Objectives and Key Results or OKRs like every goal you will ever set need to be tracked. But OKRs are not like other simpler forms of goal setting, they are much better. But the framework relies on them not just being set and then forgotten.
In order to fully understand why goal tracking, and more specifically, OKR tracking matters, we need to start at the beginning with the basics. What OKRs are and why you’re using them to set your goals.
OKRs are the goal setting framework that John Doer introduced to Google. They used them to plan their growth, focus on what mattered most to their success and assign resources. They still do, but there are now hundreds of thousands of other companies also using them to do the same.
“OKRs (Objectives & Key Results) have helped lead us to 10× growth, many times over. They’ve helped make our crazily bold mission of ‘organizing the world’s information’ perhaps even achievable. They’ve kept me and the rest of the company on time and on track when it mattered the most.“
CEO Alphabet & co-founder of Google
Before you can track goals there are of course skills to be developed around planning what to measure and track, and how to craft OKRs that measure what matters in a non business-as-usual way. Part of what ZOKRI offers is expert OKR training via our global coaching network to ensure those skills are acquired.
You will know you’re ready for goal tracking when you are able to cascade your Mission like Google through to OKRs that are focused on the key pillars of your strategy, and you can align every project / task – Initiative in your company around those, you can feel the change in momentum. Everyone is pushing in the right direction. To make this alignment easy, ZOKRI allows you to connect your strategic OKRs to projects and tasks in software like Jira, Trello and Asana, seamlessly.
What’s even more exciting is when you have new insights into what is on track and what needs attention at cadence that makes change possible and goal achievement even more likely. This is why you set and track OKRs and you create systems and processes around them that ensure the inputs are entered and the outputs discussed and acted upon.
What can go wrong with OKRs and can be avoided with planning?
There’s a video outlining 5 common mistakes below. The two recurring and easily avoidable things that relate specifically to OKR tracking are:
If you’re looking to succeed with OKR the best advice we can give you is:
OKR Software that makes goal and OKR tracking easy
ZOKRI has been created to make the creation and tracking of SMART goals or OKRs that have cascaded from your strategy and align with your teams projects and tasks easy.
All of the ways you may need to track progress are there. These include: