The relationships between metrics. Metrics are almost always interdependent.
A leading metric is a metric that when changed results in a change of another metric.
A lagging metric is a metric that changes because of changes to other metrics in the past.
Example: Losing weight.
Weight is a lagging metric, if you want to change it, you have to make changes in other (leading) metrics:
- calories consumed over a period of time.
- calories burned over the same period of time.
It’s important to identify the relationship between your metrics and monitor all of them to get a more realistic idea of what’s going on.
Always find and track your leading metrics.
Keep in mind, it’s not always obvious how the relationships between metrics work, but that’s fine :)