Life's Better Ideas

Occasional links to, and comments on, ideas that I think will make this a better world, and remarks about things that need fixing, too.

Location: Denver, Colorado, United States

Monday, December 12, 2005


Well, Well, Well. Maybe the Democrats will do something intelligent in the Colorado Legislature this year. Rep. Bernie Buescher (D Grand Junction) is pushing to introduce "metrics" into the budgeting process, according to a Denver Post story in today's paper.

I spent about 8 years back in the 80's and 90's writing budgeting software for Boulder Community Hospital that was heavy on budgeting by units of service. Every department measured both costs and revenues by how much each metric produced. Some departments used FTE's (full time equivalent people), some used operations performed or services delivered, some used square footage, and so forth. It worked very well in holding down costs. You can use the same technique to reduce errors, too. When you see your cost per service delivered drop 5 percent, you can give yourself a pat on the back. Might get a raise, too.

I hope Bernie is successful in this endeavour.


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