072213 Understanding Acumen Fuse Scoring Methods


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072213 Understanding Acumen Fuse Scoring Methods

  1. 1. UNDERSTANDING ACUMEN FUSE SCORE Rufran C. Frago, P. Eng., PMP®, CCEC, PMI-RMP® Revision 1: July 22, 2013
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  3. 3. The Project Controls Governance is looking to finalize the Acumen Fuse score weightings and calculation going forward. The projects would like to fully understand how the scores are to be calculated. The manual metric calculation uses a simple calculation of 1-point per metric on a standard metric set consisting of 21 metrics. See Figure 1 3 Given Situation Figure 1
  4. 4. We were expecting a straight forward calculation that if we have 15 greens out of 21, we'll have a result of (15/21)*100% or 71%. Green means pass, Red means fail. Nothing in between. Our passing score is set to 70% and up. We cannot set this same weighting in Acumen Fuse. This manual setting is not possible in Acumen Fuse. 4 Given Situation
  5. 5. During the last Gate Review, we found another thing that caught our attention. We found that regardless of how much improvement was done to improve the quality of the schedule; the score did not change much. Let say we improved the number of green metric from 15 to 19. The score remained below 70%, say 66% or 63%. When certain metrics were removed from the 21 and make the whole set consist of only 15, the score more or less remained the same. 5 Given Situation … (continuation)
  6. 6. 1) Activity-Based scoring requires that a task passes all metrics in order to receive credit in the score. The scoring method counts the number of tasks that pass all metrics, divided by the number of total tasks, times one-hundred percent. 2) By using Metric-Based scoring, an activity can receive “partial credit.” These are the only two type of scoring options available in Acumen Fuse. Selecting either activity based or metric based scoring has a critical influence on the scoring outcome. 6 Metric-Based Score or Activity-Based Score? Which one is better? 1)
  7. 7. By default in Acumen Fuse, activity-based scoring is used. 7 Activity-Based Scoring
  8. 8. Activity-based scoring computes the final score by requiring an activity to pass all metrics visible in the ribbon view in order to count positively toward the overall score. In other words, activity-based scoring uses a pass/fail method which calculates the number of activities passing each metric and the number of activities failing each metric to determine the overall score. Only those tasks that pass all criteria will have a positive influence on the overall score when activity based scoring is used. By correcting the issues associated with the activity, the individual activity score is improved as well as the overall project score. 8 Activity-Based Scoring 3)
  9. 9. A task must be improved in all red areas and score should be 100% in order to influence the overall score positively. See Figure-2 In activity-based scoring, any degree of ‘Bad’ will prevent the activity from having a positive impact on the overall score. Conversely, when a metric is rated as ‘Good’ and a certain task fails to meet the criteria for the metric, it will not count toward the score. 9 Activity-Based Scoring 3) … (continuation)
  10. 10. 10 Activity-Based Scoring… (continuation) Figure 2
  11. 11. Metric-based scoring allows tasks to receive ‘partial credit’ toward the overall score. 3)  Score is a lot higher than Activity-Based scoring. 3) 11 Metric-Based Scoring… (continuation) Figure 3
  12. 12. Tasks receive credit based on how many of the metrics they have passed and the weighting values assigned to each of those metrics. Figure 3 shows an example using metric-based scoring rather than activity based. Under the metric-based scoring system the project receives a score of 94%, significantly higher than the 55% score the project received using activity based scoring. This higher score is because in metric-based scoring, each task’s individual score counts toward the total. The score values from individual tasks are averaged to create the overall score rather than just the pass/fail status of each activity. Effectively, each task now receives partial credit toward the goal of 100%. 12 Metric-Based Scoring 3) … (continuation)
  14. 14. Tom Polen of Acumen Fuse has created a video and written a guide that reviews the scoring process in more detail. Watch the video (follow hyperlink below): Guide to Acumen Fuse Scoring Video Read the written guide (follow hyperlink below): Written Guide on Scores - Download 14 Video Guide-Acumen Fuse Scores 1)
  15. 15. 1. If for example, there are two metrics out of the 21 metrics identified are still unavailable and I de- activate the two metrics from the S2//Diagnostic Window, will they still be counted to contribute to the Overall score? 2. If so, what should I do to remove their contribution to the score without removing them from the set of metrics altogether? Answer to Question 1 and 2. If the metrics are de-activated from the Ribbon View in the S2//Diagnostics window, they will not contribute to the score. We can leave them in the metrics folder in the Metrics tab without adjusting their weighting pointer. 15 Questions
  16. 16. 16 1) 2013, Guide to Acumen Fuse Scores by Tom Polen of Acumen Fuse. 2) 2013, Written Guide on Scores - Download , Acumen Fuse Web Site 3) October 2012, Project Scoring in Acumen Fuse by Acumen References & Additional Materials
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