What are some of the underlying questions that should be addressed when asked to brief senior executives on the status of a project? I was recently asked to provide status updates on two projects I am leading to the most senior executives in our organization. We are not at a critical juncture in either project where we need decisions from the execs. I was told this is simply a status update, but as we all know status updates have an underlying purpose. I am planning my pre-wire meetings, and have identified the following questions, but would appreciate suggestions on other questions I should be ready to address. While I want to be ready to address all of these questions, I cannot address them all in 15 minutes. Do folks have suggestions on the primary questions I should address in my review and which ones I should be prepared to answer but not address during my overview?
1) What is the timeline until completion?; (2) What is the financial impact on the company; (3) What are potential choke points that may slow downt the project and what are we doing to plan for the choke points; (4) Is the project adequately resourced?: (5) Performance of team members?