The 20 Best OKR Software Programs

OKR stands for Objectives and Key Results. OKRs are a better way of setting goals than simpler goal setting methods like SMART, and can be used to bring best practice goal setting to any company.

The key benefits of OKRs vs SMART and other goal setting methods are:

Goals cascade and therefore improve alignment between Company, Team and Individual Goals.

By default targets are ideal hard and a stretch which helps to improve performance.

Key Results are grouped to so a better definition of Objective achievement can be created.

They encourage you to ‘Measure What Matters‘ and avoid focusing on less meaningful and impactful metrics.

 

Far from being new, OKRs as a way of setting goals have been around for decades. Intel and Google are credited with first using them with Andy Grove and John Doer often being credited for their creation and first adoption. Their growth and popularity since then is nothing short of incredible. The reason for this success is simple, when implemented correctly they work. They improve alignment, performance, teamwork, collaboration, and focus, to name but a few of the benefits.

 It’s common for teams to be introduced to OKRs via a spreadsheet, and in some ways it’s not a bad place to start.  But spreadsheets as a medium to write, share, and track OKRs usually fails quickly. The problem with this failure there is residual negative sentiment towards OKRs not how they were implemented. You then need to re-boot and get the enthusiasm back.

This is where OKR software comes in, and there’s a good number to choose from. Like with a spreadsheet, all will allow to add Objectives and Key Results. But not all are optimised to ensure you succeed in embedding OKRs in your culture as the means by which you set and track goals without thinking about it.

So what is it that makes OKR tools that help you track Objectives and Key Results an essential and added value part of your OKR success story?

Here’s what you should know if you’re thinking about OKR software and a shortlist of software platforms and tools you should try. But think about this before you do!

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Plan to use OKR Software
before you use it

Sounds strange doesn’t it! But to succeed with the OKR software you want to use means you need to plan to use it. 

These steps are tried and tested, and to complete them you really don’t need software.

  • Have a meeting where you define your Mission, Vision and Purpose.

     

  • Think hard about what your North Star Metric is – the one metric that guides you all and would tell you that you were succeeding to deliver your Vision

     

  • Choose about 3 strategic pillars – these are the battlegrounds you need to win in order to thrive

     

  • Define the cultural values and behaviours that will teach everyone how to behave, how to respond, and how to make decisions, without being told or asked. These would ideally align with OKR principles like teamwork and collaboration and being ambitious.

     

  • Choose KPIs to focus on that are leading indicators i.e. predict the future and change lagging indicators like Revenue and Churn – have the fewest possible.

     

  • Create your first Company OKRs that align with the Pillars you’ve written.

     

  • Ask your teams to create their OKRs to align with them and align with each others

     

  • Define the Initiatives (the projects, groups of tasks, or tasks) that are going to achieve your OKRs – separating out the Initiatives that you are going to do now and which will be next when they are done.

Notice how this video on embedding OKRs doesn’t really talk too much about the software.

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Know what you’re looking for

So before you shortlis let’s start with thinking about why OKRs can fail and how good software can help.

  • The software should be able to bring all of what is above together in one place and as opposed to being contained within fragmented tools and docs like spreadsheets and PPTs.

  • The platform you choose needs to guide users into following best practices like separating OKRs from Initiatives, and setting Hard not BAU targets.

  • It’s going to be critical that you have weekly check-in and team meetings workflows that keep teams engaged and that they focus on surfacing what’s holding people back.

  • Managers need the right support, which means they need the data to know if their teams are keeping to the right check-in and meeting cadence i.e. ideally weekly, staying engaged and following the systems agreed; like flagging KRs with low confidence, Initiatives that are ‘stuck’, or flagging issues that are holding progress back.

  • The senior management team requires views that spotlight where the biggest problems are so they can make the right decision at the right time – this often means assigning resources.
     
  • Integrations with tools that projects and tasks are managed – like Trello, Jira, Asana, Basecamp, and Monday matter as this then allows OKRs to have Initiatives that can be as big as a project or small as a task without re-entering the data, and these projects and tasks can become part of OKR check-ins and team meetings.

  • If you’re ‘measuring what matters’ you are going to be using KPIs. So KPI integrations with tools like GA, Jira, Hubspot will matter if you don’t need to manually update progress.

  • We all need nudges and alerts when things need to be done and issues need to be solved and spreadsheets are terrible at this.

  • It takes time to prepare for one-on-ones, stand-ups, team meetings, and board meetings. So having the agenda immediately there and ready to go i.e. How are we doing? What are we doing? What are we going to do next? What is holding us back that needs solving?, is incredibly useful.

  • Harmful behaviours like micromanagement need to be stopped. This is possible if the right OKR software is embedded as the ‘how are you doing?’ and ‘what are you doing’ become totally unnecessary – which then moves the conversation to ‘how can I help?’.

  • The right OKR software also puts people in control and allows autonomy – again if you’ve got people engaged then they can work towards executing the Initiatives that drive progress in a way more autonomous way because there visibility, transparency and accountability.
  • Connecting OKRs to conversations about performance and compensation are generally frowned upon but at the same time, ignoring OKRs makes sense. Platforms that allow you to bridge from OKRs to PDPs without undermining things like teamwork will help not hinder performance.

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Top 20 OKR Software Tools

Here are the top 20 OKR Software providers that will help you with some or all of the above. There is an obvious bias in there, but we did create ZOKRI to achieve all of the above and organizations of all sizes succeed in moving more OKR discovery to embedding OKRs with ZOKRI.

1 – ZOKRI

To succeed with OKRs and create happier, more engaged and better performing teams – try ZOKRI.

ZOKRI has been designed from the ground up to ensure that OKRs are easy to create and track, and ensure best practice is followed, teams are engaged, and the improvements you are looking for are delivered.

On top of that, everything you planned in preparation for OKRs, like your Mission, Visions, Purpose, Culture and KPIs are where OKRs and Initiatives are being planned and worked on. 

In fact, ZOKRI is the class leader in Initiative creation, alignment and tracking. And given that Initiatives are the engine room of performance, this is a big deal.

And if that wasn’t enough, ZOKRI facilitates cultural value and behaviour recognition, surveys and reports on wellbeing, and allows you to create the best PDPs, because all the information you need is right there.

Have it on your shortlist.

Plans & Pricing

Free for unlimited users forever.
Unlock features with the recommended Standard Plan of $10 per month/per user.

Unlimited Users & Time, No Catch, No Credit Card Required

Use ZOKRI Alongside The World’s Best Coaches

High performing team cultures overachieve goals by 17% vs teams that don’t display these traits who miss their goals by 19%.

We want to help you create a high performing team culture that is ready to run with your strategy, use OKRs and OKR Software correctly, execute faster and deliver results.

This is delivered much faster and with less risk via experts, and our centralized SaaS platform – ZOKRI.

ZOKRI partners the world’s best consultants so you have the right internal conversations, learn the right skills faster, embed the right mindsets, and coach the right people to success – finding and eliminating barriers to success along the way.

2 – Asana

Asana is a popular project management tool with companies and teams, and can be quite flexible in its approach to setting OKRs in an organization.

The Goals Tab in the software is available to users on the Business Plan where OKRs can be set like an Asana task. They are then assigned to teams and have an owner. In this section you can also set a due date and see real time progress. Users who are not on the Asana Business Plan can set rudimentary OKRs that will be constructed as tasks and assigned to an owner who will need to manually provide regular updates as comments on the task.

Note that ZOKRI integrates with Asana so you can create with Key Results or Initiatives from Asana Projects and Tasks. 

Plans & Pricing

Paid plans start from $9.99 per user/per month.
The Business Plan which unlocks OKR features to be set is $25 per user/per month.

3 – JIRA

Jira is the project software of choice for agile Engineering and Development teams. Jira is mostly used to plan, track and release software – but they offer a great OKR template which can be downloaded and synced with the platform. This template is FREE for 30 days with your Jira account.

Colleagues can be invited, OKRs can be assigned and are then graded on progress. Objectives in Jira can be linked with Jira Epics and Issues easily – and tasks can be linked to Objectives too.

Work can be marked as “In Progress” or “Done” when complete – then the grade for the OKR is updated automatically.

Plans & Pricing

Free for the first 30 days with an existing Jira account.
Pricing plans start at $7 per month for up to 10 users.

4 – Lattice

Lattice is a tool used to track and monitor OKRs.
Employees can clearly see goals that everyone is working towards.

Plans & Pricing

Paid plan starts from $9 per person/per month.

Betterworks is helpful to keep all teams on the goals that matter to an organization. Progress of each goal can be viewed as well as the opportunity to give feedback on performance.

Plans & Pricing

Paid plan starts from $10 per user/per month.

6 – Weekdone

Weekdone is used to set structured goals and organize Objectives so that team coordination is improved. Weekly and quarterly goals can be set separately and progress can be tracked.

Plans & Pricing

Paid plan starts from $9 per user/per month.

7 – Perdoo

Perdoo brings growth strategy, goals and people together in their OKR setting platform.
It allows CEOs and managers to communicate strategy in real time so that employees align their efforts to deliver on KPIs.

Plans & Pricing

Paid plan starts from $9 per user/per month.

8 – Koan

Koan allows its users to roll out OKRs and combine metrics with your team’s qualitative insights. Objectives can be visualized from the top down and collaboration is made easy.

Plans & Pricing

Standard plan for teams exceeding 10 users is $7.80 per user/per month.

9 – Ally

Ally is an OKR Platform that keeps remote teams focused on the goals and outcomes that align an organization’s strategy. OKRs can be created easily and updated automatically. Objective alignment can be viewed across an entire organization.

Plans & Pricing

Paid plans start at $9.50 per user/per month.

10 – Profit

Profit allows you to focus in and track individual and team OKRs as well as employee engagement on goals. Users can comment and reward others for goals achieved.

Plans & Pricing

Paid plans start at $9 per user/per month.

11 – Workboard

Workboard allows its users – especially remote workers – to align and localize OKRs for cross functional teams where a stream of continuous and contextual data helps organizations stay on track,

Plans & Pricing

Workboard for teams starts at $20 per user/per month.

12 – 7Geese

7Geese makes maintaining high performance easy with its OKR goal setting feature, agile performance reviews, people analytics and its ability to provide continuous feedback.

Plans & Pricing

Paid plans start at $10 per user/per month, billed annually.

13 – Workpath

Workpath turns strategic goals into results. Users can plan, align, execute and adapt their OKRs by learning from their results.

Plans & Pricing

Plans are created to fit your company.

14 – Gtmhub

Gtmhub is built for one singular goal – the deployment of OKRs across a company. Tasks can be added to Objectives to map the road to their success.

Plans & Pricing

Paid plans start at $10 per user/per month.

15 – Fitbots

Fitbots is designed with remote teams in mind – focusing on tracking OKRs, agile feedback and recognition, reporting and insights and creating a strong alignment.

Plans & Pricing

Not provided by vendor.

16 – Workteam

Workteam combines organizational goal alignment with a continuous stream of peer feedback to focus teams.

Plans & Pricing

Paid plans start at $7 per user/per month up to 50 uesers.

17 – 15five

15five is OKR software that inspires team performance by giving managers the tool they need to keep teams engaged and motivated – whether they are remote or working in the same location.

Plans & Pricing

$7 per user/per month, billed annually.

18 – Workfront

Workfront is designed to help people, teams and companies to simply get work done in a streamline way.

Plans & Pricing

Pricing to be requested.

19 – Leapsome

Leapsome track and allow users to collaborate on goals at all levels to align and develop a culture of accountability and transparency.

Plans & Pricing

$8 per user/per month, billed annually.

20 – Wrike

Wrike empowers its users to stay productive and collaborative – especially if they are working remotely – in a versatile work management platform.

Plans & Pricing

$9.80 per user/per month for up to 15 users