OKR (Objectives and Key Results) is a goal system used by Google and others. It is a simple tool to create alignment and engagement around measurable goals.

OKR Introduction

  1. Goal of OKR: It should be pointed out that the purpose of OKR is to coordinate the members of the team and let all members unambiguously understand the direction of the project and what they should do. It accomplishs the operation of converting strategy into execution smoothly. So OKR is NOT SUGGESTED for personal use.
  2. Cognitive Change for OKR: The thinking of OKR is RESULT-ORIENTED. When setting KR, it is necessary to consider whether the KR is strongly related to the corresponding Objective. Whether or not KR’s completion can directly contribute to the Objective.
  3. Realtion between Ultimate Objective, Objective and KeyResult:

    • Ultimate Objective: Ultimate Objective is one unique objective for the current cycle. It is not required to be measurable. Moreoever, with the task moving on, it can be transformed with Objective. More importantly, it indicates the direction and definites the property for the entire project.

    • Objective: Objectives need to serve the related Ultimate Objective. It is also not required to be measurable. Same as Ultimate Objective, it point out the direction for the related KeyResult.

    • KeyResult: A measurable task, however it CAN NOT BE DIRECTLY CONTROLLED by the operater. Again, it should serve the related Objective.

    • More Infor: Key Result should serve Objective and Objectives should contribute to Ultimate Objective. Moreoever, each of them should be INDEPENDENT, such as KR should independent with KR, Objective should be independent with Objective and so on.

OKR Use Case or Discussion

Learning Center

  1. The Ultimate Guide to OKR
  2. Guide: Set goals with OKRs
  3. Lunch and Learn on June 15th 2017: The OKR system (video)