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The Project Management Tool Kit: 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right by Tom Kendrick

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Methods

Determining project status is primarily the responsibility of the project leader. The process for status collection is a key part of communications planning, and it is central to project plan execution. Status collection begins the project tracking cycle.

Decisions regarding status collection are part of project infrastructure planning. There are many ways to collect the data, although most people prefer to do it in writing to minimize confusion and to retain a tangible account. Typical methods include:

  • E-mail

  • Paper or on-line forms

  • Using the services of a project office

  • One-on-one meetings

  • Telephone conversations

  • Project team meetings

Use a method that works for you, and make collection as simple as practical. On most projects people are ...

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