Outcomes, goals, objectives

This diagram from Jamie Arnold turned up in my timeline yesterday, and it I liked it so much, that seemed worth a quick write up:

Outcomes, goals and objectives – way to talk about what you’re doing

I think a nice way to frame it:

A Goal in this case is broad direction you’re heading in. Head in this direction!

An Outcome is the benefit from achieving this goal. This is where you arrive

The Objective is the specific, measurable, time-bound thing you’d need to meet reach this outcome

A Deliverable is a thing, like an artefact or similar, you might produce, that ideally would achieve the objective or goal.

Why I like it

I like it, as it’s bit more detailed than when people try to come up with missions vs visions for working out what they’re trying to do, and provides a nice way to go from something high level and aspirational, to something you can point for working on.

Mission – the reason you exist, the thing you to reach the state you describe in your vision.

Vision – the ideal state you’d be in, if what you’re doing works out.

An example from the mission and vision statement for Climate Action Tech, a group I work with, might help in this case:

Mission: We empower technology professionals to take climate action

Vision: Everyone is working on the climate crisis at all levels, and driving industry and society toward a sustainable future.

Climate Action Tech mission and vision statement as of Jun 2019

Complementary tools

It also seems to be complementary to Impact Mapping, which is another fairly useful tool for framing what you’re looking to do on a project, or inside an organisation. I like this, as they’re explicit about who you’re aiming some kind of intervention or initiative at

Here’s the original tweet where I saw it: