Microspeak: Stretch goal
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A project will set some goals, which are things it intends to accomplish. It may also set stretch goals, which are things it hopes to accomplish. If you fail to achieve a stretch goal, your project is still a success, but if you make it, your project is even more awesome. A stretch goal could be unrelated to an existing goal.
Goals for this release
- Support dynamic widget recolorization.
Stretch goals for this release
- Improve throughput by 10% compared to previous version.
- Support offline mode.
But more often, it takes the form of a higher level of achievement for an existing goal:
Setting a stretch goal is tricky. You want to set it just at the edge of achievability. If you make it unrealistic, then nobody will take it seriously.
You can think of a stretch goal as an “extra credit” assignment. You won’t be penalized for missing it, but making it will earn you kudos.