PPP: Progress, Plans, Problems

What is it?

Progress, plans, problems (PPP) is a management technique for recurring (daily, weekly or monthly) status reporting.
Each person reports usually 3-5 key achievements, goals and challenges - called progress, plans and problems - from the reporting period.
It is used in organizations in situations like employee to manager, team member to team or CEO to board, investors and advisors reporting.

Structure

PPP template is very simple, consisting of 3 categories:

  1. Progress. Employee's accomplishments, finished items and closed tasks for the period ending.
  2. Plans. Goals and objectives for the next reporting period. These should become Progress next week.
  3. Problems. Challenges. Items that are stuck and can.t be finished. Problems often need help from someone else, not just the employee.

Benefits

PPP is really simple to use and as such does not take much time to neither fill in nor to read.
Having weekly or monthly PPP reports at hand can save hours of time from useless meetings.
It's often loved by both leaders and managers as well as team members finding out how their co-workers are doing.

When to use PPP?

If you don't know which status report template or process you need, PPP is the de facto standard to start from.
You can always add categories or sections later.

Used by

Companies like Skype, Ebay and Facebook. Startup accelerators like Seedcamp. Many technology companies.

Process of using PPP

There are many helpful materials located at Weekdone. We suggest you start by reading this one for a start.

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