The SMART GOALS for Software Engineering

Alberto Cubeddu
8 min readNov 13, 2022

BHAG, SMART Goals, Tasks & Time Prioritarisation

In this article, we will explore the SMART GOALS and various other techniques, which we will use to our advantage to achieve results efficiently by understanding how our brain works.

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Let me introduce you to dopamine.

We want to talk about dopamine because that's the secret ingredient I've used to achieve the most complicated goals in my life.

Dopamine is a chemical released in the brain that makes you feel good. The dopaminergic system plays essential roles in neuromodulation, such as reward, motivation, cognitive function, motor control and so on…

Dopamine is most notably involved in helping us feel pleasure as part of the brain's reward system. Likes on social media, Shopping, Smelling cookies baking in the oven, finishing off a task in your todo-list. Once you complete an action, you probably experience a "dopamine rush".

However, dopamine is limited; therefore, be aware of how you use it; Make sure to have enough to achieve your goals! Read the previous article to understand who you're sharing your dose of dopamine with;


Goals are critical to organising your time and helping to set up a roadmap. Like any…



Alberto Cubeddu

Leadership || Management || Innovation - Technology Director & Former Head Of Engineering