critical success factors (CSF)

  

Definition

Limited number (usually between 3 to 8) of characteristics, conditions, or variables that have a direct and serious impact on the effectiveness, efficiency, and viability of an organization, program, or project. Activities associated with CSF must be performed at the highest possible level of excellence to achieve the intended overall objectives. Also called key success factors (KSF) or key result areas (KRA).

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  • You need to make sure that you always do your best to have all of the critical success factors working in your favor.

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  • While your business may have unique critical success factors particular to its domain, building your facility in the middle of a desert should include plans for obtaining water.

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  • There were a variety of critical success factors that lead our business in the right direction and offered success to us.

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