Choosing an OKR Tool

An OKR tool is software that designed to do a very specific purpose. To facilitate the creation and management of a successful company-wide OKR program. How would you know that you’ve got the right OKR tool?

Choosing an OKR Tool

An OKR tool is software that designed to do a very specific purpose. To facilitate the creation and management of a successful company-wide OKR program. How would you know that you’ve got the right OKR tool?

Evaluate Your OKR Quality

OKR tools are not just there to allow you to type in OKRs in the same way you would with Sheets or Excel. They are designed to do more.

A good tool means you’ve got good OKRs and good OKR practices running. When looking at you current OKRs see whether the following is true:

  • Succinct & Positive: Objectives are succinct, positive, ambitious and inspiring
  • KPIs: Your Key Results nearly always contain metrics that are KPIs and are measurable
  • Tasks Are Exceptions: You don’t have many or any Key Results that are Tasks
  • 100% Correlation: Your Key Results correlate with Objective achievement
  • 100% Alignment: Your Key Results are aligned top-down and bottom-up
  • Ambition: Most target metrics have been set at a level that are a stretch
  • Weekly Engagement: There are weekly check-ins across the business to inform, evaluate and optimize how OKRs are being achieved

If you’ve answered YES to these it is likely that there is a good fit between your OKR tool and your team. If the answer is no, you need to stop, re-group, re-think, and reboot your OKRs. What you are doing is sub-optimal and it’s unlikely OKRs are having the impact you’re looking for.

OKR Tool Features That Help

Guided OKR Creation

A step-by-step guide helps users with any level of OKR experience to create good, measurable OKRs. ZOKRI OKR builders are easy to use and create great OKRs.

Top Down, Bottom Up Alignment

Having OKRs align from the Top Down and making it easy for OKR Owners to align their OKRs bottom up is one of the key pillars of OKRs.

KPI Libraries

Key Results that have KPIs in them help people create better more measurable OKRs. ZOKRI has a library of KPIs ready to go and of course you can add your own. These are owned and can be updated by people or via integrations.

Easy Key Result Progress Updating

Updating Key Result progress regularly is essential. Accurate and timely progress updates not only keeps OKR owners focused on their goals, they keep everyone in the company informed and able to contribute.

To update you OKR progress you’re either going to have Key Results to update these can be ad hoc updates, regular weekly or monthly, or % complete

Weekly Confidence Updating

Confidence in achieving a Key Result compliments progress. For example, some KPIs might be available to be updated Monthly, but a Weekly Check-in where Confidence is recorded and discussed allows at Risk OKRs to be flagged and focused on ahead of time.

Simplicity

OKR tools have a job to do and the User Interface needs to make it easy. If tools are hard to use and overly complex, the training overhead can be a burden and engagement lower. This is why ZOKRI has been designed to be easy to use and onboard anyone in minutes.

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