This article is a short article that highlights the differences between project goals and project objectives. It also provides four simple steps on how to write project goals. Project goals are high-level statements that provide the overall context. They are usually broad and long-term and, tell us WHAT the project aims to accomplish in the end. Project objectives are simply HOW the goals will be achieved. These are usually short-term project deliverables. They are specific, manageable and time-bound.
The author provides four simple steps that can help you write your project goals. They are:
Define the project goals at the beginning of the project. This will help you stay on track.
Connect project goals to your business objectives. Business objectives are different from project objectives. It is essential to keep the project goals aligned with the company’s specific goals.
Involve your project team in goal setting. This allows all members of the project to have a clear understanding of the goals and objectives. This increases motivation and helps secure buy-ins.
Employ the SMART framework. Once the project goals are established, use this framework to set the objectives. The S.M.A.R.T stands for (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound).