Introduction: Video Course

Section 2: Certifying Objectives as S.M.A.R.T. & The Quality Page

Section two: Assuring the quality of objectives. This is such a healthy activity because it is challenging!

Many objectives will be written that don’t qualify as S.M.A.R.T., so they need some rewording. Because understanding the meaning — and application — of each of these criteria will ensure quality in your work plan, you really want to practice this process and support your teams in getting this right. You’ll know this important piece has become a part of your success when you overhear team members spontaneously — with concern and conviction — asking “how will we measure progress” and “is this one really realistic?”

MyObjectives supports this important process with the “Quality” page in the Scorecard Wizard. On it, team members evaluate their objectives using the S.M.A.R.T. criteria, so that understandings can be clarified and the whole of your team has had some focused time with each objective. This helps to ensure that objectives are well written and ready for action.

As you can see in this screenshot of the wizard, there are five columns, one for each action item making up the S.M.A.R.T. acronym.

The way you work the Quality page is to first read the objective, aloud if working as a team, and then ask yourself if the description meets each of the five criteria. If not, click the description and edit the wording until you feel it does meet the criteria.

While you’re evaluating the wording, feel free to checkmark each column indicating that you’ve considered that aspect of S.M.A.R.T. This helps keep track and to give you a sense of progress.

Well, we’ve just covered what it means to make objectives S.M.A.R.T. and ensure their quality from within the wizard. Take a quick quiz on this and then we’ll look at prioritizing all these S.M.A.R.T. objectives.