What is SMART Goals

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Setting goals is critical for further improvements as they provide direction and clarity on where to focus. They also used to compare your achievements to, to see if you got to where you needed to be at any given time.
SMART Goals is a way of defining your goals that makes them easy to understand and measure. It is one of the lean tool, and SMART is the acronym for following 5 items used to define a SMART Goal.

  • Specific: Who owns the goal and what do you want to accomplish. For example “I want to get in better shape from running and using the gym” is better than saying “Get in better shape”.
  • Measurable: You need to be able to measure it in order to improve it. For example “Run 2 miles twice a week and spend 2 hours in the gym three days a week” is better than saying “Go to the gym and run more often”
  • Attainable: All goals must be attainable, if not motivation is lost to reach them, as it is not possible anyway. But you also don’t want them too easy to achieve either. As a rule of thumb, then goals should be a challenge but not impossible to reach.
  • Relevant: The goal should be relevant, as there is no time to waste on goals that don’t improve the organisation you are in.
  • Timing: Define when the goal should be achieved by.

Example of SMART Goal

Reduce the rejection rate on line 2 by 25% over the next three month in terms of phones rejected at final inspection. The rejection need to go down from 20 to 15 phones per day.

One Piece Flow is one of the lean tools, if you found it interesting then our 5S Training might be of interest to you. It is usually the first step to take when starting out with lean, as it creates the foundation for further improvements to be implemented.

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