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How to be SMART

In Uncategorized on December 4, 2009 at 8:25 pm

One of the common issues managers encounter is getting people to do something. Not everyone shares the same passion as you or has the same priorities as you do for a given task. Yet, you are dependent on them to get the job done. So, how do you go about generating results? Be SMART.

SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time bound.

  • Specificity allows you to identify Who, What, When, Why, etc for your goal.
  • Measurable enables you to know what your starting point is and what your ending point is so that you can track progress.
  • Attainable enables you to identify the skill-set needed for the job.
  • Being Realistic ensures that the goal can be accomplished.
  • Time bound ensures that everyone knows when the work is due.

Once a coworker found himself in a situation where he did not deliver on time because he did not know that the work was due that day. The customer was unhappy and escalated the situation. This scenario can be avoided when someone gives you a task. Just ask them to be SMART. You will know exactly what is due & by when. Follow the same principles when you expect something from someone.

You may also be interested in the article about objectives.

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  3. Priya,

    I’ve published a series on SMART Requirements discussing each point (Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Achievable, Realistic, and Time Bound) in detail.

    Hope you’ll get the chance and take a look!

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