Progress Reports serve the needs of decisions makers - coworkers, advisors, supervisors, clients - by telling them, before a project reaches its conclusion, how things are going and what changes they need to make.
At the same time, a progress report also reflects back on you, demonstrating your competence and professionalism to those who will evaluate your work.
As you develop these reports, whether verbally or in writing, always keep both the needs of your audience and your own goals firmly in mind.
The samples at left should help you see progress reports in action. Review them as you draft your own reports for this class as well as for your own workplace.
Exercise 1: Based on what you learned in this module, draft a brief critique of the following progress report. The report, written to the course instructor, summarizes a student's progress on a research project.