How do I present a Project Update?

Presenting a Project Status Update

Your project success relies on you communicating project status. Use these tips and templates to help

How do I present a Project Update?

1. Keep your update short – aim for 5 minutes or less.
2. If you have project objectives, compare progress with these objectives.
3. Provide a 1-page document so that people can take away the key messages.
4. Provide easy-to-understand status indicators – “Red / Amber / Green” (RAG) status for each update item.

Project Update in more detail

Project updates are a crucial part of project and product management.

  1. Keep your update short – aim for 5 minutes or less.
    1. Provide some introductory context – remember that everyone’s mind is elsewhere.
    2. Avoid going into detail – just give the headlines!
    3. If there are any issues, provide some suggested solutions.
  2. If you have project objectives, compare progress with these objectives.
    1. Show this side-by-side: Targets vs Actual Progress.
    2. RAG Status is a good way of highlighting good and bad progress.
    3. If you bear bad news, it always pays to have some suggested solutions.
  3. Provide a 1-page document so that people can take away the key messages.
    1. Once again – keep it simple.
    2. Use a Status Report or Dashboard template (see below).
  4. Provide easy-to-understand status indicators – “Red / Amber / Green” RAG status for each update item.
    1. RAG Status: this can be achieved with traffic lights, or dials, or just simply the Red, Amber, Green colours.
    2. Dials: While it may seem a bit of a gimmick, dials can be very popular with corporate stakeholders.

Are you short on time?

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Project Status Report Template Discount Bundle (PPT & Excel)

All of our Project Status Report Template formats in one discount package. Enjoy our professional formats for delivery status, risk status, rollout status, and innovation status. All in easy-to-edit Powerpoint and Excel.

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Status Template

The Powerpoint Project Status Template has 13 Status Templates to help you with all project updates and Executive Board Status Reports. Instant Success.

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Supplier Status Report (Excel)

A dynamic supplier control template which has status indicators automatically updated by performance data.

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Innovation Project Status Report Template (Powerpoint)

Provide professional updates with this Innovation Project Status Report. Choose from 15 formats, & benefit from guidance notes. Clear & flexible templates.

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Transition Status Report Template (Excel)

The Transition Status Report Template helps you keep track of your critical transition tasks, so that you can manage risk, and report on the main Transition progress areas.

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Project Report

A stylish PowerPoint project report which allows you to show your progress against the plan and budget.

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Powerpoint Project Dashboard with Status Template

This Powerpoint Project Dashboard with Status Template is easy to edit. Download it now! The dials & status graphics are simple to change.

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Status Template Toolkit Discount Bundle

Used by professionals in over 100 countries. The Status Template Toolkit includes the best RAG Status, Business Dashboard, Reports and Status Update templates at a massive 73% discount.

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This Risk Log template supports a Solution-focused Risk Management strategy by combining a powerful Risk Dashboard with Mitigation Data. Show HOW and WHEN your risks will be mitigated, and WHO owns them.

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Dashboard Report (Powerpoint)

A dashboard report powerpoint perfect for updating key stakeholders on projects against delivery, including overall summary, RAG, Risk, SWOT, Dials, Highlights and a Roadmap.

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MoSCoW Analysis

MoSCoW template featuring checklist formats for presentation and reporting. Priorities and progress are clearly presented in this PowerPoint.

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Project Report

A stylish PowerPoint project report which allows you to show your progress against the plan and budget.

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Comparison Template

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