Tip

For anyone who has not attended a Goal Setting 101 course, let's do a quick review of SMART goals.

Actually, I've seen two different definitions of SMART goals, and they both apply:

Definition #1SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Rewarding, and Time-based.

Definition #2SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Agreed-To, Realistic, and Time-based.

Perhaps, the acronym should be SMAARRT. For projects, the second definition is more important due to the "Agreed-To" element.

• Is there a clear picture of the desired results of this project?

• Is there a clear picture of how this project fits within the organizational landscape?

• Do you understand who is funding the project initiative?

• Is there a gap between available and needed funds?

• Is the gap between the current state and the desired future state clearly documented and understood?

• Has the expected "change impact" on existing business processes, customers, systems and staff been clearly documented?

• Have the success factors been identified? Are they complete? Are they SMART?

• Have any future state performance targets been defined as success factors? Are they SMART?

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