Everyone in your organization uses reports but not everyone needs the same information to get their job done. A NASA public relations manager doesn’t need to know the ins and outs of rocket fuel sourcing. Technical aspects of data security at NASA are not relevant to an engineer. These are just a few examples where data that is useful for one part of the organization is irrelevant for another. No matter your industry or organization size, different people need access to different types of insights to be successful within their role. Consequently, reports are not one size fits all.
What Type of Reports Do Decision-Makers Need?
Similar to a NASA engineer, decision-makers in an organization require their reports to highlight role-specific data and insights, which can differ greatly from the reports a PMO head uses. A PMO lead probably wants reports that show an overview of all projects within the portfolio — including metadata and milestones. They may want to see how allocations stack up to capacity and which teams are working on what. In this context, reports should be not so high level that they lose detail, but not so narrow that the PMO head misses the big picture. The level of detail should be somewhere in the middle.
Reports for decision-makers, on the other hand, are most useful when they are high level, strategy orientated and easy to scan. Reports with these characteristics are robust enough to make big decisions but not so comprehensive that someone would get lost in the data. Keeping this in mind, below is a helpful list of Meisterplan reports that are beneficial for decision-makers.