Too many companies focus on new product development metrics that tell them whether they’ve succeeded or failed rather than measuring the behaviors that drive success.

Teams are tasked with collecting product development metrics because they’re easy to gather rather than useful. Or they focus on validating whether they succeeded or failed instead of measuring the behaviors that drive success. More effective new product development metrics track the critical few factors that allow project leadership to make better decisions. These metrics provide a direct line of sight between the project goal and the three to five key measures that, when defined and frequently gathered, will best predict the likelihood of achieving that goal.

Effective new product development metrics track the critical few factors that allow project leadership to seed improvements throughout the organization. They provide a clear line of sight to broader, strategic goals. The key is to measure behaviors that are tied to specific initiatives that support theses goals. Our approach to metrics establishes an early warning system that helps drifting projects get back on track.


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Presentation covering how to create and update Schedule Prediction Accuracy charts and how to demonstrate program status by showing scope, cost and time in one chart. Includes Metrics for estimating progress (at the engineering task levels); Monitoring Progress (Earned Value – Scope, Cost and Time); 3 Risk Monitoring; 4 Circle Dot Charts.

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Agile Project Management in a Waterfall World: Managing Sprints with Predictive Metrics (Slideshare)
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Report on a benchmark study to capture best practices in the application of SW metrics dashboards. Ten technology companies participated in the study.