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6.1: Functions and Contents of Progress Reports

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  • In the progress report, you explain any or all of the following:

    • How much of the work is complete
    • What part of the work is currently in progress
    • What work remains to be done
    • What problems or unexpected things, if any, have arisen
    • How the project is going in general

    Progress reports have several important functions:

    • Reassure recipients that you are making progress, that the project is going smoothly, and that it will be complete by the expected date.
    • Provide recipients with a brief look at some of the findings or some of the work of the project.
    • Give recipients a chance to evaluate your work on the project and to request changes.
    • Give you a chance to discuss problems in the project and thus to forewarn recipients.
    • Force you to establish a work schedule so that you’ll complete the project on time.
    • Project a sense of professionalism to your work and your organization.

    Chapter Attribution Information

    This chapter was derived by Annemarie Hamlin, Chris Rubio, and Michele DeSilva, Central Oregon Community College, from Online Technical Writing by David McMurrey – CC: BY 4.0

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