The previous chapter described how a project is tracked and guided so as to meet schedules, costs, and performance targets. As the project advances, the project manager tracks and evaluates its progress and communicates its status to workers, upper management, and the customer. The first part of this chapter discusses methods for assessing and reporting project status and the broader topics of project communication and information systems. Clearly, project communication happens throughout the project, so these topics overlap with related topics discussed earlier in the book.