“Measures of Success” – My New Book

Turning Data Into Knowledge and Improvement… React Less, Lead Better, Improve More

This is a new book I am writing based on the “Better Metrics” workshops that I have been doing this year. These are methods I've been learning, using, and teaching for 20 years. I've blogged a lot on this topic, as well, over the years. I also presented on the topic at Lean Startup Week.

This project is still an “in-progress book” and has been released through LeanPub. If you buy the book now, you get early access to the first chapters and new content and revisions will be made available to you at no additional charge.

The cover design is still not finalized. In the spirit of “Lean Publishing,” everything can be iterated and improved until the book is complete. Your input as an early reader will make this a better book in the end.

Hypothesis: Potential book readers are under great pressure to improve, but have limited time. As organizations add more performance measures and look at their metrics more frequently, there's lots of data available… but does that really lead to improvement?

Current management methods such as red/green analysis, comparisons to targets, and comparisons to past results don't help them distinguish between “noise” and meaningful “signals” in those metrics. A better method would save time and help focus efforts where they matter – knowing when it's appropriate to react and look for root causes of changes in performance… and when to step back and study and improve the system and its overall performance in a more systematic, less reactive way.

I also have a page on Leanpub.com, which is where I am initially publishing the book. I'll am going the “in-progress publishing” route that LeanPub defines as the core of “Lean publishing,” meaning early buyers will be able to buy the first few chapters and then give input and feedback.

I'm still working with potential cover concepts, such as these and others that I'll have made:

I'd love to hear your comments if you'd post them below or contact me

Related and Existing Content

My talk at Lean Startup Week 2017:

Here is a webinar I've done on some of these concepts:

Some blog posts on the themes I'd cover in the book (but the book won't simply be a collection of blog posts):

Stop Wasting People's Time (in a #LeanStartup or any Organization) by Separating Signal From Noise

How “Process Behavior Charts” Save Us Time and Help Us Sleep Better at Night

Data Without Context Isn't Very Helpful; Don't Overreact to Each Up & Down

Arbitrary Targets at DFW – What About Your Organization?

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