Earned value reports
 

“Earned value is the objective measure of work completed.” Tell that to a lay audience and you’ll get blank stares.

 

Show them a graph of earned value as it compares to cost and budget, and you’ll get a better response.

 

In the line graph example below for Contract Review, earned value (blue line) is more than the budgeted cost (black), which is more than the

actual cost (red)...which means this contract is in great shape! For additional detail, the numbers that drive the graph are available in columns.

 

Need to see the tasks or phases which drive those values? Just drill-down to a more detailed level.

 

Thus, be prepared to present to a spectrum of needs, from a single snap-shot to the smallest details.