SMART Tasks / Goals

SMART acronym offers parameters to use when creating tasks.
Brief description of the acronym.

SMART


Effective tasks/ goals are SMART

Specific

Being specific that everyone understand what needs to be accomplished. Also helps with the elimination of overlapping tasks.


Measurable

What must be completed to consider this task done or an indicator of progress. What metrics need to be used.


Achievable

Is it possible to accomplish the task and what tools, skills or other resources are needed and available. Helps to increase motivation.


Relevant

Tasks should reflect broader context like is it worthwhile, is it the right time or does it match our other efforts. Every task can be explained and justified.


Time-boxed

Task should be time-boxed (may not be formal estimate) in order to know when the task can be achieved or when to seek help or split in case it is not complete.