Thursday, February 17, 2011

Setting our project objectives - III

In my previous posts we have discussed on what is project objectives and how to set them up using SMART. In this post we will see how the concept DISCO would be applicable in setting project objectives.

When we move on to create an project objectives, its not only we should get convinced about our ideas  but also our team. Its then the synergy is created to work towards the goals/objectives together. The concept of DISCO advocates the strategy more similar to SMART but with more emphasis on team work. 


Detail Specifics:

  1. Be specific on what you want.
  2. Probably have an work breakdown structure.
  3. Help the team members to understand the specific you understood.
Include Qualitative and Quantitative Measurements:
  1. When you start setting the objectives check whether its measurable or not. 
  2. Ensure you have the following characteristics towards Qualitative and Quantitative measurements:
    1. Qualitative: Measurable by standards (Defect Ratio, KPIs) more towards Quality
    2. Quantitative: Resources, Timelines, Budget related measures
Seek Consensus:
  1. Always seek consensus from your team on the objectives
  2. You can force the team to follow your objectives until or otherwise they have the buy-in on your objectives
  3. Seek to be understood and also make others understand
Creating Reasonable approach:
  1. Be reasonable and justifiable on your approach
  2. Don't set unrealistic targets and later on postponing them
  3. There is a possibility of conflict in this area because perspective changes among people
Operate in methodical time frame:
  1. Always have time strings attached to your objectives
  2. Let the entire team be aware about the timelines
  3. Create an schedule around the timelines
Example of such objective:
a. Creation of an micro controller based Attendance tracking system with in 2 months which includes key functionalities such Swipe Cards, Daily Attendance Reports and Solar powered system with defect ration <5%.

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