Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Goals for Software Developers

"You don't shoot first and then call whatever you hit the target." So says Alec Mackenzie, author of the book "The Time Trap."

To be effective, goals must be demanding, achievable, specific, and measurable. Mackenzie insists that goals must have deadlines, and people have to own their goals. Finally, goals must be flexible and written down.

In her book "All I Really Need to Know in Business I Learned at Microsoft," Julie Bick tells us that Microsoft uses S.M.A.R.T. objectives - specific, measurable, accountable, results-based, and timebound.

If you threw a rock at the shelf of business books in your town's library, you'd hit a book with its own cute list of attributes that goals and objectives need to have. The point is, avoid squishy goals that can't be measured. And commit your goals to paper.

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