Five qualities of a good project objective

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These are the five qualities of a good project management objective…





Project objectives can be defined as the criteria that are been used to measure whether a project is successful or not There are some criteria that must be present in a good project management objective. Follow me as we look at these objectives together.

#1 Specific
A good project objective must be specific. When we say that an objective must be specific, it means when you tell someone that this is what I want to do, there must be no further question as far as the objective is concerned. “I want to go into I.T” for example is an objective that has not been narrowed down yet because I.T is very broad. If I say I want to become a Cisco Certified Networking Associate certified person, that objective is clear enough.

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#2 Quantifiable
This is another quality of a good project objective. If we say an objective is quantifiable, that means you should be able to measure it in terms of how much it is going to cost, the time it is going to take as well as a quality specification for the project.

#3 Realistic and amenable
A good Project objective must be realistic and amenable. Anytime you are coming up with objectives for a project, you must not be daydreaming about it. You have to come up with something that is achievable. You should also be able to adjust the plan to reflect present reality.

#4 Consistent
One other factor that is important for a good project objective is that it must be in line with the operational and strategic objectives of the organisation. It must also be in line with the plans, policies and procedures of the organisation. There is no need of embarking on a project if it will not help you to achieve the strategic visions of the organisation.

#5 One objective
The Project objective must include at least one objective that the organisation set to achieve. That means a project must not be done for the sake of it. There must be a specific reason why the project is been proposed.

The project must have one objective or several goals as the case may be. Sub-objectives can be added in order to further clarify project objectives and goals.

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