Two Keys To Writing PI Objectives

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.

There are many other ideas like this — short but sweet ideas — are found in over 60 topics in my new book, ‘SAFe (6.0) Is like …’ … available on Amazon… it has reached ‘# 1 New Release’ several times! Check it out.

By Clarence Galapon

CE, MBA, Lean Agile Coach, Trainer, Teacher, SPC, RTE, PSM, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, PMP, CC, ABNLP NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, NLP Coach, NLP Trainer, Practical Psychologist, Life Coach, Software Executive, Entrepreneur, Author, Investor, and Innovator with a Creative, Lean, Agile, and Wander mindset.

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