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(TCMA-3651) Once Upon a Project: Using Data to Tell the Story

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Level: Basic
TCM Section(s):
2.4. Project Control Process Map
10.4. Project Historical Database Management
Venue: 2021 AACE International Conference & Expo

Abstract: Effective reporting involves aggregating accurate and timely information and using the data to tell the story of the project. As data is in abundance and software programs abound to transform the data into eye-catching graphics, it’s critical to create effective reporting that focuses on their intended purpose. Reporting and data analysis play key roles in decision making and ultimately make a significant difference in how project health is communicated throughout the organization. By viewing reports as a communication tool instead of a static documentation of status, the project owner can translate key performance indicators and metrics into meaningful information that is actionable. This will allow the discussion to be more focused and help leadership to better understand the health and needs of a project as well as any risks to the broader organization.

This paper will focus on four key areas to consider when developing reports: assessing effectiveness of key performance indicators, data automation and management, adapting the visual layout for clear data presentation, and integration of business intelligence and data visualization solutions. Using data to tell the project story will result in more effective project management and create a lasting impact.