Saturday, December 12, 2009

The BIMBIC Ratio Management KPI

As a manager, a KPI (key performance indicator) that I measure for myself is called the BIMBIC ratio. The is a ratio of the time spent with Butt in Meetings / Butt in Chair (my chair, at my desk). If this ratio is many times greater than one, and it's likely for most managers that it is, then that may mean several things, but BIMBIC focuses on just one: how available is the manager for people to stop by and consult with him. That's it. If you have a very high BIMBIC, it means you are very unavailable to talk to, to chat with, to shoot the breeze with, to serve as a sounding board, to lend your knowledge and experience and vision to hash stuff out, to answer critical questions, to serve as a shoulder to lean on, or to see what the heck goes on around your desk on a typical day anyway. How's BIMBIC measured? Well, to date, for me, it's been an approximation to be sure, although I do envision a pressure switch in my chair interfaced with my calendar in Outlook. I mention this now because it's possible that my BIMBIC today was somewhere below two, for once, which is pretty rare. Many days BIC, the denominator, is 0, which is as ugly managerially as it is mathematically.

By extension, the Posterior Locality Monitoring System (PLMS) monitors where your butt currently is as compared to where you planned or hoped it to be. For example, if you were stuck in front of your computer during a time that you really planned on riding one of your bikes, then the PLMS should alert you to get off your butt. Over time, the PLMS would track your BIPBOBS ratio (Butt in Irrelevant Places divided by Butt On Bike Seat), and smack you upside the head whenever BOBS stayed at 0. Come on people, BIMBIC needs to be as low as possible, and BIPBOBS needs to be less than one. Get up. Go ride.

1 comment:

  1. You might be interested to know that the first mathematical exposition of the BIMBIC ratio was by Johann Zugzwang, a student of Leibniz, in 1703.

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