As 2014 draws to a close, I’ve been reflecting on the year and finishing up my planning for 2015. I started thinking about how we could all better measure our alignment with business goals.

 

I struck up a conversation with Karen Lopez datachick and we both agreed that scorecards seem to be all the rage these days. We are inundated with widgets, KPIs, and dashboards. With each passing day we have access to more data, which means we need to continue building ways to interpret that data.

 

But what we don't see happening enough these days is some good old-fashioned introspection, specifically with regards to our careers as data professionals. All of the data that we can collect and yet we continue to overlook the pieces that are most critical.

 

Let's change that. I want to build a scorecard that we can use as a way to evaluate ourselves and our teams.

 

Looking at the traditional IT Balanced Scorecard we find four areas defined:

  1. Corporate contribution
  2. Customer (User) orientation
  3. Operational excellence
  4. Future orientation

 

I believe we can find the right questions and measurements for a balanced scorecard for a DBA. For example, one question for future orientation might be "how often are you learning new things?"


What questions would you want to include in such a scorecard? How would you want to build out the right measures? For example, should the measure be based upon observations or perhaps a peer review?


Leave your thoughts in the comments.