David Parmenter

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So far David Parmenter has created 11 blog entries.
My vision is to change how leading organisations, around the world, measure and manage performance – by 2030

Ten KPI Project Implementation Lessons

Ten KPI Project Implementation Lessons

Select a small KPI team to be full time on the KPI project.
Sell change the John Kotter way.
Start off with a six-perspective balanced-scorecard template.
Focus on the critical success factors.
Follow the 10/80/10 rule.
“Just do it.”
Use existing systems for the first 12 months.
Trap all performance […]

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The Ten Rules for Designing Measures

The Ten Rules for Designing Measures
Source: Extracted from
Key Performance Indicators – developing, implementing and using winning KPIs (4th Edition)

1.     Understand the difference between Result and Performance Indicators
If you can phone a manager and they accept the responsibility for a measure, it is a Performance Indicator. Where you have measures that summarize collective action, of several teams […]

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Ten Common Reasons Why Organizations Get Their Measures Radically Wrong

Ten Common Reasons Why Organizations Get Their Measures Radically Wrong

Measuring too much e.g. aiming a service level to all customers when we should be focusing effort on key customers
A lack of connectivity with the organization’s critical success factors
Treating all measures as KPIs
KPIs being driven by performance related pay
A tendency to […]

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The Seven Foundation Stones of A KPI Project

The Seven Foundation Stones of A KPI Project
 

Partnership with the Staff, Unions, and Third Parties
Transfer of Power to the Front Line
Measure and Report Only What Matters
Source All KPIs From the Organization’s Critical Success Factors
Abandon Processes That Do Not Deliver
Appointment of a Home-Grown KPI Team Leader
Organization-Wide Understanding of the […]

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The Three Stages of A KPI Project

The Three Stages of A KPI Project
Source: Extracted from
Key Performance Indicators – developing, implementing and using winning KPIs (4th Edition)

Getting the enterprise committed to the change and up-skilling the in-house KPI team
All major project implementations are deeply affected by the success or failure in leading and selling the change. Chapter 4, which outlines John Kotter’s model […]

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Assessing Your Progress with Performance Measures Checklist

Checklist to assessing your progress with performance measures checklist

Knowledge of the critical success factors
Is it covered?

1.      Senior management have a common understanding of the organization’s success factors.
o Yes   o No

2.      The organization has identified the critical success factors.
o Yes   o No

3.      The critical success factors have been communicated to all staff and are impacting positively […]

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Indicative KPI Project Rollout Durations

Indicative KPI Project Rollout Durations

Project stages
One-person team
Two-person KPI team
Four-person KPI team

Size of Organization (FTEs)

Less than 100 FTEs
100- 250
250 to 500
500 to 3,000
3,000 to 10,000
over 10,000+

1 Getting the enterprise committed to the change and up-skilling an in-house KPI team.
1 week
1 week
2-3 weeks
2-3 weeks to holding company

2 Ascertaining the operational critical success factors.
2 weeks
2-3 weeks
4-6 weeks
4-6 weeks
4-6 […]

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Examples of Common Future Indicators

Examples of Common Future Indicators

Future innovations
To encourage future innovations, it is desirable to measure the number of new innovations that will be fully operational in the next month, month two and month three by department.

Future key customer events
To maintain a close relationship with our key customers a list should be prepared with the next agreed […]

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Three rules for sorting through measures

Three rules for sorting through measures:

If it is a financial indicator – it can never be a KPI
If the time period is longer than a week -it can never be a KPI
If you cannot phone someone to accept responsibility for performance – it is not a KPI as it is a result […]

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The Four Types of Performance Measures

The Four Types of Performance Measures
From my research over the past 30 years I have come to the conclusion that there are four types of performance measures and thus it is a myth to consider all measures are KPIs. These four measures are in two groups: result indicators and performance indicators.

I use the term result […]

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