Definition of Goal

Definition Last Updated 17-Dec-2015 12:51

A goal is an outcome that has intrinsic value, such as “business value”, to a specific individual who intends that outcome to be achieved, i.e. a performer; goal contrasts with objective, which has no intrinsic value and is desirable only insofar as it contributes to achieving one or more goals. A goal of one performer may be an objective to another.


Goals (and objectives) are expressed as relationships of the forms:

[Outcome] is a [goal] for [performer] because [rationale]

[Rationale] makes [outcome] a [goal] for [performer]

[Performer] has [outcome] as [goal] because [rationale]


Goal is a defined term of Enterprise Architecture. Goal is a defined term of Business Analysis.

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