Work S.M.A.R.T.E.R. not Harder

We have all heard the phrase ‘Do more with less’. It is a common phrase is used to justify Agile. Executives equate that by transforming IT project management to Agile they will be able to do just that. While it is true that Agile can help an organization ‘Do more with less’, it can not begin to create results until organization begin to work S.M.A.R.T.E.R

S in smarter stands for Specific. You need to set specific steps and targets for the gradual achievement of your goals. Goals that are too general are easy to forget.

M in smarter stands for Measurable. You need to measure your progress with concrete iterations and daily milestones. Make sure you update your metrics often to ensure you’re on track.

A in smarter stands for Attainable. Give yourself goals that you can achieve within a given period of time. If you are forever striving for a goal, it may take too long and you could give up.

R in smarter stands for Realistic. If your team’s commitments are way out of the ballpark, you’re setting yourself up for failure. But don’t make the mistake of not believing in your team — it’s a fine line – trust that they can meet their goals.

T stands for Timely. Am I working on the highest priority item right now? So often, teams get caught up in the wrong activities. Always think: what adds value?

E stands for Exciting. Get your team excited about the vision of your project. Allow your teams to self-organize to drive innovation. Your teams will surprise you and attain results you never thought possible.

R stands for Ready, Set, Go!

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