Goal Setting makes use of the fact that human motivation is the single, strongest contributor to productivity. In Goal Setting, a manager or user simply tells developers what is expected of them.
Because Goal Setting contributes to motivation, developers will generally work hard to achieve a goal of “shortest schedule” (or least risk schedule or most visible progress or whatever the goal is).
The primary obstacle is an unwillingness to define a small, clear set of goals and commit to them for an entire project.
Potential reduction from nominal schedule: None
Improvement in progress visibility: Excellent
Effect on schedule risk: Decreased Risk
Chance of first-time success: Good
Chance of long-term success: Very Good
- Significant loss of motivation if goals are changed
Major Interaction and Trade-Offs
- Provides key support for signing up, timebox development, voluntary overtime and motivation in general