The Strategic Direction practice involves Business Leaders articulating the Business Strategy and deriving Strategic Goals that shape the Portfolio and Enterprise Architecture
Strategic goals are objectives that an organization wants to achieve to support its mission/vision
Strategic Goals are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound) objectives that Business Strategy progress can be measured against. Portfolio Requests can be traced to Strategic Goals to ensure strategic alignment of work throughout the portfolio. As a result Strategic Goals can be thought of as the top of any Requirements stack.
We recommend that Strategic Goals are fairly long term (e.g. 1yr, 3yr and 5yr goals).
We recommend that Strategic Goals are describes in terms of Business Value:
Generating or delivering Business Value is the purpose of a business. Typically, a commercial business will measure Business Value financially however public sector organizations, charities, open source communities and others will measure value differently.