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The Tyranny of Metrics

Jerry Z. Muller

How the obsession with quantifying human performance threatens our schools, medical care, businesses, and governmentToday, organizations of all kinds are ruled by the belief that the path to success is quantifying human performance, publicizing the results, and dividing up the rewards based on the numbers. But in our zeal to instill the evaluation ...
Publish Date
2018
February 6
First Published in 2017
Goodreads rating
3.7
ISBN
9780691174952
Recommendations
4
Recommendations
Dec 02, 2020
@ShahinKhan @MarkMFallon @bwatwood @pptsapper Mostly same-same. Read Jerry Muller’s The Tyranny of Metrics. Excellent book.      source
Apr 21, 2018
An 11h flight can be fun. I read the exciting book by historian Jerry Muller, which deals w/ 'The Tyranny of Metrics' & unintended consequences of incentives based on ever-increasing metric madness. Everyone should at least hear EconTalk Episode w/Muller.      source
Sep 28, 2018
A student recommended this book by @jerryzmuller which I liked a lot. It has some great examples on perverse incentives resulting in unintended consequences from measuring stuff and making the data public.      source
Sep 16, 2020
4/ I am a mathematically inclined software engineer and metrics are great for widgets. Metrics try to reduce people to widgets. That's why metrics don't work long term for people. Here is a great book that details the case against metrics for people:      source