Objective and Key Results – are qualitative and quantitative formulations of goals that are set for a short foreseeable period, usually for a quarter, and are regularly monitored.
So, OKRs help teams to Clarify and Align – how they will realize their Commission.
OKR consists of 2 parts:
“An objective is a concise statement outlining a broad qualitative goal designed to propel the organization forward in a desired direction. Basically, it asks, “What do we want to do?”
A key result is a quantitative statement that measures the achievement of a given objective, asks, “How will we know if we’ve met our objective?”
[Paul R. Niven, Ben Lamorte. Objective and Key Results. Driving Focus, Alignment, and Engagement with OKRs. Willye, 2016]
For setup company level OKRs, we gather top-management and facilitate their discussion about the most important things, they have to focus this quartal to achieve strategic goals. We give everyone the opportunity to express their opinion and be heard, including using clustering on stickers.
Since the strategy usually involves changes, we pass all ideas through the filter “Run, Change, Disrupt”.
After all, the team left only from one to three Objectives and for each of them 3-5 specific measurable Key Results to monitor progress every week. Each OKR has an owner how is responsible to tracking the progress and solving obstacles.
Next step is setting up OKRs for the next level (Departments, teams) and align them vertically and horizontally.