Section 002, Instructor: Larry Dignan

Weekly Question #7: Complete by March 27, 2017

Leave your response as a comment on this post by the beginning of class on March 27, 2017. Remember, it only needs to be three or four sentences. For these weekly questions, I’m mainly interested in your opinions, not so much particular “facts” from the class!

Here is the question:

Give an example of a KPI – some sort of metric for performance – that you use on a regular basis? Briefly discuss how it conforms to the SMART criteria.

(For example, my car tells me its average gas mileage. This is specific and measurable – gas mileage is a precise measure. It is achievable – I can alter my driving to try to get better mileage. It’s relevant – gas mileage has an impact on my costs! And it’s time-variant, I can look at gas mileage over a week, or a day, or a month.)

22 Responses to Weekly Question #7: Complete by March 27, 2017

  • Profile photo of Aviva Muskin

    Grade Point Average (GPA) is an example of a KPI for students to see how well they are performing in school. It is specific and measurable, as it is on a 4.0 scale, and each class (depending on the credits) factors into the score. It is achievable, as students can increase or decrease their scores by doing better or worse in class. It is relevant, since having a higher GPA causes the student to have more chances to get a scholarship or job opportunities. And it is time-variant since a student’s GPA will change each time a teacher enters new grades (by semester or class schedule).

  • Profile photo of Phuong Tran

    An example of a KPI is the Virtual Wallet app for PNC which tells me my account balance.
    Specific and Measurable: It tells me the precise amount of money I have in my account
    Achievable: I can deposit more money for a specific goal.
    Relevant: It determines whether or not I can withdraw money and whether or not I should deposit money if there isn’t enough funds.
    Time-variant: I can look at my balance over days, weeks, etc.

  • A thermostat is an example of a KPI, which controls and regulates the temperature in a home, building, or facility. It is specific and measurable because it tells me the specific temperature of the room or area. It is typically precise and sometimes can even tell the outside temperature. It is achievable because depending on a specific person, you can change the temperature to meet a person’s needs. It is relevant because depending on the temperature and how much the heat or air is used it impacts the cost of the monthly bill. And lastly, it is time variant because you can track how much you’ve used the thermostat over a period of time, which can help keep track of costs.

  • My fit bit telling me the number of steps I do in a dap is KPI. Steps are specific and measurable because it is a precise measure of the number of steps I took. It is achievable because I can set my goal for the number of steps I want to take in a day and it will vibrate once I achieve my goal. It’s relevant because number of steps taken in a day can be compared to how active or fit I was that day.

  • Profile photo of Michael Emmett Fitzpatrick

    MyFitnessPal is an app I use to count daily calories.
    Specific purpose – to ensure I meet standard calorie goals for the day
    Measurable – uses exact calories for counting
    Achievable – I have a specific caloric intake goal for the day
    Relevant – it keeps my focused/on track with greater health goals
    Time Phased – it’s a daily process.

  • An example of KPI is the Health App that comes with any iPhone. It has may purposes, such as counting steps, how many flights you climbed, distanced you have walked and much more. If you always have your phone with you, like myself, this is measurable because it is very precise on how many steps I have taken. It is achievable because I know if I have reached my goals in how far and how many steps I have taken. It is relevant because I am always on my phone and can always look and see and because it helps me know if I should walk more or not. I usually check it daily because everyday close to midnight I get a notification on how many steps I have taken so far.

  • A KPI that is incorporated into my lifestyle are the metrics displayed on a treadmill at the gym, specifically distance, time, and calories burned. These are measureable becasue each can be represented as a numeric digit (ex. 0.09 miles traveled, 2:20 minutes of use, and 230 calories burned so far). The metrics are achievable because i can alter my pace to return metics more suitable to my workout plan. The metrics are relevant because distance is directly related to treadmill use since users care to know how far they have ran/jogged/walked to measure exercise milestones and use a uniform measurement for visiting other gyms and using different machines. Lastly, the metrics are time based because health improvements are a daily process and correlate to frequency and severity of exercising.

  • A KPI that I use on a regular basis is the NetPromoter Score at my retail job at the Apple Store. This score is based off a survey sent to customers after they have an interaction with me and helps me to breakdown the quality of the customer experiences I am delivering and how I could improve those delivered experiences. This KPI is specific and measureable because it is based off a series of questions targeted at the performance standard Apple holds me to; but then, these indicators funnel into a single score that measures my experience. This score is also timely because the score updates almost daily, after each customer chooses to fill out a survey. This also gives me time to craft the feedback into improvement. The NetPromoter Score is also relevant because it is based off a survey internationally crafted by Apple to reflect the type of “ideal experience” the company wants me to deliver to customers. And lastly, the score is an achievable KPI because the feedback provided is very specific and actionable and this allows me to achieve an improved delivered customer experience.

  • Profile photo of Qing Fei

    My alarm clockis an example of a KPI. It’s specific and measurable because I can set spcific alarm time, like seven hours later. It is achievable because it rings at designed time points. It’s relevant it determines my sleeping time. It’s time-variant because the alarm time in weekends is later than in weekdays.

  • The checking account is a KPI. It is specific – which displays specific money that I spent, specific date and time, and specific balance left in account. It is achievable – I can access my account anytime and change my consumption habit to save money. And it is time-variant, I can check my account over a week, a day, or a month.

  • Profile photo of Raymond Wu

    An example of a KPI that I use is called sleep cycle. It is specific and measurable because it measures the exact amount of time that I sleep and it wakes you up after you finish cycles of rem sleep. It is achievable because I can choose what time I want to sleep and what an approximate time that I would like to wake up. It is relevant because waking up during rem sleep will make you wake up groggy. And it is time-variant because you it logs the amount of sleep you get.

  • An example of KPI could be a thermostat. You are able to change the temperature of the room to be warmer or cooler based on your own preference or time of the year. And at the end of the month, the bill reflects how you you interacted with the thermostat. You can also adjust how you interact with it by not changing it and instead add layers of clothing or open a window to change the temperature of the room.

  • Profile photo of Sarah Linebaugh

    The pedometer on my phone that I use through the app My Fitness Pal is an example of a KPI to see how many steps I have taken over a period of time. It is specific and measurable because you can set your goal as the standard 10,000 steps or increase it based on how active your lifestyle is. It is achievable because people should walk on average 10,00 steps per day, but a person can increase the amount of walking they are doing to meet their goal. It is relevant because the amount of physical activity a person does can affect their health in a positive or negative manner. It is also time variant because you can look it over daily, weekly, or monthly.

  • Profile photo of Tyler Daniel Steely

    A key performance indicator used by all students is the Grade Point Average. This is a great example of a KPI because he GPA covers all of the SMART criteria:
    Specific- a broad spectrum to valuate an individual’s grades
    Measurable- distinct metrics to approximate one’s grades overall
    Achievable- depicts where you score and clearly defines goals
    Relevant- stays up to date and summarizes your overall grades
    Time Phased- changes every semester

  • Profile photo of Milton Murray

    My phone telling me how much power in the battery I have left is a form of KPI I use on a regular basis. The color and image of the battery icon is specific and measurable. Charging my phone for more battery life would be achievable. Lastly, It’s relevant to how much use I can get out my phone in a specific timeframe.

  • Profile photo of Calloway F Hatcher

    A form of KPI that I use on a regular basis is the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). It has a Specific purpose of averaging a number of stocks and consolidating that into a single amount. The DJIA is measurable, as it is a number that measures the average performance of the top companies in our economy. It is achievable, as the it has a start amount and is measured based off of that each day. It is relevant to the success of our economy, though it is an average so it doesn’t necessarily measure each company, but a multitude of them. It fluctuates exponentially during market operating hours.

  • A bit of a silly one but still applicable is in many video games there’s a “Kill:Death” ratio

    Specific and Measurable – It measures exactly how proportional the difference is between number of enemies killed versus the number of times one’s died.
    Achievable – One can alter play style to affect this ratio.
    Relevant – For only a certain subset of people that play a game it’s relevant to let them know how good of a player they are.
    Time Relevant – One can either keep track of it themselves over the entire course of their time playing the game

  • Profile photo of Phillip D Aaron

    An example of a KPI I use in my daily life is grades in my class. depending on my performance I receive a grade out of 100. I can use that measurement to gauge how well I am performing in a class. This KPI lasts until the end of the class, it is achievable and a measure of success.

  • I manage various social media pages and the obvious KPI’s involved with this are followers, likes and comments. Gaining each of these portrays success in growing popularity and if not, attention.

  • Profile photo of Michael Walsh

    I think a cool KPI to talk about is within the sports industry. Scouts are constantly trying to identify key performance indicators to evaluate players. In basketball for example, metrics like points, assists, rebounds, turnovers, shooting percentages, and minutes are all KPIs to evaluate how well a player is performing.

  • A KPI i use 3 or 4 times a week is the treadmill at the gym. I am trying to burn a specific amount of calories and walk a specific amount of miles. It measures the calories burned and the mileage as well as the time. I set an achievable goal of 250 calories and 1 1/2 miles each time. It is relevant to my goal of being fit. It is time variant, both in the number of times per week and the amount of time I spend on it.

  • Probably the most common KPI we interact with while in college is our GPA. Our grade point average measures our academic performance in class. It is specific because it is specific and measurable as it takes the averages of the grades earned in your class. It is achievable because you can make improvements to your studying habits to improve your GPA. And it is relevant because it measures how well you performed in class and you can compare it against other students GPAs.

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