I am currently trying to create some better systems for keeping on top of the projects which I need to manage. As part of this, I am attempting to draw up a list of core metrics that I think every project will have (so I can write a program to display data about each project).
I understand that every project will be different, and each will have their own metrics, but surely each project will have some metrics which are always going to be the same as others. I'm trying to think more about high level stuff as oppose to individual tasks. For example:
- Outcomes - what is the outcome of this project. What will it look like when it is finished.
- Goals/milestones - what are the goals or milestones of this project. This could potentially be the same as outcomes, but maybe more abstract. E.g. by the 1st of march, it should be in x state.
- On track - is this project on track for completion
- Budget - what is the budget for this project
Maybe I'm trying to invent something of my own which isn't helpful, and I'd appreciate being told this if so.
There are some similar questions on this site, but I'm not sure they really cover the metrics I have just outlined.
As another question, if this same question was asked on a 'departmental' (e.g. finance/HR) or 'organisational' (the whole company) level, what metrics would be good for tracking progress and keeping order?