"Evolving from standard metrics to productivity"
Measurement is not only nice to have, it is hard work. The presentation will show how a measurement system can evolve over time. During a project you must know ‘What is the current state?’ to be able to steer the project. There are two possibilities to answer that question:
- metrics showing the project status
- the feeling of the project members
The second possibility can be dangerous. How to identify the right metrics? A reference model like CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) recommends some standard metrics. Normally quality, schedule, and costs are addressed. If these metrics are in place, a new question will arise:
- Can I use metrics for predictions?
- What will change if I use a new approach?
6 sigma and statistical process control are able to answer some of these questions. An example will be shown.
One key question remains open:
- Do I measure the right things?
A new method we are working on is able to identify levers in an organization that influence productivity. This idea will be illustrated.
Biography:Ludger Meyer is head of the “System and Software Processes” department of Siemens AG. This department is responsible for conducting CMM-based process assessments and process improvements throughout Siemens and also a few external companies.
This department has extensive experience, since over a decade, of conducting process assessments and improvement projects throughout Siemens. There is a strong interest in improvements that help our competitive position, including further improving the innovation capability as well as measuring and improving the efficiency of an organization.