How often have you looked at a set of data points and wondered what the… point was of capturing them at all? I’ve seen PMOs with measures for how many projects were closed in a month but not measures for whether those closed projects were done on time and on budget, for example. Sometimes I think our desire to catalogue and record everything goes a little bit too far. There isn’t any point in capturing data that no one cares about.
This graphic shows three core principles for creating and using metrics. They are universally applicable but good for project managers because we have to think up (and then find ways to track) KPIs and success criteria measures for our projects. And if you’re in a PMO role, you must have a bunch of data points you are collecting too – I wonder how many of them make it into the reports you produce for stakeholders? And then how many stakeholders actually read and care about them?
For more on the topic of what makes a good measure for your project, take a look at this article, which digs into some examples and how to make sure that you are creating measures that are useful, in more detail.