July 01, 2012
Jean Van Rensselar
Tip or Best Practice

This is a sidebar for the article, Maximizing the Benefits of Fluid Analysis, published in the July 2012 issue of TLT.

SMART is an acronym for the elements of goals that lead up to the accomplishment of a specific task. These key performance indicators apply to nearly all disciplines, including fluid analysis programs. 

The letters represent:

  • S (Specific)
  • M (Measurable)
  • A (Attainable)
  • R (Realistic)
  • T (Timely)

SMART goals first appeared in a November 1981 issue of Management Review in an article titled, “There’s a S.M.A.R.T. Way to Write Management’s Goals and Objectives” by George Doran, Arthur Miller and James Cunningham. For a synopsis, visit:

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