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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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What to Collect

Project status information is of two types: hard data (facts and figures) and soft data (anecdotal information, rumors, and less specific information). Both types of status are useful. Plan variance analysis, project control, and performance reporting all depend on hard data. Soft status information reveals root causes of current problems and can provide early warning of potential project risks.

Hard status data include all the project diagnostic metrics that you are tracking. This encompasses all of the metrics used for earned value management. Schedule and resource metrics are collected routinely every status cycle, with scope and other metrics collected as necessary. Typical hard data examples are:

  • Activities completed or ...

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