Episode 059: Recommendations for Informal Projects Part V - Simple Status Reporting
Published December 10, 2006
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    This week The PMO Podcast™ Featured Story presents, "Recommendations for Informal Projects Part V - Simple Status Reporting", presented by Mark Perry (about Mark), host of The PMO Podcast™. Today’s episode is the fifth in a five part series aimed at recommendations for informal projects. For many of these kinds of informal projects, project management concepts like project status reporting are not well known or used. Rather than not performing any kind of status reporting, a key recommendation for these informal projects is the use of simple project status reporting and status reporting techniques.

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