Should everyone be using OKRs? — Issue #11

OKRs are easy right?

  1. “I won’t be working on anything with a customer value this quarter because we’re building it.”
  2. The difficulty of understanding the difference between an objective and a key result;
  3. Not making the KR measurable;
  4. The misunderstanding that OKRs are a commitment to deliver a result or deliverable;
  5. Defining OKRs that seem achievable, rather than shooting for a little bit higher to incentivise us to strive for more than just enough;
  6. Objectives that are so broad that they don’t provide a focus;
  7. Too many OKRs…

How can I get OKRs right?

  1. Either you will be improving efficiency, speed, quality etc. and those should be your interim metrics.
  2. If however, you can’t find a way of measuring it at this time… it’s just doesn’t make sense being a KR. So don’t try and justify adding it.

Back to the main topic: Should everyone be using OKRs?

In conclusion

  • Are you using OKRs?
  • Do you believe in using OKRs?
  • How are OKRs working in your organisation?
  • Have you worked in organisations that don’t use OKRs successfully?

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// Leading Product Operations at OLX Motors EU // Helping to make better products — Co-founder of @uxdiscuss with @whitingx

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// Leading Product Operations at OLX Motors EU // Helping to make better products — Co-founder of @uxdiscuss with @whitingx

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