Definition of Objective

Definition Last Updated 17-Dec-2015 12:51

An objective is a necessary1Whether or not it is strictly necessary, it is sufficient that it is considered to be. intermediate state, i.e. an outcome along a specific path towards a target state. Other than contributing to the achievement of the target state, the intrinsic value of an objective is unspecified2It could be positive, zero or even negative: complete disassembly of a working car for restoration may be disadvantageous in the short term to the extent that it is cannot be driven while it is disassembled, the parts take up more precious room than the assembled car did, etc., however if an outcome has a positive value other than as an objective (e.g. delivers significant “business value” in its own right) to someone, that outcome may also be a goal for them.

Relationships

Objectives (and goals) are expressed as relationships of the forms:

[Outcome] is [objective] for [performer] because [rationale]

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

[Rationale] makes [outcome] an [objective] for [performer]

Scope

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

Discussion

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1.Whether or not it is strictly necessary, it is sufficient that it is considered to be.
2.It could be positive, zero or even negative: complete disassembly of a working car for restoration may be disadvantageous in the short term to the extent that it is cannot be driven while it is disassembled, the parts take up more precious room than the assembled car did, etc.

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