When defining metrics you can use the metric type to determine the type of values the metric must show. These values are shown in the charts that are used to present the results. When defining the metric type, you can use one of the predefined types. But you can also define your own type.
Available predefined metric types
The following predefined metric types are available:
Low to high (3 values)
low, medium, high (enumeration)
Low to high (5 values)
very low, low, medium, high, very high (enumeration)
Probability (5 values)
very unlikely, unlikely, moderate, likely, very likely (enumeration)
Impact (5 values)
insignificant, minor, moderate, major, extreme (enumeration)
Normalized (3 values)
1, 2, 3 (enumeration)
Normalized (5 values)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (enumeration)
Normalized (10 values)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (enumeration)
Defining your own metric type
To define your own metric type, choose the metric type Custom in the metric's properties window. Next, the box Metric values appears in which you can type the possible values.
Type the values one after another, separated by commas. For example: poor, adequate, good.
Allowed metric types per chart type
All available chart types except for the line chart allow all of the above metric types to be used for setting the dimension(s) in a chart. The line chart only allows metrics of type List, containing numerical values. If another type of metric is selected, a message will appear saying that the metric type is not allowed. Usually, lists can be realized when using a script for creating the chart.