How to Understand Key Metrics in a New Industry

Tom Spencer

All industries use numbers and metrics to describe performance, measure trends, and allocate status. Using the metrics for decision making. The first step to understanding a new set of metrics is to put them into context. Company goals – Is the change in the metric planned?

PMO Metrics: Simplifying Net Present Value (NPV)

The Clever Consultant

Metrics NPV PMO MetricsWhether you’re helping a client build a business case or, launching a strategic project, chances are you’ll need to get your hands dirty by calculating the Net Present Value (NPV) of their investment. The concept behind NPV is simple: cash in-hand today is more valuable than cash received next year, the year after that and […].

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Most Important Metrics to Track for a Consulting Business: Video

Consulting Success

Video Transcript: Let’s talk about metrics. Specific metrics that you can use to get more clients, win more business , and actually grow your consulting business. There’s four metrics in one track. Metric number three that you want to track is proposals. These four metrics give you a lot of information. That’s why being able to look at these numbers and understanding these four metrics, really allows for going in and making adjustments.

The road to hell is paved with metrics.

Markovitz Consulting

Michael Harris and Bill Tayler wrote a terrific article in the new Harvard Business Review on “metrics surrogation”—the tendency for people to mentally replace their business strategy with metrics. Although these metrics are supposed to reflect the company’s progress towards its goals, the focus on metrics can destroy an organization. Loosen the link between metrics and incentives. Use multiple metrics.

Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

As frustrating as contact and account data management can be, this is still your database – a massive asset to your organization, even if it is rife with holes and inaccurate information. Entrusting a vendor to help maintain its accuracy and completeness is no ordinary engagement. Download ZoomInfo’s latest data-driven eBook aimed to help marketing leaders understand the best practices around choosing a B2B contact data provider.

HR Metrics: How to Calculate Cost Per Hire

The Clever Consultant

Cost Per Hire (CPH) is one of the most common HR metrics used to measure recruiting effectiveness. Metrics HR Efficiency human resources Recruiting CostsThat’s because it’s insanely simple to calculate – just add up your total recruiting costs and divide them by number of new hires for a given period. CPH shouldn’t be used in a vacuum, though, as it doesn’t […].

Using the Right Performance Metrics: Watch out for P&Ls

Kates Kesler

Metrics serve as a powerful motivator and unfortunately, are often perfectly designed to drive sub-optimal results. In team sports, measuring vital, non-point metrics and de-emphasizing individual metrics is not a new concept. Blog Knowledge Base Metrics and Rewards

How do you measure success in digital? Five metrics for CEOs

McKinsey & Company

These metrics are ones to watch. As organizations launch more and more digital initiatives, CEOs must monitor whether they are delivering business results. Digital Insights

Made to measure: Getting design leadership metrics right

McKinsey & Company

Setting a North Star and combining qualitative data with quantitative measures can demonstrate the value and effectiveness of design. Our Insights Analytics Customer-Experience Design Digital Leadership Customer experience & loyalty

SaaS and the Rule of 40: Keys to the critical value creation metric

McKinsey & Company

Investors reward SaaS companies that hit this operating performance marker, yet a surprisingly small number have been able to do so. Here’s how more can follow their industry leaders’ example.

Are You Paying Attention to the Right Sales Metrics?

Harvard Business

Four indicators that will give executives a clearer picture of the revenue pipeline. Sales & Marketing Performance measurement Digital Article

Build Repeatability into Your Business by Becoming Metrics Driven w/Amos Schwartzfarb from Techstars Ep#112

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Amos Schwartzfarb has been building businesses since the 90's. Now, he's the Managing Director at Techstars, investing in early stage businesses and helping them find repeatability.

Don’t steal metrics

Seth Godin Blog

It’s worth finding your metrics A thoughtful friend has a new project, and decided to integrate a podcast into it. Talking to a producer, he said that his goal was to make it a “top 10 podcast on iTunes.” ” Why is that the goal? That’s a common goal, a popular goal, someone else’s goal.

Looking Beyond Short Term Financial Metrics (Nigel Lake, Part 2 of 10)

Tom Spencer

Tom: Do you think that short term financial metrics are part of the problem in developing long term strategy? One of the ideas that I’ve been thinking about recently is that financial metrics are basically designed to evaluate how much you are getting out of a company, your cash flow take from the company. And so, there appears to be a disparity between what companies do and what the metrics are measuring. (Source: Flickr ).

Put Your Metrics Where Your Mouth Is

Harvard Business

Talk is cheap. Performance measurement Social responsibility Digital Article

The Most Important Metrics You’re Not Tracking (Yet)

Harvard Business

Are you as customer-centric as you think? Data Customers Digital Article

Healthcare.gov Success Metrics - Net Promoter Score

Consultant Ninja

Ignoring the signup/website experience, I''m curious about the customer satisfaction and actual value from the core product. Interestingly I''ve seen zero data (though plenty of anecdotes) to support either direction. I''d like to run a separate survey targeting just people who have signed up. I''d just ask 4 questions: 1) Did you have health insurance prior to getting insurance via healthcare.gov? Yes/No] 2) If so, how are your health insurance premiums compared to your prior plans?

To Make Real Progress on D&I, Move Past Vanity Metrics

Harvard Business

Four strategies to make sure you’re measuring what matters. Hiring Talent management Diversity Digital Article

How to Cure a Bad Case of Metric Fixation

Strategy+Business

In The Tyranny of Metrics, history professor Jerry Muller reminds us that not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted

How to Cure a Bad Case of Metric Fixation

Strategy+Business

In The Tyranny of Metrics, history professor Jerry Muller reminds us that not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted

Don’t Let Financial Metrics Prematurely Stifle Innovation

Harvard Business

How to measure progress in a product that’s still getting off the ground. Innovation Product development Digital Article

Consulting Firm Metrics that REALLY Matter

Management and IT Consulting

Learn how your firm can get better profitability out of your current projects and drive additional revenue by tracking the metrics that matter most A panel of consulting industry experts join Deltek to share their tips with consulting firms.

Don’t Be Tyrannized by Old Metrics

Harvard Business

While effective metrics are essential for focusing attention and achieving results, they can also overpower better sense. Most industries cower to a few central metrics, the yardsticks that define the winners and losers. Metrics tried and proven over years become a guide to what’s important, driving resource allocation. But these metrics can become tyrants. When things change, outmoded metrics can threaten a firm’s survival. HBR STAFF.

Any metric you can buy your way out of…

Seth Godin Blog

Is probably not a useful metric to measure yourself by. But the helpful metrics are the ones where cash isn’t the solution If it’s important and you can spend money to fix it, by all means, go do that.

8 Example Case Interview Questions

CaseInterview.com

Case Interview Articles estimate future demand estimation question forecast demand industry specific metrics mckinsey case interview mckinsey problem solving testHere’s a list of Case Interview Questions that I’ve received as a candidate.

Powerful metrics with hidden variables

Seth Godin Blog

What factors lead to a search result showing up on page 1 or page 5 of Google? What about the popularity bar in iTunes? How does it work? Who decides what your salary is compared to the person down the hall? On this road, in this town, what's the threshold before you'll get a speeding ticket? In that magazine article, what's the methodology for ranking these semi-famous people? How did this image show up in recommended?

How to Use Corporate Training Metrics to Drive Value

LSA Global

Are corporate training metrics simply an exercise in futility that pleases training experts and HR but otherwise has no meaningful value to the business? Successful companies have learned that corporate training metrics have tremendous value in three areas: Helping to evaluate what matters (where to focus your efforts). To learn more about corporate training metrics, download 5 Steps to Smarter Training Measurement. Why Measure Training?

Don’t Let a Single Metric Drive Your Business

Harvard Business

To get the full picture, look at a constellation of data. Data Digital Article

Find the Right Metrics for Your Sales Team

Harvard Business

As a consequence, managers don’t have a clear sense of what is really driving sales in their business, while salespeople, who are inundated with dozens of metrics, get lost in the day-to-day noise. The challenge, of course, is to decide on the right metrics. Wins are the most common metric used across sales roles and industries. Finding the right metrics isn’t the end of the story.

Contact Center Metrics Tracking Toward Customer Centricity

1 to 1

Metrics such as average handle time (AHT), number of contacts handled, average wait time, and average speed of answer have all been heavily used and tracked. And while a couple of customer-centric metrics - customer satisfaction and Net Promoter Score - have become entrenched among contact center measurements, only recently have other customer-focused measurements such as Customer Effort Score and First Contact Resolution risen through the ranks.

We Can’t Study Short-Termism Without the Right Metrics

Harvard Business

The McKinsey Global Institute, in conjunction with FCLT Global, recently released research stating that long-term-oriented companies perform better than those that focus on short-term results. While a laudable effort in principle, measuring a company’s tendency to make myopic operating and investing decisions is fiendishly complex. Getting the measurement right is central to providing convincing evidence on the debate over short-termism.

How to Know if Your Consulting Firm is Built Correctly

David A Fields

With a single, straightforward metric: Infrastructure Strength Before we define this metric, let’s examine your job. How do you know if you have the right team doing the right things at your consulting firm?

Tesla Shows How Traditional Business Metrics Are Outdated

Harvard Business

At the core of the confusion over a company like Tesla is that traditional business metrics are outdated and can create overconfidence or underestimation. Classic metrics like market penetration and market share, which many leaders are measured on, are the very things causing us to miss market opportunities and threats. We don’t need to throw out all classic business metrics. But we should recognize their fundamental flaws and complement them with a new set of metrics.

A Better Metric for the Value of a Worker Training Program

Harvard Business

These metrics are useful but miss the big picture, in part because they mistake a program’s cost for its value. We developed a new metric — cost per employed day (CPED) over the first six months — that we believe better defines how well employment programs work. Debating the utility of specific metrics might seem like a minor thing. Data and metrics are part of the solution.

Why the Entire C-Suite Needs to Use the Same Metrics for Cyber Risk

Harvard Business

At the same time, members of the C-suite are measuring their potential impact using different metrics — financial, regulatory, technical, operational — leading to conflicting assessments. This lack of communication and coordination across functions makes it very difficult to assess the impact of cyber risk on the business as a whole or create any common metrics for doing so. Harry Haysom/Getty Images.

Feds Sharpen Focus on Using Customer Experience Metrics

1 to 1

Companies in the private sector continue to adopt customer experience metrics such as customer effort score and Net Promoter Score to get a better handle on how satisfied customers are and to help determine whether customer experience investments are paying off.

The Key to Agile Success? Focus on Outcomes, not Metrics - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM CA TECHNOLOGIES

Harvard Business

For years, agile teams and organizations have measured success using process metrics – time to market, team throughput and cycle times, improved quality, and better predictability of output. As companies scale from agile projects to agile organizations, we must evolve the way we measure success – from process-based metrics to measuring business outcomes. By Surya Panditi, GM, Agile Management, CA Technologies.