Think about how project management was implemented in your last project.
Was there a calendar, Gantt chart, or some other milestone board?
How accurate was that management tool? Did everyone on the team update progress in real time and provide verifiable evidence to support milestone completion?
Instead, updates were entered after the task was completed. The project manager gathered updates from the team who did their best to provide dates, hours, and level of completion.
However with any time delay comes the potential of inaccurate data. It is natural for our brains to fill in the gaps in memory and the same occurs when we need to provide updates to that data.
The project manager probably sent that information to the client project manager, and a box was checked. That’s all.
This is a point and time capture that is operating from data in the past, reporting on the past. The project has already progressed and unfortunately, this reporting does not ensure that all of the work was completed to the client’s standards.
No one will know that until the closeout package is reviewed; which means that this project may be far from over