Goals are the most important part of Cascade - they represent 'things you want to achieve' and are the main components of any strategic plan.
In Cascade, the term 'Goal' refers to anything which sits inside your Focus Areas. It is a collective noun - which means that you can have a variety of different 'flavors' of Goals, such as:
- + anything else that represents 'something you want to achieve'!
All of the above are 'flavors' of goals.
Helping you to write great Goals
Adding Goals into the system is easy - but actually writing well structured Goals is a little harder. Here are a few resources to help out:
- Writing good strategic objectives [blog article]
- Understanding different types of KPIs [blog article]
- Examples of great KPIs [blog article]
We'll continue to add articles to the list above, so be sure to check back regularly.
Adding Goals to your strategic plan
Adding Goals to your strategic plan is relatively easy. Simply navigate to the plan where you want to add the Goal(s) then click the 'Add' button inside the Focus Area where you want to add Goals.
When you do this, you'll be presented with the Goal Designer. This is essentially a wizard which will guide you through creating your goal, starting with inputting your Title, then Template/Type, Start & Due Dates, and choosing the Owner(s) of the goal.
Adding Goals from anywhere (new in 2020!)
You can add Goals to Cascade from any screen in the system using the "Add Goal" button at the top of the screen next to the search bar. Just look for the "+" sign!
Clicking this will open the Goal Designer from wherever you are. Now we can add important work to Cascade whenever it's needed, at any time.