Degrees of implementation (DoI) represent a special type of project milestone. They illustrate how close planned effects (e.g. planned savings) are to implementation.
What are the degrees of hardness?
There are various systems used. One of the most common is a five-stage version.
DoI 1: Define the idea for measures or planned savings.
→ Waiting for release
DoI 2: released for conversion
→ Estimation of expected savings
DoI 3: concrete activities defined to implement the measure
→ In implementation
DoI 4: Measure implemented
→ Savings can now be quantified
DoI 5: Documents posted
→ Savings arrived in the profit and loss reporting
Using effects to harness DoIs
Falcon does not yet have its own functionality for degrees of hardness. However, the system can also be mapped so well. You can use the effects to do this:
- Create a new line in the effects and name it e.g. Hardness Grade
- In the Unit column, choose the Quantity option.
- Assign a unit HG in the Suffix column.
- In the Period column, choose Current Period.
- In the Vertical column, choose Average
You have now created a row in which you can plan over time when which DoI should be reached. You can, of course, enter in the actual columns whether the DoI has also been reached.
Calculating with DoI
The great thing about it is that you can now also use the DoI lines in subsequent calculations. For example, you could relativize the measured effects.
If, for example, you want the savings effects to be based on a percentage of the DoI, you could create a new effect line and enter #Savings* (1/# degree of hardness) in the calculation column.