Understand the essentials of SMART criteria (also known as SMART goals, SMART objectives and the SMARTER method) in just 50 minutes with this practical and concise book. SMART criteria are a simple yet valuable tool in project management: they can be used to clearly define objectives and key performance indicators (KPIs), and to encourage the accomplishment of concrete results.
This book will provide you with a handy introduction to the five key dimensions of SMART criteria, namely specific, measurable, assignable, realistic and time-bound, and provide straightforward advice to implement them in your project. It also features a thorough discussion of multiple case studies, an outline of the advantages and drawbacks of the approach, and an introduction to related tools, including Brendon Burchard’s DUMB model.
About SMART criteria
Thanks to the SMART acronym, users of this approach can keep in mind the essential criteria for setting precise, realistic objectives. The tool was initially used in management and product management, but its simplicity and effectiveness mean that it soon spread to domains such as human resources and personal development. It is a highly versatile concept, and can be used in both personal goal-setting and the planning of group projects.
In this book, you will discover how SMART criteria can help you set and accomplish concrete objectives, understand the role that the right goals play in evaluating performance, and plan new projects and tasks effectively. A clear explanation of the benefits and potential drawbacks of the method, a discussion of practical case studies, and a concise introduction to related models will give you the tools you need to tailor your approach to your situation.
This straightforward and accessible 32-page book is structured as follows:
- Introduction to SMART criteria
- SMART criteria
- Practical application of SMART criteria
- Advice and best practices
- Case studies
- Limitations and extensions of SMART criteria
- Limitations and criticisms
- Related models and extensions
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