~ By Duncan Haughey
Once you have planned your project, turn your attention to developing several goals that will enable you to be successful. Goals should be SMART - specific, measurable, agreed upon, realistic and time-based.
A goal might be to hold a weekly project meeting with the key members of your team or to organise and run a continuous test programme throughout the project.
The acronym SMART has several slightly different variations, which can be used to provide a more comprehensive definition of goal setting:
S - specific, significant, stretching
M - measurable, meaningful, motivational
A - agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented
R - realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented
T - time-based, time-bound, timely, tangible, trackable
This broader definition will help you to be successful in both your business and personal life.
When you next run a project take a moment to consider whether your goals are SMART goals.
To quote renowned American philosopher and writer Elbert Hubbard:
Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage, but simply because they have never organised their energies around a goal.Elbert Hubbard
Download our free SMARTER Goals template
I’ve just read people questioning the usage of the phrase time-bound. While broadly in agreement with their sentiments it is important to understand that one of the primary definitions of a project is that it should have a start and end date. There should be a clear time frame whereby a project is undertaken otherwise it becomes business as usual, so the theory of being time constrained or time bound is right. I would suggest the phraseology is a little wrong otherwise the sentiment is correct in my opinion.
If you're looking for guidance to help you manage your project with added confidence, then this article will help you.
Most managers of software development projects have had an encounter with a resource who is committed to their project some percentage of the time.
PRINCE2 is one of the most widely used project management methodologies available. If you're looking to run successful projects, then PRINCE2 is an excellent choice.
Help avoid the great 'Rinse and Repeat Trap' by following these 10 steps to setting successful goals. You may have to work for it, however!
PROJECT SMART is the project management resource that helps managers at all levels improve their performance. We provide an important knowledge base for those involved in managing projects of all kinds. With weekly exclusive updates, we keep you in touch with the latest project management thinking.
WE ARE CONNECTED ~ Follow us on social media to get regular updates and opinion on what's happening in the world of project management.
General Project Management • Re: What content to include in a status report? https://t.co/oJhRQ9lQaJ about 2 days ago
General Project Management • What content to include in a status report? https://t.co/dywoExLkXG about 3 days ago