On the use and abuse of Technology and its Management from the perspective of an academic at UCL specialising in Project Management, Systems Engineering and Space Science/Technology.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

The Report overturns: not many hurt.

Here's a story column about avoiding academic reporting styles in live projects, getting the punchline out there first, so to speak.

Academic style (background, problem, details, then consequences) is still, I feel, necessary outside of the regular status meeting. The rigour of in-depth analysis and reporting helps projects (i.e. trains people) to make rapid decisions (reported in a journalists' inverted pyramid style) in the tussle of project work.

I still feel sorry for the bull though.

1 comment:

Psybertron said...

Nice little story - I have teenage kids so I know the situation well - no bull so far fortunately. It's not that unusual a style of course, in fact it's like the punchy presentation style ...

Tell em what you gonna tell em
Tell em
Tell em what you just told em

Get the important message in first, so they don't miss it.