Status Reports for the Project Manager/Beekeeper

30 Jul

As we checked the health of our bee hives this morning in Reno, Nevada, we found the busy bees have produced about 60 lbs of honey, of which, approximately 80 lbs of honey that is produced in a given hive box each year, that is just waiting to be placed into jars!  As we look forward to the honey production process to begin later next month, it reminds me of a similar process a project manager goes through when checking the status of a given project with his or her project team members.  Both a beekeeper and a project manager conduct daily/weekly/monthly status updates, so each are kept informed of the overall project status to compare against the project plan.

Whether the project updates are done through a meeting, conference call, or e-mail correspondence, it is important to set aside time on a reoccurring basis so you are kept aware of any issues that may arise.

Determine the Following for your Status Report Meetings:

  1. Who is the Audience:  List of project team members & stakeholders
  2. Meeting Frequency: Depending on the deadline and what stage of the project you are in, you may begin with monthly or weekly meetings, then setup daily meetings during the testing/implementation phase.
  3. Meeting Timing: Same time each week is preferable
  4. Purpose:  To communicate a daily/weekly/monthly progress on the project to the project team and stakeholders.
  5. Method: In-person meeting, conference call, e-mails correspondence.

Status Report Should Include:

  1. Project Name
  2. Meeting Time/Date
  3. List of Project Team Members
  4. All Project Tasks Listed Out
  5. Tasks % Completed & Detail of What Is Completed & Remains to be Completed
  6. Task Start & Finish Date
  7. Resources Working on Each Task
As a project manager/beekeeper, we check the health of our hive boxes on a weekly basis by getting dressed into our bee suits and proceed through the process you can enjoy watching in the video above. We take weekly status reports on the honey levels in each hive box and the health of the honey bees, so we ensure we have a good honey production each year so we can share with our family and friends, otherwise we would not be able to enjoy this wonderful treat of local honey! 🙂

2 responses to “Status Reports for the Project Manager/Beekeeper

  1. ashleycray

    July 31, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Great video Lisa! And way to go to Brad for doing a great job explaining everything as well.

  2. Lisa Drake

    July 31, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks Ashley, I am glad you enjoyed the bee video!! 🙂 I can’t wait to start producing the honey!


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