Management Tools: PPP – Plans, Progress, Problems

PPP or “Plans, Progress, Problems” is one of the easiest weekly reporting methodologies imaginable and it’s also the centerpiece of Weekdone. Not only is Weekdone weekly reporting built on PPP principles, but we also use it ourselves as well.

Status reports are more than just bureaucracy and convenience for the managers. It also gives employees a chance to demonstrate their abilities:

Why leaders love PPP.

As said by Reportingadvice: „A weekly status report enables managers to track their employees’ performance and progress at all levels. Normally managers do not have the time to talk to every employee about each weekly task in detail due to time shortage. Thus, written weekly reports are an efficient way to communicate all projects, tasks and progresses during a week.“

Or as Cleve Gibbon aptly put it, PPP is “rich in stuff, low in fluff”. His opinion is shared by the likes of Emi Gal (CEO of Brainient) and Colin Nederkoorn (CEO of, both of whom use PPP to organize and streamline their respective enterprises.

PPP is easy.


‘Weekly status reporting consists of 3 different questions or categories:

  • Plans. What are you planning? (Future)
  • Progress. What have you done? (Past)
  • Problems. What problems are you facing? (Present)

Each week employees answer these questions (without writing long essays) and a manager can get a overview of what’s going on.

In Weekdone the employee reports create a easily readable dashboard with custom charts, to save managers more time.

To get started, have a look at our presentation on 3 tips to status reporting.

PPP works for both people sharing an office every day and remote teams working across the globe.

Here is a list of things you’ll have, when you’ve implemented PPP:

  • fewer boring status meetings;
  • less time spent on 1 on 1 feedback;
  • less time wondering if your employees are working;
  • more time for meaningful work

Sounds good? Then give Weekdone a try.