A scorecard is any structured report that helps guide and monitor the activities and actions that relate to an initiative. Steve McConnell created the Software Project Survival Test as a way to score software project management1. His test is a scorecard that helps estimate a project's risks and identifies areas for improvement.
In this book, the entire thrust and theme is that you, your team, or your organization is undertaking an initiative to adopt new or different .NET practices. The goal is to achieve positive outcomes through better practices. Having the right scorecard helps in the following ways: