About OKR

Learn more about the history and best practise about using Objectives and Key Results (OKR) methodology

What are OKRs?

Objectives

Inspirational statements describing a future state, qualitative in nature, but time bound

Key Results

One or more measures, that help define whether progress has been made towards the Objective

How are they used?

The following cycle is repeated with a regular period

  • Company sets strategic goals and defines measures
  • Teams set own goals aligned to strategic goals
  • Regular frequent check-ins keep everybody focused
  • Review and score together to boost learning

What are the benefits?

Correctly implemented, OKR will improve productivity dramatically

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    Ensures critical thinking takes place regularly
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    Motivates exceptional performance
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    Improves corporate agility
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    Generates focus, discipline and fairness
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    Enhances cross functional teamwork
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    Check In reporting reveals blockages

Implementation Considerations

  • Whose the senior sponsor?
  • How to keep it simple to start with?
  • What cycle period to choose?
  • How to get organisational buy-in?
  • How frequently to check in?
  • How to keep BAU on track?
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    What system to use to track OKR?

Why does it work?

Read our 15 minute guide to OKR, why it works and how to implement

Further reading from noted OKR authors

Rick Klau from Google Ventures explains OKR

This is a must watch for aspiring OKR users. It explains the history of how the OKR process came into being at Google, and gives some insights into how it works in practise. Its an hour twenty long, so get yourself a cup of tea.

3 steps for OKR success: set, align, achieve

Leading practitioner Felipe Castro gives useful information on how to avoid an OKR project failing in your company

Leading practitioners share their learnings on implementing OKR

Two leading OKRs consultants, Ben Lamorte and Paul R Niven provide a one-stop resource for organizations looking to implement goal driven management.

The author pulls from her experience with Silicon Valley’s hottest companies to teach practical insights on goal setting in fable form

It’s about creating a framework for regular check-ins, key results, and most of all, the beauty of a good fail. 

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