Project Management For Dummies
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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__.")

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Jonathan L. Portny, MBA, PMP®, has more than 15 years of experience in the field of project management and is a certified Project Management Professional. His father, Stanley E. Portny, PMP®, was an internationally recognized expert in project management and the author of all previous editions of Project Management for Dummies.

Jonathan L. Portny, MBA, PMP®, has more than 15 years of experience in the field of project management and is a certified Project Management Professional. His father, Stanley E. Portny, PMP®, was an internationally recognized expert in project management and the author of all previous editions of Project Management for Dummies.

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