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Explaining the concept of vanity metrics to a teenage son with Kanban

Thursday, May 2nd, 2024 by

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”
Winston Churchill


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“This is your throughput this week Son, what’s gone wrong?”

“Nothing Dad, I just didn’t feel like doing anything.”

“Ok, but what if no one here felt like doing anything….”

“No idea…”

“Come on, don’t fool me around, you know the whole housesold would collapse”

“Don’t think so, Mom and you would fix it.”

“Nope, I mean if NO ONE here felt like doing anything, including Mom and me….”

“You can shift some of last weeks’ cards to this week, can’t you? So my through…how-do-you-call-it would be ok for this week as well, score done!”

“It’ not about a making a score, Son, it’s about doing something to collaborate with the community you live in. That’s the objective.”

“Isn’t it about the score…”

“No it isn’t. Just making the score is called ‘vanity metric’.”

“I am not vain.”

“I’m not saying you are vain, I’m saying that focusing on the score, and not on the underlying event measured by the score, ends up being a vanity metric.”

“Again your nerdish kanban thing, Dad….”

“Yes of course, Son, but let’s go back to the point: are you going to do something for the community this week, or not?”

“If I should….”

“Yes please.”

This conversation and the characters represented in it are purely fictional for the sake of explaining some Kanban Method to the folks

I originally posted this article on LinkedIn on May 2nd, 2024

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