Unfortunately most organizations don’t always share what their goals / objectives are for the coming year. It is vital that IT management have a firm understanding of these goals so that it can align not only the department but each individuals goals with the organization’s. Using SMART goals are a great tool to assist with this process.
What are SMART Goals?
Statements of results you are working to achieve.
Include both Performance and Developments goals
SMART goals allow you to create verifiable objectives, with clear milestones and an estimation of the goal’s attainability. Every goal or objective, from each step to the overall objective, can be made S.M.A.R.T. and thus, brought closer to reality.
Specific – A specific goal has a better chance of being reached verses a more general goal. To set specific goals you must answer the 5 “W” questions
- Who: Who is involved?
- What: What am I trying to accomplish?
- When: When does this goal need to be completed
- Where: Identify the location.
- Why: Specific reason, purpose or benefits to accomplish goals.
Measurable – It is important to track progress of your goals. Measurable goals should answer the questions:
- How much?
- How many?
- How do you determine success?
Achievable – Goals should be realistic and achievable. Achievable goals answer the following questions:
- How can I accomplish this goal?
- Is the goal realistic, based on time and financial resources?
Relevant – Department and individual goals should align with organizational level goals. A relevant goal can answer to these questions:
- Is the timing right?
- Does this goal align with business objectives?
- Is this goal worthwhile?
Timely – All goals should have a completion date, so that you have something to work towards. Time goal can answer the following question.
- When can I complete this?
- What can I do today?
- What can I do in six months?
How can we help?
Prometheus Consulting can help create department and individual goals that are aligned with organizational objectives.