Project DICE Scores-What Are They?

Posted by Heather Barto on August 17th, 2018

Greetings Fellow Process Improvement Engineers!

Today we spend some time on a model used in change management practices.  Lean facilitators have a keen perspective for change management and often times know the “secret recipe” for successful project implementation. Change management is a complex component of process improvement. How do you know if a team is ready for change? How do you know this from a data perspective?

Have you heard of the term DICE used for project management readiness scoring? It may be a useful and applicable tool for process improvement projects.

DICE stands for:

Duration is the length of a project. How long is the project or what is the span in between projects?

Integrity refers to delivering on time. Does a team possess the necessary skills to complete the project on time?

Commitment explains how committed are executive leadership to lead and support a change. Employees are also scored on this scale. Because there are two different scores, this adds objectivity to the calculation.

Effort is defined as the actual work required above and beyond the employee’s current tasks. What is the level of effort required to complete a project?

 

Each of the four components are broken down into a scoring system of 1-4 and computed into the following mathematical formula

= D +(2 x I) + (2  x C1) + C2 + E

The scoring of DICE categories is staged in 3 zones:

Win Zone: Scoring of 7-14 have a high confidence of being successful.

Worry Zone: Scoring of 14-17 have risk associated with the project and require attention right away.

Woe Zone: Scoring of 17 and over have a high level of risk, need decisions to be made ASAP in order to save the project.

 

With any Lean process improvement project, we must explore and expand our personal tool boxes. The DICE method may offer an objective way to evaluate a project team’s change investment and level of readiness.

We’d love to hear if you have used this method and how it worked.

References: https://explore.easyprojects.net/blog/project-management-101-dice-framework

https://hbr.org/2015/07/a-way-to-assess-and-prioritize-your-change-efforts

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