Few days ago, I encountered a new tool that in essence makes people write 5-minute reports every week/month, of which their managers send the important things up to their managers and so on and so forth up untill the CEO.

Does anybody know the name and website? I can't stand that I forgot what it was... :s

Is a tool like that actually beneficial for a project manager?

  • Can you share a bit more information? I felt like a human google, and in order to help out I need more information. Where you looking for something? Did somebody show it to you? Is there a good reference in your browser history? – Zsolt May 14 '12 at 9:19
  • I've been looking through my browser history, but found no hits... It was a comment by someone 'somewhere' on a forum. I've also been trying Google as well, and came here as a last resort. I hoped someone might know the tool that I'm talking about... No need to Google it for me, but if you know of such a tool, that'd be great! – Willem Mulder May 14 '12 at 9:58

Was this it?


Interesting idea, but in asking EACH employee to do this, then every for 12 employees on a team, the manager has to spend an hour reading the reports, then distilling information. Has some benefits, but could get unwieldy for some depending on number of direct reports.

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  • Yep, that was it, thanks so much! :-) I agree that the tool has drawbacks, and I would insist that people only write reports if they've something to tell. It's a waste of time to make this stuff mandatory... – Willem Mulder May 14 '12 at 14:45
  • Nice finding Trevor – Zsolt May 14 '12 at 15:47

Interesting comment on this type of functionality on Manager Tools Blog

This is not Communication

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  • Very true article. Relations are about trust, confidence and happiness. No online tool can give you that. Still, it is useful as an addition to personal relationships. Written ideas are not forgotten. And it solve the problem that noone can talk face-to-face with everybody: yet if things are written down, the reach is much wider. And look at the internet: so many non-personal information, but useful nonetheless! – Willem Mulder May 25 '12 at 7:20

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