Sunny Skies or Storms

Summary: Long-time advocate of status reports, Johanna Rothman has come across a new way of reporting the movement of a project using something we experience everyday–the weather. In this week’s column, she sheds a little sunshine on this new technique, which demonstrates the status of a project a lot like meteorologists announce current weather conditions. I’ve …

By the Dashboard Light: Providing Information, Not Data

Imagine you’re a fly on the wall in a readiness review meeting—a meeting of the project and senior managers to see if the product is ready to release. Senior manager: “Where are we with the testing?” Test manager: “Oh, here’s the defect data and the test data and…” Senior manager: “No, tell me where we …