i* Guide > Srategic Rationale (SR) Model > Elements/Nodes > Goals (Hard Goals) 5.2.1 Goals (Hard Goals) Represents and intentional desire of an actor, the specifics of how the goal is to be satisfied is not described by the goal. This can be described through task decomposition. Open Version From here Guideline (Beginner,Concept) Use a Softgoal for quality criterion and use a (hard) goal for a sharply defined objective. Guideline (Beginner,Concept) Do not confuse Softgoal with optional, less important Goals. Guideline (Beginner,Concept) To indicate that a Goal can be achieved by performing several sub-tasks, model the decomposition by introducing a Task. Guideline (Beginner,Concept) Use multiple Means-End Links from Tasks to a Goal to indicate alternatives. Guideline (Beginner,Concept) Don’t mix Goals and Tasks in the Means-Ends links. Guideline (Beginner,Naming) Use precise language to name a Goal or a Task. Guideline (Beginner,Concept) A Goal can only be decomposed using Means-Ends Links. For questions regarding i* syntax please click on the "discuss" tab. This feature is available for registered users only. For registration information please see the Registration and User Rights Policy for the i* Wiki.