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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Project Management, 5th Edition by G. Michael Campbell PMP, G. Michael Campbell, Sunny Baker

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Six Criteria for Setting Great Goals

As you and the key project stakeholders begin setting goals, be aware that project goals should meet six general criteria to ensure the project will accomplish something of perceived value.

Goals Must Be Specific

Your goals must be adequately clear so that another, equally competent manager could take over your responsibilities and guide the project to completion. If your goals meet this criterion, you’re pointed in the right direction. Ask co-workers to read your goals and determine what has been stated and what the project will look like when it’s done. Confused, surprising, or conflicting responses mean they require more refinement.
If you write goals for your projects that always meet these six ...

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