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Lack of Management Reporting Tools or Culture

"How many times have you heard someone say 'We don't waste time doing status reports; we actually do the work.' The underlying sentiment is noble and can apply to any number of project management tools or procedures. However, there are some things to consider before dismissing these entirely. First, if anything goes wrong, these tools are needed to recover. Second, without the tools, you will not know something is going wrong until it is too late to do anything about it."

"Absence of management reporting tools guarantees that there are problems in the field that are not being reported or communicated to the extended project team. Catching these early enough may allow them to be accommodated. However, a lack of management reporting tools will generally mean that signs get neglected until it is too late."

The above is an excerpt from a book written by Sanjiv Purba and Joseph Zucchero, published by McGraw-Hill/Osborne, 2100 Powell Street, 10th Floor, Emeryville, California 94608 U.S.A. Sanjiv has over 20 years of experience managing large projects and many years engaged in rescuing ailing projects.