OKR Do’s & Dont’s, Learnings

Are you interested in working with OKR (Objectives and Key Results) or have you already started? We at access2agile have summarised the most important practical tips for a successful start with #OKR:

Practical tip 1

Create the right conditions for OKR

  • You will have an experienced OKR coach and leader at your side.
  • Formulate a clear vision and strategy
  • Set an example as top management
  • Avoid a compulsory introduction without communicating clear added value

Practical tip 2

Clear and objective formulations of MOALs & corporate OKRs

  • MOALs (Mid-term gOALs = GOALS, with a horizon of 1 year.) and OKRs must be understood by all – only then will employees develop meaningful OKR sets from them that pay off in terms of the company’s goals.

Practical tip 3

Complete, clear and measurable KeyResults

  • When formulating the KeyResults, think of the following guiding question:
    “How can we tell that we have achieved the objective?

Practical tip 4

Use the retrospective and expect setbacks

  • It’s hard to start – don’t stop before you’ve started.
  • OKR has to be learned and is a continuous development process.
  • Analyse the past OKR cycle together and learn from it for the following ones.

Practical tip 5

Don’t link your OKRs to commissions or performance measures

  • There is a danger of setting unambitious and easily achievable goals.

  • It stirs up fear of not achieving the goals and can have a demotivating effect or even create pressure

Practical tip 6

OKR should be adapted to your organisation

  • Every organisation is unique – do not try to copy Google or other role models one-to-one in order to be successful.
  • The OKR framework should be individually tailored to the respective organisation and its framework conditions

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