11 Project Metrics for Tracking Team Performance


“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.” - Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle


The road to success is paved with data-driven decisions. Managers rely on metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) to guide their teams, improve efficiency, and prove results to stakeholders. Let's explore some key project metrics that enhance team productivity and ensure the smooth progress of your projects.


Track Project Progress in Real-Time


Too often, people make decisions long after a project is over instead of pivoting in the moment to prevent foreseeable problems. Here are some project management metrics to consider to keep your projects on track:


Planned Value: Provides a snapshot of the project's planned worth, indicating its expected value at a specific point in time. Start with a plan, so you have something to track your progress against.


Planned Value = Planned % of Project Completed x Planned Budget


Earned Value: Quantifies the project's actual progress, showcasing the value of work accomplished.


Earned Value = Actual % of Project Completed x Planned Budget


Actual Cost: Reveals the real cost incurred during a project's execution by adding up all costs that went into completing the project. 


Actual Cost = Sum of all costs related to the project


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With Forecast you can generate a Project Portfolio Report to access real-time project performance tracking and updates. Export the report at any time to keep the whole team up-to-date.


Resource Performance Metrics


Monitoring your team's performance is crucial when you're looking to optimize your process and improve team productivity. Keeping an eye on resource performance metrics allows you to measure the efficiency of your team. You then have the data to help improve your processes and produce more successful projects. Here are a few metrics to keep track of.


Total Utilization: Gauges the overall usage of resources including manpower, money, and equipment.


Total Utilization (%) = (Total Resources Used / Total Available Resources) x 100


Billable Utilization: Measures the proportion of resources used specifically for billable tasks.


Billable Utilization (%) = (Billable Resources Used / Total Resources Used) x 100


Task Duration: Tracks the average time taken to complete individual project tasks.


Task Duration = Amount of Time Spent on Tasks / Total Number of Tasks Completed


Resource Utilization Rate: Evaluates how efficiently resources are being utilized.


Resource Utilization Rate (%) = (Actual Resource Output / Potential Resource Output) x 100


These measurements provide valuable insights for project managers helping them optimize resource allocation and project performance as well as making it easier to communicate project progress and success with their teams.




Forecast has various reports that are invaluable for tracking your resource performance. Calculate your team's utilization, monitor time tracking and visualize active tasks within your organization to monitor and increase team productivity.


Process Performance Metrics


To optimize your project processes effectively, begin by employing process performance metrics. These metrics shed light on various aspects of your processes, helping you pinpoint opportunities for process optimizations. You can unlock the full potential of your projects by choosing the right metrics and KPIs tailored to your specific goals. 


Here are some key process performance metrics and how to measure them.


Defect Density: Quantifies the average rate of defects or errors in project deliverables. To calculate it, you'll divide the overall amount of flaws or mistakes found within a particular timeframe by the total number of completed outputs during that same period.


Defect Density = Overall Amount of Mistakes / Total Number of Completed Outputs During the Same Period


It's not enough to complete tasks; they must be executed well. Defect density is a critical process performance metric that sheds light on the quality of your deliverables.


A high defect density not only affects the quality of your deliverables but can also lead to delays, increased costs, and unsatisfied clients. On the flip side, a low defect density signifies that your project is producing high-quality work.


By tracking defect density, you can identify areas in your project processes where errors frequently occur. This enables you to take corrective actions, implement better quality control measures, and enhance the overall quality of your project deliverables.


Error Recurrence Rate: Identifies recurring problems that impact project quality and efficiency. It is the number of times a specific error or issue reoccurs after being resolved.


Fixing errors is one thing, but preventing them from resurfacing is another challenge altogether. Error recurrence rate is a valuable process performance metric that addresses this issue.


A high error recurrence rate is a red flag. It indicates that your project processes are not effectively addressing and correcting underlying issues. These persistent errors can disrupt project flow, consume resources, and erode client satisfaction.


Reducing the error recurrence rate is essential for efficient project management. It involves fixing errors when they occur, investigating their root causes, and implementing preventive measures. By breaking the cycle of recurring errors, you can streamline your project processes, save time and resources, and enhance overall project quality.


Client Satisfaction: Provides insight into stakeholder and end-user satisfaction levels with project deliverables. Measuring client satisfaction involves gathering feedback from your clients about their experience with your product. 


While internal metrics are crucial, project success ultimately hinges on client satisfaction. This feedback could include various aspects like communication, timeliness, quality of deliverables, and overall project experience. Client satisfaction surveys and interviews are common methods for collecting this valuable data.


Client Retention Rate: Measures the percentage of clients who choose to continue working with your organization after the completion of a project. This metric is closely related to client satisfaction but focuses on the long-term aspect of your client relationships.


You can track the number of clients who stay on after a project, or to figure out the percentage you can use the following formula:


Client Retention Rate = [(Number of Clients at the End of a Period - Number of New Clients Acquired During the Period) / Number of Clients at the Start of a Period] x 100


Strategy for Implementing Metrics


After collecting and analyzing all these metrics, there are some strategies to consider:


  1. Set goals. Clear and measurable objectives not only motivate employees but also serve as a foundation for tracking operational metrics effectively.
  2. Integrate metrics into daily operations and tasks. To ensure that operational metrics take center stage, they should be woven into the fabric of daily work.
  3. Regularly review the relevance and effectiveness of the metrics. As your business and projects evolve, you may find different metrics more useful. Periodically reassessing the operational metrics you track ensures they remain fresh, relevant, and genuinely impactful in driving your business's success.
  4. Implement training for your team on metric tracking tools and systems. Operational metric tracking is typically a collaborative effort, requiring the participation of your entire project team. Training your team to use project management tools is crucial in enabling them to contribute effectively. Platforms like Forecast simplify this process, making it more accessible to the entire team.

Forecast's project management software assists with the above strategies by creating real-time reports and making metrics accessible and trackable. That way you can keep your entire team up-to-date and deliver your most profitable projects.

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