First of all, I apologize for such a minor question. I am not sure if this is a suitable platform for this. I am responsible for submitting quarterly reports for a project. I am doing this since last year. I had submitted fourth quarterly report few months back. Its time of the year when I have to submit another report. I am unsure about what should I name this report as. Is this fifth quarterly report? Or is this first quarterly report for the second year of the project. Could you please guide me on this ?
1What was the title of the last one?– DrewJordanJul 15, 2015 at 18:47
Not taking into account the different formats for each option I think we can discuss just this two:
- YYYY-Qx (with x in 1 .. 4)
- Project Z - Qx (where x can be bigger than 4)
In my research each organization use any of them. E.g:
- "The fifth quarter period to end March 2008 was primarily concerned [...]"
- "There were no new staff hires planned during the fifth quarter"
- "Fifth Quarterly Report on Connecticut’s 2009 [...]"
- "Q3 2014 compared to Q3 2013"
Regarding to the question, I think the best option will be keep coherence with your previous reports. Since at date (July) you've send four reports and need to send the fifth I assume you used:
- Project X - Q1 (sent on July '14)
- Project X - Q2 (sent on October '14)
- Project X - Q3 (sent on January '15)
- Project X - Q4 (sent on April '15)
So in this case the best option could be Project X - Q5, since your Q's doesn't relate to a calendar year.
A Year Always Has Four Quarters
A year only has four quarters, whether it's a calendar year, a fiscal year, or whatever. The fourth quarter of last year might be called "2014-Q4", so the following quarter would be "2015-Q1". The actual naming convention of your documents might differ, but the quarter after the fourth quarter of a year is always the first quarter of a new year.
You should check within your company for the right way to name your documents, and how to specify the year and quarter to align with company standards. I can't imagine a valid use case for identifying quarters without associating them with a year, except maybe to say something like "project X will take 20 quarters to complete", but stranger things have happened. Your mileage may vary.
I'm not really sure about this. It seems you can many links to info using the Q5, Q6, etc notation. commerce.wa.gov/Documents/GMAP-BSD-Q4-FY12.pdf, aaii.com/stockinvestor/programinfo/proflddefs.pdf, humanservices.arkansas.gov/dcfs/dcfsDocs/… Jul 12, 2015 at 5:56
1At first I agreed with you but now, I agree with Project Shepherding in that if the quarterly reports aren't aligned with the calendar year, then it should continue as Q5,Q6 etc.– DwevJul 18, 2015 at 17:16