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Work performance information

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Please explain the PMP term "Work Performance Information". All the definitions I have found for this term were way too complicated. I don't even have the slightest idea of what it means. I have an idea of what it is used for, but I have no idea what it is (which is quite odd for me).

Again, please explain in simple language what work performance information means for us, the not-very-intelligent-project-managers.
asked 3 years ago by anonymous

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Work Performance Information (or WPI) is a PMBOK term. The WPI consists of document (usually a spreadsheet) containing comprehensive information about what was already done in the project.

Here are the typical columns that should be included in a WPI document:

- The Task
- The start date of the task
- The (expected) end date of the task
- Percentage complete of the task
- Status of the task
- Deliverable(s) associated with this task; their names and their status
- The risks associated with the task (this will create the following mini-sheet inside the original spreadsheet)
    - Id of the risk
    - Name of the risk
    - Description of the risk
    - Status of the risk
    - Action done to mitigate the risk
- The change requests associated with the task (again, we will have another mini-sheet)
    - Id of the change request
    - Name of the change request
    - Description of the change request
    - Status of the change request
- Resources allocated to this task (this will also open up a mini sheet listing all the resources allocated to this task as well as their roles)
- Total costs associated with this task (a detailed breakdown should be included)
- Quality issues pertinent to this task (mainly quality compliance)
- Some technical details about the task
- All the procurement activities associated with this task (this will open up another mini sheet listing detailing each and every procurement activity, who is the seller, what was the material purchased, the price, etc...)

Note that the WPI can also be done in a completely different manner, here's how:

- You first list the started tasks, their start date, their (expected) end date, and their current status
- You then list the deliverables (the deliverables here are not associated with tasks)
- You then list the risks (and all pertinent information)
- ...Change Requests
- etc...

Note that the second way of doing the WPI is the most common, but I prefer the first way as everything (risks/change requests/deliverables/etc...) is associated with a task.
answered 3 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points) edited 3 years ago by me

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