Online Test Banks
Score higher
See Online Test Banks
eLearning
Learning anything is easy
Browse Online Courses
Mobile Apps
Learning on the go
Explore Mobile Apps
Dummies Store
Shop for books and more
Start Shopping

Project Management Tips for Developing Meaningful Project Objectives

Part of the Project Management For Dummies Cheat Sheet

As a project manager, developing concise and unambiguous project objectives (or statements of your project's desired results) increases the chances that you'll successfully accomplish them. Follow these pointers to ensure your project objectives are crystal clear:

  • Focus on outcomes rather than activities. (For example, "produce a final, approved report" is preferable to "read and review draft report.")

  • Make sure your objectives are SMART (specific, measurable, aggressive, realistic, and time-sensitive).

  • Use clear language — no technical jargon or acronyms.

  • Make sure every objective has at least one measure and every measure has at least one performance target. (For example, if the narrative statement of your objective is "to develop a new product," one measure would be "target completion date" and the performance target for that measure would be "August 15, 20__.")

  • Add a Comment
  • Print
  • Share
blog comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement

Inside Dummies.com

Dummies.com Sweepstakes

Win $500. Easy.