Project Progress Reports

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The Project Progress Reports are part of the Major Project assignment sequence.


  • Progress Report #1: April 1, 10:00 PM
  • Progress Report #2: April 15, 10:00 PM

General Assignment

As you work on your Major Project, I’m asking that you submit two informal progress reports. Note: these informal progress reports will differ from the formal progress reports described in The MIT Guide to Science and Engineering Communication, pp. 183-191.

Progress Report Format

Front Matter

Memo of Transmittal

Since this is an internal document (i.e., the communication is within an organization), it should be in the form of a formal memo rather than a letter.

Cover Page with Date and Number in a Series

As your Progress Reports are part of the same project as your Project Proposal, you cover page should look similar. Make sure to include the date of submittal and to indicate whether it is the first or second progress report.

Body of Progress Report

The body of your Progress Report will likely be 2-5 pages in length.

Work Accomplished to Date

Summarize the work accomplished to date. Looking back over the technical and management sections of your Project Proposal and work schedule should help you organize this section.

Plans for Next Reporting Period

The technical and management sections of your Project Proposal and work schedule should help you organize this section.

  • For Progress Report #1 summarize the work you still need to do for the Major Project assignment sequence between submitting this progress report and April 15, which is the deadline for Progress Report #2.
  • For Progress Report #2 summarize the work you still need to do to complete Major Project assignment sequence.
Problems Encountered

Briefly describe any problems that you have encountered, their effects, and what you have done to work around them.

Appraisal of Progress to Date

Briefly describe the status of your project in light of your intended work schedule and where you are in the process. In doing so, you might consider the following questions and provide short responses in which you provide the rationale for your answer.

  • Do you believe that you are on track?
  • Do you believe that you are behind?
  • Do you believe that you will meet your upcoming deadlines?

If you have any concerns or problems with your project or the time frame in which the work is to be done, briefly describe some recommendations for moving forward.



Please include a copy of your project work schedule. If you’ve had to revise your schedule from when you submitted your Project Proposal or from when you submitted the first Progress Report, please include both, identifying one as the original and one as the new schedule.

Instructor-review Draft

Please submit your Progress Reports as an attachment via the Assignments tool in Blackboard.