by CIO Staff

Balanced Scorecard

Jul 20, 20072 mins
Project Management Tools

As a value indicator, the Balanced Scorecard method links business strategy with financial performance. In this case, the traditional metric of financial performance is balanced by three more fluid activities: customer relationships, operational excellence and the organization’s ability to learn and improve.

Because the Balanced Scorecard requires every action to answer to established corporate goals, using the Scorecard within IT can help promote alignment and eliminate projects that contribute little or no strategic value. Here’s more on what you need to know about the Balanced Scorecard.

Case Study: Why You Keep Score

BNSF Railway uses the Balanced Scorecard to prove IT’s value and to create synergy with business strategy

How to Use the Balanced Scorecard

Developed in the early 1990s, this valuation methodology converts an organization’s value drivers-such as customer service, innovation, operational efficiency and financial performance-to a series of defined metrics. Companies record and analyze these metrics to help determine if they’re achieving strategic goals. Nevertheless, installing the Balanced Scorecard within IT is a challenge.

Three Questions with Robert Kaplan

CIO catches up with Robert S. Kaplan, Marvin Bower professor of leadership development at Harvard Business School and the co-creator of the Balanced Scorecard, to hear his thoughts on the state of the Scorecard.

Balancing Scorecards With Reality

The Balanced Scorecard is useful because it is grounded in reality. We can’t have it all; trade-offs are inevitable among financial contribution, customer focus, operational excellence and organization maturity-the four dimensions of the Balanced Scorecard. However, it’s important to distinguish between the Balanced Scorecard and the role of operational measurements.

ABC: An Introduction to Balanced Scorecard

Most organizations can benefit from a balanced scorecard approach, which can raise the profile of key projects, increase functionality, and predict future performance—and it often leads to greater financial return.