1) Start with a verb
2) SMART goal
This is the Pattern: Verb + SMART Goal
Personal example … this is applicable to SAFe as well:
Lose 5 pounds in one month
Let’s dissect it…
Objective starts with a verb : Lose
Followed by a SMART goal … Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time bound.
Specific: Yup … by just reading it, I know immediately as to what the desired outcome is. The goal is clear, concise, compelling, consistent and one can commit to.
Measurable : 5 Pounds lost weight.
Achievable : yes, within control.
Realistic : yup … a doable plan exists… not a pie-in-the-sky kind-of-thing.
Tip: replace ‘Realistic’ with ‘Relevant’; much more appropriate and powerful. ‘Realistic’ is almost a duplicate of ‘Achievable’. In fact, a lot great things were first not ‘Realistic’ ! Is it relevant to you and to mankind … much better… makes you get off bed and go to work on that goal!
Time bound : achieved in one month.
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