SMART Actions

The result of a retrospective should be a number of SMART actions. But what makes an action SMART? Let’s find out.

The acronym SMART has several slightly different variations, which can be used to provide a more comprehensive definition of goal setting. For example some people will use SMARTER, SMARTTA, SMARRT, SMART-VT or SMARTY. We will focus on SMART today. Each letter in SMART refers to a different criterion for judging your goal. Let’s have a look at each letter:

  • S - specific
    • Well defined
    • Clear to anyone that is involved
  • M - measurable
    • Know if the goal is obtainable and how far away completion is
    • Find out when you have achieved your goal
    • Possible to measure your progress
  • A - achievable
    • Possible to complete the action
  • R - realistic
    • Within the availability of the people, knowledge, budget and time
  • T - time-based
    • Enough time to achieve the goal
    • But not too much time, it must stay challenging

Next Time

If you followed our blog you know an original retrospective format and you know what SMART actions are, is this enough to make your retrospective successful? Read all about it in our next blogpost.


Let us know what you think about this retrospective concept. If you tried it out, tell us how it went. Do you agree with how we understand the SMART action definition?

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