Write a report that provides facts
about various project method methodologies. The audience for your report
is your senior leadership. Include the following:
1. Provide an overview of your organization and the project
management methodology you currently use (traditional/waterfall, agile,
lean, etc.). You may also use a company you wish to work for in the
2. Write a 1-2 page summary of the existing methodology, its origin and advantages and disadvantages.
3. Write a 1-2 page summary of an alternate methodology (traditional,
agile, lean, etc.) including its advantages and disadvantages.
4. Write a conclusion discussing recommendations for your company based on your findings.
The length should be in the range of 1500 words +/- 10%.
Make sure that your report contains all of the following headings, shown below in Components of a business report.
Components of a business report
A business report contains a collection of objective data that the
reader should consider. The report can contain suggestions and
recommendations, but its primary purpose should be to present facts and
information. Please note this important distinction. A report is not a
proposal. A proposal is a sales pitch with the single objective of
promoting an idea. A business proposal spends most of its time promoting
suggestions and recommendations. A business report spends most of its
time presenting objective facts. Proposals propose. Reports report.
Please include all of the following headings and sections in your report:
Business reports generally follow a formal structure, unless they are
very short email reports. Most moderate to long reports begin with a
title page. The title page shows the full title of the report, the name
of the author and the names of audience members or groups.
Abstract or Executive Summary
The report should also include an “abstract” or “executive summary.”
This brief summary presents the purpose, methods, scope, findings,
conclusions and recommendations of the report. A high-level business
executive might choose not to read the entire report, but instead to
read only the executive summary. Write the summary with enough detail to
provide a busy executive with the most important elements of the
report. See this resource for writing abstracts: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/general_format.html.
Table of Contents
The table of contents page usually comes immediately after the title
page and before the executive summary. It should show each section of
the report by name and page number.
List of Figures, Tables, Abbreviations or Symbols (optional)
A good rule of thumb is that if your report includes more than five
figures, illustrations or tables, you should list them by page number,
immediately after the table of contents page. If the report contains
abbreviations or symbols that might not be familiar to all readers,
include those abbreviations and symbols, plus their definitions and
explanations in this section. Not all reports need to contain this
Start the body of the report with an introductory paragraph, with the
heading “Introduction.” The introduction should present the purpose and
scope of the report, and present background information that might be
necessary for readers to know so that they can understand the rest of
The next heading should read “Body,” and this begins the heart of the
report. You can include subheadings to introduce the various
information categories that make up the body. Consider including tables
of data or financial information, charts, graphs and illustrations. The
body should include content points 1-5 listed above. Missing components
will result in lower grade.
Conclusions and Recommendations
The body of the report ends with “Conclusions and Recommendations.”
In this section, you summarize the objective data and findings, and
propose recommendations, if necessary and appropriate.
If your report presents data that you gathered from published
sources, show those sources in a bibliography that should include
traditional publications, Internet sources and people who you might have
interviewed. Works cited should be in APA format. Failure to submit a proper APA bibliography will result in a reduced grade. See https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/reference_list_basic_rules.html.
Late submissions will not be accepted without prior approval and will result in a reduced grade.