Measuring What We Do

If you want to accomplish something, you have to set a goal, and today I’d like to talk about initial goals we set for ALPS as we started this phase of the project. During the initial part of the engagement with Superfriendly, their research team talked with 25 different individuals from around the world that build and use our websites. They wanted to hear from you what it was you were looking. We want ALPS to meet your needs.

At the kickoff meeting, Dan Mall presented the themes that emerged from the hours of research interviews. After spending time discussing the themes and reviewing the needs of the the four personas, we chose three of the themes to create into measurable objectives for this phase.

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. – Tony Robbins

While their are many ways to define goals that can be measured, Superfriendly encouraged the a version called OKRs: Objectives and Key Results. This is a process that you set out 3-5 objectives, and then define 2-4 key results. What is a key result? This defines if the objective has been met. As Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer said, “It’s not a key result unless it has a number.”

Goals and Objectives

Before we share the objectives, let’s define the goal that we set out to achieve through the creation of the pattern library:

The primary goal of this project is to create a pattern library that Sarah can use as a visual reference when conceiving of what she wants and need to build. The pattern library also needs to contain the snippets of code that can help Simon to quickly and efficiently bring Sarah’s vision to life.

With that in mind, here are the three objectives that we set out to achieve:

  1. Create a foundational, deeply-rooted pattern library.
  2. Allow for customization and individuality in the new pattern library.
  3. Involve the community in the creation and adoption of the pattern library.


These three, prioritized objectives are what have become our guiding principals as we began this project. Will they change over time? Absolutely. As these become incorporated in what we do, and ingrained in our thinking, we plan to adapt and expand the things that we take on with the Adventist Living Pattern System.

Over the next week, I will expand on each objective and share the how we are planning to measure them as we progress.


  • | April 15, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    My main question with the templates being designed……..can they be implemented for all three of the following?
    1. WordPress
    2. Adventist Church and School Connect
    3. netAdventist
    This would give good cross support to a lot of Adventist websites out there! Please note I have ranked the website providers above by what I believe are the easiest to use out there at the top, and the most difficult to use at the bottom. Our website is on platform # 2 above:

    • | April 16, 2016 at 8:12 am

      Thanks for your comments. You are absolutely correct: having these available to use on a CMS is where is will become really helpful. I’m happy to say that those three, as well as several more are in our plans. We want this to be as accessible as possible to as many Adventist churches and entities as possible.

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