for Sponsors and Managers – PREMIUM
Checklists to help Project Managers and Executive Sponsors monitor progress throughout the course of a project. One section walks sponsors through critical project evaluation issues, one is designed for use by the sponsor and PM during detailed reviews.

Understand How to Measure Done - Project Scorecard – PREMIUM
This one-page worksheet designed by Kimberly Wiefling helps your team define the project finish line in clear, measurable terms. The format encourages measurable goals, go/no-go criteria, long-term progress reports, and active risk mitigation. The end result is a high-level project dashboard that helps you understand not only where the project is, but how to get where it should be.

Track Things That Matter - Tracking with Visible Deliverables – PREMIUM
If you must use a burn-down type chart, make sure you're tracking meaningful deliverables. This template provides formats and example project data illustrating effective ways to track project progress even in traditional settings. These approaches are especially valuable for distributed teams.

Track Smaller Efforts with Smaller Tools - Small Project Tracking File – MEMBER
Small projects deserve tracking too, but a big chart or highly detailed spreadsheet might be overkill. This file provides an example of how to track a small, short, straightforward project without going overboard.

Focus on the Milestones - Milestone Table with Driver Tasks – PREMIUM
To ensure meaningful progress, use meaningful milestones. This template shows how you can drive progress using the completion dates and the status of major driving tasks for each milestone. The alternative format also includes a column indicating the completion criteria and success factors for the milestone.

Benefits Realization Plan Plan to Measure Results - Benefits Realization Plan – SPECIAL
This Premium resource is free to registered Members until January 25, 2018
Don't settle for a vague sense that the project was a good thing. Document the expected benefits of the project and how they will be measured, then capture those measurements for later assessment and use in lessons learned.

Corporate Subscriptions and Licensing
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