What is the best OKR check-in cadence to adopt?

The best OKR (Objectives and Key Results) check-in cadence will depend on the needs and goals of your company, as well as the preferences of your team. 

However, there are a few factors that you may want to consider when determining the best check-in cadence for your organization:

  • Length of your OKR cycle
    The length of your OKR cycle will likely play a role in determining your check-in cadence. If you have shorter OKR cycles (e.g., quarterly), you may want to check in more frequently to ensure that you are on track and making progress
  • Size of your team
    The size of your team may also influence your check-in cadence. If you have a large team, you may want to check in more frequently to ensure that everyone is aligned and on track
  • Level of accountability
    The level of accountability within your team may also impact your check-in cadence. If your team is highly accountable, you may be able to check in less frequently. Team preferences: Finally, it’s important to consider the preferences of your team when determining your check-in cadence. Some teams may prefer more frequent check-ins, while others may prefer less frequent check-ins

 

Overall, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of the best OKR check-in cadence. It will depend on the needs and goals of your company, as well as the preferences of your team. It may be helpful to experiment with different check-in cadences to determine what works best for your team.

The most common check-in cadence chosen in ZOKRI is weekly.

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Matt is the founder of ZOKRI and author of the book Force Multipliers. His career started in media planning, advertising and digital marketing. He founded his first VC backed technology company in 2009, exiting in 2016.

Having held positions like Chief Strategy Office, and Chief Product Officer, in addition to various sales and marketing roles, Matt has a rare combination of perspectives and skills. He can seamlessly transitions between leadership conversations to being in the trenches with sales, marketing, customer service, data and HR teams.

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A guiding principle Matt lives by is ‘rapid value delivery’, and together with the team, many of the frameworks and tools used are geared towards this goal. Part of the rapid value delivery philosophy is to leverage what you know already as much as possible.

To enable this, Matt and the team will want to absorb and build on what you know and make positive changes, blending short-term opportunity with longer-term strategic advantage.

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Ian is a Strategy and OKR thought leader with over 30 years of experience, helping organizations ranging from world leaders to ambitious startups and scale-ups.

His unique professional journey spans roles as a strategist, software engineering leader, product manager and a co-founder. This multidisciplinary background equips him with a comprehensive perspective, making him a valuable consultant capable of quickly identifying capabilities that hold an organization back.

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In the last four years, Ian has focused on collaborating with C-suite executives of startups and scale-ups, aiding them in articulating their strategic vision and bringing it to life through effective OKR frameworks. His work has led to enhanced strategic clarity and execution for these organizations.

Ian champions the philosophy that continuous learning is the cornerstone of continuous improvement. By leveraging his expertise in product management, he assists organizations in engaging more deeply with their customers, powering strategic and tactical insights.

This approach not only aligns with his belief in the transformative power of learning but also ensures organizations are primed for sustained success.