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Measuring My Goals

Yesterday I wrote about some goals for 2009 here at SQLServerCentral. It’s a list of stuff that I want to accomplish in 2009. However I didn’t give any way to determine if I’m successful in meeting the goals. I guess you could say that getting to the goals is the best way to measure things, but I think that I could get close in some areas and call things a success. Or at least a reasonable attempt.

For example, I would like to get 400 posts a month. That was a goal in 2008 and I didn’t make it every month, but I did get 4800+ for the year. Is that a success? I think so. What if I got to 350 a month, was that an honest effort? I think that would be my line for miserable failure if I can’t get an average of 350 a month.

So with that in mind: (answers in italics)

  • Continue with 400 posts a month – 4800 for the year is a success, but 350 a month average is a good effort.
  • Blog Daily – If I can average 4 a week, I think that’s a success
  • Speak at each Denver area user group – Got to get to each one here. 2 of the 3 won’t count.
  • Speak at one SQLSaturday – I hate traveling and I’m already booked for 5 trips, so if I can attend a SQLSaturday, I think that’s good.
  • Comment on blog posts that I think are interesting. – I’m not sure how to measure this. I hate to blog about commenting. I should probably be able to remember the last 3 at any given time of the year.
  • Update my blog roll to show who I think is interesting. – I’ll set a reminder to do this. I guess if my blog roll changes, this is good. Not sure how to measure this other than track the changes.
  • Grow the SSC audience to 1.4mm members by the end of the year. – this one is easy to measure. The front page captures the info
  • Give all new articles a first review within 7 days. I’ll have to self-measure this, but I think if I can do this with 90% of the articles, I'm in good shape.
  • Not miss sending any newsletters. I think I missed 3 this year. – I’ll have to blog about this and keep track of it.
  • Build something useful with .NET/SQL Server. - I’m not sure what to do here, but I’d like to use this to get a bit more techincal. Likely I’ll use SS2K8 and some part of SSRS or SSAS to do this. We’ll see what happens.
  • I think these are pretty good measures, though I’d be curious to see what people think of them.

    Comments

    Posted by Andy Warren on 7 January 2009

    Not sure I agree with the wiggle room! Maybe better to see a doable goal, and then try to achieve it, rather than the opposite. I think its a half full/half empty view, but as long as you don't sandbag on the goals, I'd rather frame it as beating goals by x rather than coming in short.

    Also, some of those you directly control, but growth in SSC. How will you measure your impact vs natural growth, site changes, etc?

    Posted by Steve Jones on 7 January 2009

    I'm not sure there, but I thought it would make some sense to try and measure an effort on the goals. I wasn't sure about the all or nothing measurement of the goal. There are degrees of achievement, at least I think there are. Could be wrong.

    I'm not sure how to measure growth in SSC. If I go back and look at history, I'm trying to exceed that slightly. Part of that is site changes, etc., which I influence. The goal is more to keep me focused than anything.

    Posted by Dugi on 30 December 2009

    Congratulations Steve, goals has been completed 98%!

    Posted by Jason Brimhall on 12 January 2010

    Nice.  It is good to see a review and measurement of goals.

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