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The Project Management Tool Kit: 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right by Tom Kendrick

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Example Metrics

Throughout a project, data for understanding the overall health of the project is all around you.

Diagnostic schedule metrics include:

  • Critical path activity slippage

  • Cumulative project slippage

  • Number of added activities

  • Early activity completions

  • Activity closure index: the ratio of activities closed in the project so far to the number expected

Some diagnostic resource metrics are:

  • All earned value measurement metrics

  • Excess consumption of effort or funds

  • Amount of unplanned overtime

Diagnostic scope metrics concern the project deliverable. Consider:

  • Results of tests, inspections, and walkthroughs

  • Number and magnitude of approved scope changes

Other diagnostic metrics worth keeping track of include:

  • Risks added after project baseline ...

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