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How many metrics do you need? The metrics rule of minimums.

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The Metrics Rule of Minimums: The number of metrics needed is the minimum to accurately indicate state.

There are a quite a large number of metrics that can be generated from a single project that could end up in a status report (I’ll dig into details in a subsequent post). As the head of Onboard Informatics’ Project Management Office (PMO), I am responsible for developing reporting and measurement standards for ALL projects. There are just too few hours in the day to maintain all those measurements and reports! I needed a guideline for our group to limit metrics development and maintenance effort but report status accurately. The metric rule of minimums seemed to fit the bill. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by James John Wilson

July 25, 2008 at 4:59 pm