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With OKR, one-approach does not fit all. That is why it matters that the OKR software that you choose can be customized based on how you have chosen to implement OKRs in your company or individual team.
For example, how you share strategy, how you want OKR proposal and sign-off processes to work, the types of Key Results you want to encourage, how you want to use OKRs with KPIs, your preferred OKR grading method, and your agreed check-in and reporting cadences.
Enterprise OKR software with lots of configuration options usually comes at the cost of simplicity.
Get that balance right – a simple and easy to use interface with a ‘low to no’ training requirement.
ZOKRI takes the company mission and strategy out of slides and uses them for what they are designed to do.
Mission and strategy is used to energize your employees, guide their thinking and focus everyone’s efforts in the areas of greatest impact. Progress is then tracked easily via strategy reports.
It’s a relief when you can see your company’s mission and objectives. You know who you’re working for, what you’re working towards, and what is expected of you.
What’s also interesting is that being able to see company and team goal progress at any moment is a breath of fresh air for most. Trust and transparency are always welcomed.
Even though OKRs are not overly complex, goal acronyms like OKR have the power to be confusing at first.
ZOKRI is an OKR app that makes it easy to learn OKR and follow the steps needed to create great OKRs.
You want to know that OKR and general goal best-practices are being followed, all without using too much precious manager time.
What’s more, your core goal setting and execution competencies improve through time.
Business success and OKRs are all about prioritization and focus. Boiling down everything you could commit to down to a small list of what matters most. What is left is just the things that must be committed to.
Simple lightweight processes ensure OKRs and Initiatives have been committed to after the right level of thought, consideration and debate.
Active OKRs really will be the most important things teams need to make progress on.
It’s important to raise the awareness of team KPIs so that what is ‘good’ and needs to stay that way, and what needs the most improvement can be focused on.
ZOKRI brings together OKR and KPIs seamlessly.
This not only means OKRs are used more successfully, it means people get recognized for their contributions by more than just OKRs – which really matters.
Not knowing, seeing and discussing team and individual KPIs means it’s harder to align efforts and results.
It needs to be easy to see individual and team KPIs. Setting targets and thresholds independently from Key Results and add KPI to any meeting agenda in a click.
Then at appraisal time you’ve got a wide range of things to reference that include KPIs, Team and Personal OKRs, and the Initiatives / Activities you worked on.
If updates are missed the single-point-of truth needed is a lie. You don’t trust the data. Software can do the chasing so that you can rely on progress, RAG statuses and commentaries are current and accurate.
Everyone has a lot on and it’s easy to forget to provide updates.
Gentle nudges when information needs to be updated are useful. If you still forget, other gentle reminders are welcome.
It is much easier to make check-ins a mandatory policy when you know that they only take a few minutes, and they can be done at your desk, on a train or over coffee. There are no excuses.
When check-ins are completed on-time it’s easy to see where help is needed and encouragement given.
Check-ins are another thing to-do each week amongst an already big list of to-dos, so they need to be really quick and easy.
ZOKRI makes it really easy to check-in OKRs, Initiatives and KPIs, and share progress, problems and priorities. Just a few minutes, once a week.
Priority sharing is a great agile team best-practice. You can see the work teams have set as Priority 1, 2, 3 in a given week without asking or calling meetings.
Getting a steady stream of wins for praise giving and momentum reporting makes this a very cool module to switch on.
When you share weekly priorities you get more support and fewer left-field requests to do work that is obviously less important because your work is visible.
Plus having fewer more important plates spinning is welcomed.
Everyone knows that meetings are expensive and often don’t deliver the return-on-the-time invested.
With ZOKRI you know that key meetings are happening and when they do, they are short, focused and valuable.
Fewer, better meetings? Yes please!
ZOKRI makes it easy to see OKRs, Initiatives, Weekly Priorities and KPIs on screen in meetings, without having to create a single slide.
Also meetings are not used for updates, check-ins are done already. We focus more on issues and planning.
It’s 2022, there should be no need to copy and paste text to reporting templates, inserting images and sending email chasers.
ZOKRI makes it easy to collate and see reports on OKR and KPI progress on-demand.
Yep, a quick reporting update is another one of those jobs-to-get-done.
Reminders when reports are due are handy, as is the ability to maintain a draft report, and share the final version only when ready.
Stretch targets is one of the more nuanced areas of goal setting.
You want to be able to make it safe to be ambitious without that being too stressful.
You also want the success of an OKR when it’s less than 100% to be a fair reflection of the progress made.
What is really fair is being able to set ambitious goals and then grade the success of an OKR not on the final % progress, but what was really achieved and learned with the time and resources available.
This one is simple, you just want to be able to easily see OKR, Initiatives, Priorities and KPIs on a desktop or mobile device.
Being able to easily see and check-in OKR, Initiatives, Priorities and KPIs on a desktop or mobile device is really really useful.
You save valuable time by reducing data double-entry using tool integrations. These include: HRIS for employees, team and reporting lines; KPIs e.g. Excel; Project / Task Tools e.g. Jira; and CRMs e.g. Hubspot
To not have to double-enter what is being worked because it’s in project software like Jira, or get KPI values as they’re in spreadsheets is a welcome time saving.
Being provided the handbooks / playbooks and software features needed to guide existing and new employees to learn OKRs, without too much hand-holding, increases the time available for the areas and people that need the most help.
Everyone has different roles and responsibilities, and therefore contributes to the company in many different ways.
And when it comes to things like appraisals, employees want to be recognised for a range of contributions. These include the work completed, company, team and personal goals and KPIs worked towards and supported, and personal traits like energy, attitude and relationships with colleagues.
ZOKRI makes it easy to see and reference the OKRs, activities and KPIs that have been owned or supported as part of a wider performance narrative.
ZOKRI also has features like check-in pulse surveys that give you and managers a weekly pulse on how people are feeling in teams.
ZOKRI is hosted in Frankfurt in Google’s ultra secure data centers, is accessed via SSO, and follows best-practice security and compliance protocols.
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ZOKRI is headquartered in the UK with coaching and customer success support in Europe and America. It’s the only non-VC backed and profitable OKR software company.
ZOKRI’s focus and success is based on non dumbing OKRs down, but understanding what helps companies use the OKR framework in a mature and successful way, and how to avoid common pitfalls with better features.
ZOKRI pricing is $12.50 per user per month with all features and integrations being accessible.
Perdoo is a German OKR company. Like ZOKRI they offer both software and coaching. And like ZOKRI they also have KPI features that are often missing with other OKR platforms.
Another plus for Perdoo is that they have a Strategic Pillar alignment feature that for corporate planning and the use of OKR as a strategy delivery framework is important.
ZOKRI offers more features for KPI management and is more configurable in how Strategy is defined. For example, you can use Balanced Scorecard / OKR hybrids as well as Pillars.
Perdoo pricing is comparable to most OKR software vendors with users based pricing at between $9.50 and $17.00 per user per month.
GTMHub is a UK headquartered OKR vendor that offers a good range of OKR features and customization options.
GTMHub does not offer Mission, Vision, Strategy modules and therefore Strategic reporting is not possible. OKR reporting like with all platforms is certainly available, as is the ability to track KPIs.
Their pricing is between $19.00 and $29.00 per user per month, with the $19.00 plan offering limited features and customization options.
Lattice is a US company that has a hybrid between an OKR tool and HR. The OKR features are where the focus of the comparison is and perhaps because of the generalization of the tool, these are not as evolved as others.
Examples of the limitations are the integrations and KPI management features are really limited. Only when you mature your OKR use will you realize how much these would be missed.
The OKR module costs $8 per user per month. There is a minimum annual agreement of $4,000. All contracts billed annually.
Betterworks is a US company that has chosen not to develop extensive OKR management capabilities in favor of investing in employee engagement survey features. As such there are key capabilities missing like Strategy and KPI management and reporting.
The OKR module costs $10 per user per month when billed quarterly. Employee engagement features are addition costs / bundles.