Measurement wisdoms.

by Ellen Girod


Today I’ve found a great quote for the introductory part. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” -Peter Drucker
Despite of googles sternly linking this quote to Peter F. Drucker, i could find out, that this famous “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” quote first came up in 1996, in the book ‘The Balanced Scorecard’ by Robert Kaplan and David Norton:


More good quotes for my thesis:

“No index can be better than the data it uses. But this is an argument for improving the data, not abandoning the index.” (UN, 1992).

And as for relevance of measurement as follows:

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” -Peter Drucker
„Was du nicht messen kannst, kannst du nicht lenken.“ -Peter Drucker
“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.”-Greg Thurman
“What you do not measure , you cannot control .” -Tom Peters
“What gets measured , gets done .” – Tom Peters
If you can measure that of which you speak and can express it by a number, you know something of your subject; but if you cannot measure it, your knowledge is meager and unsatisfactory.” -Lord Kelvin
When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely in your thoughts advanced to the state of Science, whatever the matter may be. -Lord Kelvin