Author: Cansel Sörgens
How to combine Performance Management and OKR?
You don’t! Let me explain. The main reason for OKR in most organisation is to create focus and alignment between strategy and the day-to-day work in complex environments. OKR help to validate our assumptions and hypotheses to find out what works well, what not. So like in science, it is very likely that some of…
Create strategic alignment with OKR?
According to There Be Giants’ 2021 OKR Annual Report, 90% of organisations name ‘alignment’ as the reason for adopting OKR. In my experience most people think of alignment as a way of knowing what other teams, their peers, their direct reports or what their managers are working on today, this week, next month or next…
Stop trying to solve today’s problems with yesterday’s solutions
The ways how we work and manage are mostly approaches that date back to late 19th and early-mid 20th century. But how can we expect to solve today’s problems (21st century!) with yesterday’s solutions? In an era of rapidly advancing technology, even a solution we used 2 years ago might not work today and if…
Types of Metrics and how to use them in OKR context?
One of the most crucial misconceptions of OKR is that the Key Results reflect the same old business KPIs. I stopped counting how many times I’ve seen revenues, profit, market share and similar KPIs in the OKR sets. On the other hand, I also see metrics that measure the productivity, as if the teams had…
5 reasons why your OKRs failed and how you can fix them?
End of the year means beginning of the year. The client requests I received in Q4 to review/ restart their Objectives and Key Results was more than I could handle. It seems like companies had their OKR sets almost unreviewed throughout the year, but now that the year comes to an end, they take a…
What’s wrong with OKR implementations?
The more OKR has gained popularity, the more it is misunderstood and misused. Objectives and Key Results can unlock superpowers such as focus and alignment, however these require certain principles.
How to combine OKR with Scrum?
In all these years I’ve worked for/with Scrum Teams, one common problem I’ve observed was that most of the teams didn’t see the big picture. The scrum teams I’ve worked with found the combination of OKR & Scrum very helpful as they had much more clarity and transparency about their focus and sprint goals. Also reviewing their…
TOP 10 Books About OKRs
I get the question a lot, what books about OKRs I recommend. Here is my TOP 10 Books about OKRs. Of course there are many more valuable resources like podcasts, blogs, keynotes, meet-ups, etc., which I’m going to list separately.
How does the OKR Process work?
You heard about OKRs and know how to write an Objective and 3-5 Key Results per Objective. But based on which information will you choose your Objectives and what happens after writing measurable Key Results? Even if you reach them 100% how do you know what was it good for? Let me start the story…
What is “Objectives and Key Results” (OKRs)?
OKR is a goal setting framework that helps to reach a vision (of a person or an organisation) in manageable steps with measurable goals. OKRs make the rather abstract intangible vision and long term goals more tangible. Measurable goals track the process and tell if you’re on the right track.