When Tracking Projects, Ignore Your Accountants
Harvard Business Review
MARCH 21, 2013
They're just following what's known as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, or GAAP. But GAAP is exactly where the trouble lies. According to GAAP we are now 50% complete, because we have spent 50% of our budget. The GAAP financial report will recognize half the revenue on the project, or $2.5 That's why we don't use GAAP to run our projects. We do, of course, compile our company's financial statements according to GAAP to keep bankers and investors happy.