@dreev and I had an off-forum conversation in which I mostly said false things and then came to false conclusions from the starting point of those false things, but in all of that, I think there are a couple that I’m still inclined towards.
The first is that it strikes me as weird that the following two people have the same score:
She does 10 things on time, as per her commitment. She also committed to do one other thing that she is now 6 months late on. It wasn’t a wise thing to commit to as it was partly out of her control. Since she’s 6 months late, though, that’s an 11.9%. Her score is 91.991%.
Has literally never effing done a thing she has said she would do on time in her life. And she doesn’t ever really intend to when she makes the “commitment”. She gets around to things when she gets around to them. The last 11 things she did (the things tracked so far) were just under 5 days late. She also has a 91.991% score.
Something about these two people having the same score doesn’t seem quite right. Though, it seems incredibly difficult to weigh timeliness against percentage of tasks completed in an overall score. (And, if you polled every human being on the planet, I suspect no two would agree on precisely how to weigh being on time against just getting the thing done in a timely manner even if late, so the numbers are bound to need to be arbitrary no matter what.)
There was talk about maybe there eventually being other stats that people could check up on to see what’s generating the score, which might eventually make that irrelevant. And anyway,
I like the idea of extra stats that you can click on to get an idea of your follow-through profile, and here are some that I’m throwing out there:
an “on time” score, a “better late than never ¯\_(ツ)_/¯” score, and a “flake” score where…
- the “on time” score is the percentage of tasks that are past the deadline that were completed at or before t* he deadline,
- the “better late than never score ¯\_(ツ)_/¯” is a score that evaluates how late you tend to be when you’re late and complete the task, and
- the “flake” score is the percentage of tasks that haven’t been completed but are past due.
Then, on top of the 91.991% score each of the above people would have, they would also have the following set of scores:
A: On time: 90.9% ---- ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: 0.0% -------- Flake: 9.1%
B: On time: 0.0% ----- ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: 91.991% ---- Flake: 0%
From that, we can tell that the first person almost always gets things done on time, but hasn’t tended to complete things once they get late. (At least they haven’t yet… but they could drop that score by finishing those things they haven’t done yet.) We can also tell that the second person will totally not be on time with what they say they’ll do, but they’re very likely to get it done fairly soon after the deadline and not to simply fail to do it.
I think those’d be cool stats to have!