Using The SMART Objectives

Project Managers have to deal with 5 most common challenges in the workplace.

These challenges are poorly defined objectives, not enough resources, personality clashes, poor communication, and scope creep.

Project Managers use something called the SMART Objective. It stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timed.

Firstly, to not have poorly defined objectives, you have to know what the result of your objective is. This is the Specific of the SMART Objective. This is the “S” part. This is the first part and the start of the project as a whole. You got to have this part down to know what it is that you and your team want to achieve.

To avoid not having enough resources, make sure to not set objectives that require too many resources that are unavailable. Make sure things are realistic to achieve. This is the “R” part. This is the Realistic of the SMART Objective. Make sure things are possible.

To avoid having personality clashes, measure strengths and weaknesses of team members. Personality clashes can lead to stalled projects. Each member has something that they are good at and can contribute to the team and project as a whole. Members need to be in the area they can work in best. This is the Measurable of the SMART Objective. This is the “M” part.

Poor Communication leads to not getting a project done in time. Every project needs a target date. It’s important for team members to be clear and communicate with one another. Also, the project manager is the focal point of communication in a project. Good communication leads to efficient working, good morale, and project success. This is the Timed of the SMART Objective. This is the “T” part. Communicating in a timely fashion gets the project done on time.

To avoid scope creep, avoid things and situations that will push you and your team further away from achieving the goal. Scope creep is harmful. In project management, this refers to changes and continuous or uncontrolled growth after the project begins. Things can become out of control in this way when the scope of a project is not properly defined, documented, or controlled. To avoid this, vision your Achievement and focus on it. This is the Achievable of the SMART Objective. This is the “A” part.

I can apply SMART Objectives day to day by using this method.