According to Wikipedia, the SMART mnemonic was developed by George T. Doran in 1981. I was first exposed to it in a day-long seminar in project management back in the ‘90s. The SMART mnemonic is a way to clearly communicate what you are trying to accomplish, and to clearly measure if the goals you are setting for yourself or your team can be accomplished.
SMART objectives can be applied anywhere in your life, both professionally and personally. I encourage my clients to use SMART objectives whenever they’re working on any type of data management project.
Here are some examples:
In this example, being specific about how the process would look when it is improved helps to define what you’re trying to accomplish and how you can tell when it is completed.
SMART objective can be applied to anything you’re trying to accomplish. Think about something you’d like to improve within your database or your data management. Take that idea and plug it into the SMART framework. If you can’t meet all five requirements, you either have to redefine your objective or admit that the objective that has been set cannot be achieved. In either case, you’ll be better off knowing that before you start.
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