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This lesson provides an overview of planning status reporting throughout a project.

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What's Covered

In this lesson, we'll discuss the plan for status reporting. Status reports are a common aspect of communication plans, and are used to cover overall project progress. It's the project manager's responsibility to communicate regularly with stakeholders and team members about the project status, so this lesson will discuss:

  1. Status Report
  2. Project Dashboard
  3. Confidentiality


A status report is an excellent way to highlight contributions from the team. The minimum information that should be included in a status report is:

  • Current Status: Status of work completed since the last status report
  • Next Steps: Focus of work during the current time period
  • Risk Management: A description of any risks that have proven actionable and what is being done to mitigate them
  • Project Team Members: Project team members currently involved in the project

ExampleBelow is an example of a status report. Keep in mind that If the project team is large, only key events by team members should be noted.

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A project dashboard, which is another method of communicating progress, can be part of the status report, or it can be it’s own method of reporting.

The dashboard should contain:

  • A list of activities and high level tasks worked on during a particular time period
  • The status of the work

The work status on dashboards is often color-coded as:

  • Green for work that is complete
  • Yellow for work that is ongoing
  • Red for work that has slipped when compared to the project schedule

When work is marked as red, the dashboard should also contain details about how the issue will be addressed. It's the project manager's role to manage those issues.

The dashboard should stay focused on high-level tasks or activities since it is intended as a summary of the project schedule status, not as a replacement.

Term to Know

    • Project Dashboard
    • A technique for providing high-level overview of the progress being made in a project’s scope.


Imagine that you are the manager of a large project in your industry, and it is your job to create a method of tracking the project’s status.

Would you use a status report, or a project dashboard?

How would you handle tasks that have been falling behind on the schedule?

What would be the best way of communicating these issues to your team and others involved in the project?


When project statuses are communicated, it's important for the project manager to remember the levels of confidentiality needed with each piece of information.

Part of the project manager’s role is to determine who should and shouldn't receive each update, especially when there are issues with the team as a whole, individual personnel, or with vendors. To determine who should receive confidential information, the project manager may need to consult with the project sponsor.

It's crucial to restrict certain updates to those who need to know this information, not the entire team. This also helps reduce the noise that can come when too much information is communicated about project status.

If there is a question about confidentiality, the project manager should:

  • Check with the project sponsor
  • Determine if any other stakeholders or team members need the information
  • Not waste the project sponsor’s time with unwanted, low level details


This tutorial discussed how status reports highlight contributions from the team, dashboards are color-coded to indicate whether or not a task is completed, and that confidentiality is key. Check with the project sponsor if there is a question about confidentiality.

Good luck!

Source: This work is adapted from sophia author jeff carroll.

Terms to Know
Project Dashboard

A technique for providing high-level overview of the progress being made in a project's scope.