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September 15, 2015

Project Management Dashboard - PowerPoint Dashboard Template

What is Project Dashboards?

A project management dashboard is a handy tool for any project manager to give the project status in a snapshot. A dashboard should be able to convey the quality of important project parameters visually. 
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Project Management Dashboard

Features and Advantages of the Project Management Dashboard

  • Covers the critical project management parameters with visual graphs for easy visualization.
  • Covers project schedule, budget, risks, issues, and change management.
  • The Schedule section allows to update % complete, and task breaks up - On Track, Concern and Delayed.
  • The Budget section caters to different expense categories like Resources, Software, Hardware, and others. Each category allows Planned, Spent, and Remaining costs.
  • Provides an option to visualize the project timeline. As the timeline is manual, it can be changed as per needs.
  • The Risks and Issues section allows high, medium, and low open items to be displayed.
  • Open Change Requests, Action Items, and Pending Decisions can be displayed in a graph.
  • A free-form update for any other project activities and essential attributes like project name, project manager, etc., are also covered.
  • As it is a PowerPoint-based dashboard, it can be used to combine and report multiple projects.
  • And it is available to download and customize as per your needs !!!

How to use the Project Management Dashboard

The Project Management Dashboard contains 3 main sections - Project basics, Project Health and Project Timeline, and Key Updates.

Project Basics

The project basics section has Project Name, Project Manager/Sponsor, Status Date, and Project Status. All of them are text fields and can be modified as per requirement.

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Project Basics

Project Health

  • Project health has 4 graphs - Schedule, Budget, Risks/Issues, and Change Requests. You can edit the data by right-clicking on the charts. You will have two options to modify the data. 
  • First("Edit Data"), you can do an edit in the presentation. You can edit the data but cannot column/field names. 
  • Second("Edit Data in Excel"), you can do an edit in excel, which will allow editing data and do any other changes to the columns/fields.
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Project Health

Project Timeline and Key Updates

  • The project timeline is manual and does not use any graphs. It can get a bit cumbersome to use but provides a lot of flexibility as you can change the timeline to reflect days/weeks/quarters and add new project phases without much change. The timeline should be used only for high-level project plans or steps.
  • The other vital updates and notes should be used to provide a brief update on project activities. The updates should be kept as short as possible.
    Check 8 Samples for Project Timeline Templates. 

Project Timeline and Key Updates
Project Timeline and Key Updates