Tree Diagram Tools: Tips and App Reviews

When I build KPI Trees with clients, one of the trickiest practical problems is which tree diagram tools to use to create and share those trees. Anyone who has built a tree knows that they can quickly become difficult to fit on a page, read and share. Things to consider when choosing your KPI Tree Diagram […]

Contradictory KPIs. When KPIs should agree, but don’t

Contradictory KPIs are a common problem and can rapidly undermine management confidence in the KPI system. Even someone who knows nothing about measurement knows that if you look at, say, a figure for widget production in July 2007, then you would expect any other figures for widget production in July 2007 to be the same, […]

Dealing with KPI Problems – Stranded Data

There are lots of practical data problems you are likely to come across when implementing KPIs and measures. I’ve identified five of the most common ones. The first of this series is  ‘Stranded data’ or data living in small pools throughout your organisation. This issue is fairly simple to spot but probably the toughest of […]

Getting KPI Buy-In

Using the phrase `KPI buy-in’ is probably putting it a bit strongly. For many KPI implementations the best you’re looking for initially is the absence of resistance and compliance in terms of gathering information. Proper buy-in normally only comes after people start to see real value coming from the data. There are a few situations, […]

Prototyping Dashboards – The Five Steps to Success

Why prototype? It is quite rare to find a client (internal or external) who knows precisely what they want from a dashboard or report. If you catch them with no preparation they will normally reach for an existing report and tell you which bits they want changing and moving. Sometimes this ends with them sighing […]

Setting up Meetings for Success

After years of watching how organisation ‘really’ use management information, I am more than a little sceptical. If we put my scepticism to one side, most meetings should centre on decisions based on good information and analysis. The reports and dashboards you will be prototyping in the next step should feed those meetings with the […]

Too Many KPIs or Measures?

A simple method for dealing with too many KPIs or measures By the time you have created your KPI Tree(s) you will have a large number of candidate measures. Some teams are horrified when they realise that they have come up with 70, 80 or more measures. The good news is that you definitely won’t […]

KPI Tree Checklist – Creating KPI Trees

The KPI Tree Checklist – getting it right first time In earlier posts I explained the value of KPI Trees and how to build a KPI Tree. Here’s a useful KPI Tree checklist to see you through the process of creating one. This, along with the other articles on KPI Trees, are in my book KPI […]

How to measure “difficult to measure” things.

What lipstick, the Panama Canal and toilet breaks can tell you. There are some things that are difficult to measure, maybe even impossible to measure directly. The key with ‘difficult to measure’ things is to look at something that either affects or is affected by the thing you are interested in. Here are three examples of […]

Meaningful KPIs – Why use a KPI Tree?

Creating Meaningful KPIs: Why use a KPI Tree? Most strategic objectives are high-level outcomes. It’s very hard to agree with total confidence that you should, for example, measure ‘process moisture content’ as a way of delivering ‘lowest cost per metre production of all manufacturers’ unless you understand precisely how one links to the other. KPI […]