Department VP: “Can you give me an update on the Greenfields Project? Is it on plan?”
Project Manager: *tosses coin* “It’s heads – we’re doing fine.”
Department VP: “Don’t you have a more scientific method?”
Project Manager: “Best out of three?”
As a project manager, sometimes you need to see what’s happening across your entire portfolio and other times you need a real-time view of a single project. LiquidPlanner gives you the information you need to successfully monitor and report on the health of your project.
The Timeline View, which shows you a dynamic Gantt chart, is one of the most popular methods for project managers to view schedules. It gives you the choice of real-time visibility into what’s happening across your entire portfolio, or you can get insights for a specific initiative or product line. At a glance, you’ll know whether your near-term and long-term projects are going according to plan.
The Timeline View is the default setting when you’re on the Projects tab. All you have to do is find your particular project, and look at the corresponding schedule bar to the right. The bar shows you the amount of work remaining and the date range over which the work will take place. Make sure that you have a deadline date set on the project so that LiquidPlanner will be able to tell you whether or not you’re on schedule.
Once you set your deadline, if the project’s schedule bar is blue, then you can expect to finish your work before your deadline date. In other words, good news, your project will be delivered on time!
You can use a PDF Snapshot to share a view of the project’s timeline with stakeholders. These snapshots will capture a specific aspect of the plan along with the schedule bars. Alternatively, you can add a Projects View widget to a dashboard that you share with workspace members or external customers or clients.
Running a Status Report for a project will instantly show you the most vital details including hours logged, hours remaining, percent complete, tasks, milestones, deadlines, totals by person, and provide a handy schedule summary at the top.
On the Projects tab, select a project, click the View Menu, and choose Status. See the Project Status Report article for more details.
Click the printer icon in the upper right of the report and use your browser function to save as a PDF.
One of the most frequent uses of a dashboard is to create a curated view that shows you the health of a single project. You might create a status dashboard specifically for your project team to consolidate the nitty-gritty details and collaboration content. Or, to get a 10,000 foot view, you might build a status dashboard for your stakeholders that shows a high-level overview of progress, trends, and risks for the project.
Start by thinking about your audience and then building your dashboard to present the most important information for those viewers.
The following widgets are helpful to have on a status dashboard:
Once you have built your status dashboard, you can share it with other workspace members and external guests. You can invite them to view your dashboard by clicking the Share link. Once you provide access, viewers can see the current status of your project at any time. See the Dashboards article for full details.