Barometer Assessments for project management

Regardless of numerous excellent project management tools, there are always projects that fail, that can’t meet the deadline, that exceed costs, can’t fulfil the quality, etc. A very experienced project manager has said: «project management would be so easy without people!»

For this reason, a lot of projects have requested TriPol barometer assessments to get an overview of the opinions of all the people involved. We have noticed that the assessment of the project leaders themselves is generally much more optimistic than the assessment of the whole team. This can mean that communication is not functioning adequately – an absolutely critical success factor. That is why, for important and demanding projects, it is of utmost importance to take a periodic barometer assessment.

The «traffic light» chart shows the measurement for the success categories.

Ex 11: Specialists from 12 different organisational units

A project team was staffed with 18 specialists from 12 different organisation units. The team had to set up a support structure for a new service. From the very beginning, the project leader was exposed to many different views, leading to conflicts. Moreover, there weren’t enough resources. The barometer assessment showed the deficiencies clearly: there was a big gap between the objectives of the project team, the managers of the team members and the project team itself. We reviewed and adjusted the objectives of the project first with all managers, then with the team members. The project was planned over a period of 4 years, with yearly barometer assessments. The result for the company was a highly successful project. It was even possible to show a correlation between the barometer results and revenue growth.

«This was our 3rd attempt and this time, with TriPol systematic organisational development – it worked.»

Project leader of a large IT company

It is crucial to identify exactly what problems are preventing the team from reaching its objectives and putting its success at risk. That’s why our method can be integrated into daily work: we systematically implement the findings and the critical focal points.