What Are Project Deliverables?
Projects create deliverables, which are simply the results of the project or the processes in the project. That means a deliverable can be something as big as the objective of the project itself or the reporting that is part of the larger project.
Another way to put that is that there are inputs and outputs in any type of project. That being what you put into the project, such as data, resources, etc., and then what comes out, which are the deliverables. Again, those deliverables can be a product or service and it can also be the documentation that is part of the project closure to show that the project is complete and everything has been signed off.
There is a distinction between project and product deliverables. Project deliverables are such outputs as the project plans, project reports and even meeting minutes. Product deliverables, on the other hand, could be hardware, software, mobile applications, contracts, or even test assessment results.
The deliverables that clients and stakeholders expect at the end of the project are the product or service, of course, but there is also paperwork, as noted. These documents, when completed, are deliverables that clients and stakeholders need in order to evaluate the progress or completion of the project.
This paperwork can include:
- Signed contracts
- Finalized expense reports
- Other types of project reports which show how work is proceeding versus project plan estimations
Deliverables can vary according to the project’s specifications and the stakeholders’ requirements. But all clients and stakeholders want deliverables that thoroughly wrap up the project at its closure and measure performance against expectations throughout the project.
Project managers’ reports are the means by which these types of deliverables are presented to clients and stakeholders. Different stakeholders have different needs, so flexibility and customization is import for effective reporting. In order to meet their needs, a project management software must be able to filter the many data inputs to deliver the proper output.
ProjectManager.com has the flexibility and customization to create the deliverable that is appropriate for the project and its clients and stakeholders. Our project management software provides this and more, no matter where you are in the project life cycle.
ProjectManager.com Helps You to Build Project Deliverables
Creating deliverables for stakeholders is easy using these reports:
- Project status report
- Variance report
- Timesheet report
Compiling project status reports is a great way to:
- Illustrate for stakeholders how work is proceeding
- Show which team members are carrying the heaviest loads, and if adjustments need to be made
- Outline room for improvement as the project moves ahead or at closure
Our project status reports are highly-customizable, with options to select a wide variety of columns and data sets to pull back exactly the information you’re seeking on the project’s status:
The data selection screen of the project status report.
Below is an example of a project status report that can be generated with several variables including Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), planned start and finish dates, planned hours, percent complete, task assignments, start dates and actual hours:
A status report with multiple variables selected.
Variance reports can be customized to include only summary tasks, completion percentage, and a comparison of the actual progress of the project versus the forecasted progress:
Creating a variance report.
The resulting report shows a side-by-side comparison of predicted start and finish dates, predicted hours versus actual hours spent and that difference, and the difference in predicted project duration and how long it has actually taken to date:
A full project variance report with all columns.