Getting more schedule data on a single page
 
 

There must be something magical about a one-page report because that’s what most managers want.

 

There-in lies the challenge… how can all of that fit into a single page? 

 

Here are a few tips on meeting this challenge:

 

Include multiple milestones and task bars per line

  • Print to a larger size paper – the bigger the better

  • Color-code repetitive tasks, defined in a legend

  • Embed detailed information in the milestones or cells

  • Before printing, hide unnecessary data columns to conserve space

  • Abbreviate text, especially using well-known acronyms

  • Only display summary activities with key dates

  • While displaying selective data, be able to drill-down to the details, as shown below

 

   
 
 

SAMPLE STATUS REPORT

• Many projects are summarized on a single page.

• Only selected milestones display on summary rows(e.g.Phase End and Delivery milestones).

• Meanings of symbols are defined in the legend.

• Major milestones are markedby symbols with abbreviated text (e.g. P1 = Phase 1).

• Project details can be revealed by showing hidden data.

 

 

“To achieve any aim in life, you need to project the end result.”

— Grace Speare

 

“Anyone who says businessmen deal in facts, not fiction, has never read old five year projections.”

— Malcom Forbes