Learn how to define the goals for your project in terms that are appropriate for your stakeholders.
- Great leaders understand…that people can only be successful if they have good goals.…Even Aristotle who gave this advice,…"first, have a definite, clear, practical ideal,…"a goal, an objective.…"Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends,…"wisdom, money, materials and methods.…"Third, adjust all your means to that end."…Every project needs to have a clearly defined set of goals…and in this video, we'll talk about a simple system…for creating effective goals for your projects.…
My favorite approach to creating project goals…comes from an article by George Doran…in the November 1981 issue of Management Review.…He introduced the idea of using SMART goals.…A SMART goal meets five critical tests.…It's specific, measurable, assignable,…realistic and time-related.…To start with, a goal must be specific.…People need to understand and agree…on exactly what you're trying to accomplish.…
Depending on the project or the stage in your project,…they may not agree on how it will get done…but the goal does need to make clear what should be done.…
Instructor Daniel Stanton begins the course by reviewing the key skills highlighted in the Project Management Institute (PMI) Talent Triangle, and explaining how strategy and business management fit into your professional development. Next, he explains how to align your project with the priorities of your organization, and effectively communicate the goals, benefits, and risks of your project to your stakeholders. Then, he walks through the different business functions in an organization, including marketing and sales, supply chain management, human resources, and information technology. To wrap up, Daniel explains how to leverage your business acumen to collaborate effectively with individuals throughout your organization.
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- Identify the role of business acumen in the PMI Talent Triangle.
- Recognize that projects are how businesses implement changes.
- Explore the characteristics of a SMART goal.
- List several business benefits of good customer service.
- Identify common financial documents.
- Review common financial analysis methods.
- Recall the three common approaches to continuous process improvement.
- Identify the differences between strategic, tactical, and operational goals.