The 10 Best OKR Tools
Let’s talk about OKRs. It stands for Objectives and Key Results, and is the framework used to bring best practice goal setting to any company. Once embedded with an OKR tool, they will improve alignment performance.

As the popularity of OKRs has grown over the last few decades so has OKR tool popularity. There are now a number of software tools out there to choose from. All of them appear to have similar features, but that’s the issue, how would you know what the best OKR tool is for you?

We’ve pulled together a list of the 10 best OKR tools for you to review and trial. You can then find the right one and succeed with OKRs and bring the full benefit of the framework to your company.
OKRs – The Basics

Most people have set goals using frameworks like SMART. Well OKRs are a better way of setting goals than SMART.

The key benefits of OKRs over SMART and other goal setting methods would be:

  • Goals cascade and will improve alignment between Company, Team and Individual Goals.

  • Targets are set to be hard and a stretch by default – this helps to improve performance in companies.

  • Key Results are grouped so that a better definition of an Objective achievement can be created.

  • Better focus is encouraged where you ‘Measure What Matters‘.

OKRs as a way of setting goals have been around for many years and have been used in companies such as Intel and Google. Pioneers include Andy Grove and John Doerr who implemented them and achieved great success. 

OKR success is simple, when implemented and embedded correctly they work. They improve alignment, performance, teamwork, collaboration, and focus – as well many other factors seen in the life of an organization.

Often teams are introduced to OKRs in a spreadsheet, and in some ways this can be a good place to start learning. But using a sheet as an OKR tool to write, share, and track OKRs will usually fail quite quickly. The main problem with this sure failure is a guaranteed negative sentiment to a certain extent towards OKRs, not exactly how they were implemented. If this is the case, then you should reboot and get the enthusiasm back in your teams.

It’s time to move from a spreadsheet and adopt an OKR tool – and there’s a good number of OKR tool vendors to choose from. Like with a spreadsheet, all will allow you to add Objectives and Key Results. But not all tools are optimized to ensure you see success in embedding OKRs in your culture. Your OKR tool needs to be accepted as the means by which you set and track goals without thinking about it.

How do OKR tools help you track Objectives and Key Results? What does the right software look like – especially as it will become a huge part of your overall OKR success story?

Here’s some information about what you should know if you’re considering adopting an OKR tool. We’ve also compiled a shortlist of great OKR tools, software and platforms that you may want to try.

But you should really think about this before you do – review the points below.

Before you sign up, plan to use your OKR tool
Before you sign up,
plan to use your OKR tool

The best way to succeed with an OKR tool is when you plan how you are going to use it. It sounds strange, but it’s true. Here are some steps to help you plan for your chosen OKR tool.

  • Define your Mission, Vision and Purpose

  • Take time to think about your North Star metric – the one metric that guides the entire company. This metric would tell you that you’re succeeding in delivering your Vision.

  • Find and define your pillars – usually three are plenty. These are the battlegrounds you need in order to win and thrive as an organization.

  • What are your cultural values and behaviours? Define them clearly for all to see – let everyone know how to behave, how to respond and how to make decisions in the company. These should happen without being told or asked, they should be natural reactions embedded in the culture of the organization. Aligning these with OKR principles like teamwork and being ambitious is encouraged.

  • Focus on KPIs that are leading indicators. This means KPIs that predict the future and change lagging indicators. Revenue or Churn would be a couple of examples.

  • Craft your first company OKRs. These need to align with your chosen pillars.

  • Teams can now create OKRs to align with the company OKRs – and in turn align with each other.

  • Projects or a group of tasks will often help towards achieving Key Results. We call these Initiatives. Define these Initiatives that will achieve your OKRs and separate out the ones that can be completed now and the ones that will be completed once those are finished.

Here’s a video that explores 7 steps to embedding OKRs first time.

Be clear about what you’re wanting to achieve
Be clear about what you’re wanting to achieve

Start thinking about how your OKRs could fail. Again, this sounds strange but it’s important in realising what OKR tool is best for you and how it will help you achieve.

  • Your chosen tool must be able to bring all the above together in one place – there is no point in fragmenting the OKR process by having them in docs, sheets or PPTs. Having your OKRs separated like this will be detrimental to their success.

  • The tool needs to guide you and your users into following the best practice. Separating OKRs from Initiatives and setting hard to achieve targets is an example of best practice. Setting and achieving easy targets at 100% promotes a skewed measurement on performance and success. 

  • The ability to conduct Check-ins and team meetings is crucial to OKR success. They keep teams engaged and focus is placed on what is holding people back.

  • Senior Management teams need to be able to spotlight on areas with the biggest problems – this isn’t to point blame but to make sure that problems are fixed and the right decisions are made at the right time.

  • Your chosen OKR tool needs to integrate with common task management software such as Trello, Jira, Asana, Basecamp and Monday. This allows OKRs to have Initiatives that can be as big as a project board in Trello or a small task – and of course become part of the Check-in process.

  • If you’re “measuring what matters” you will need to be able to have KPI integrations with platforms such as GA, Jira and Hubspot. 

  • Being reminded or alerted to something is important – perhaps someone is struggling to achieve a Key Result and they are reaching out for help. Find an OKR tool that offers this – after all, this can’t be achieved in a spreadsheet or doc.

  • Preparing for one-on-ones, stand-ups, team meetings and board meetings takes time. Having an agenda that is immediately ready to go is a valuable asset and something to think about when selecting OKR software. Imagine your teams going into a meeting already knowing how they are doing and what they are doing. As a company leader, imagine immediately knowing what they plan to do next and how they will achieve it, or what’s holding them back from success – incredibly useful.

  • Micromanagement needs to be stopped – it’s very harmful behaviour. This is achievable if the right OKR tool is embedded as micromanagement questions like “how are you doing?” or “what are you doing?” become unnecessary. The question changes to a much more healthy “how can I help?”.

  • The right OKR tool puts people in control. It allows autonomy. Engaged users work towards achieving Initiatives and drive progress in a more autonomous way due to visibility, transparency and accountability in teams. 

  • Conversations about performance and compensation around OKRs is considered not the best practice. However an OKR tool that bridges the gap between OKRs and PDPs without undermining factors like teamwork and collaboration with help, not hinder, overall performance.

We’ve made a short video that explores the common mistakes you might want to avoid.

Top 10 OKR Tools

Here is a list of the top 10 OKR tools that will help with some or all of the points made above. Yes – there is an obvious bias, but we created ZOKRI with the intention to achieve all of the above points to help organizations of any size succeed in OKR discovery, embedding and improved performance in one OKR tool.

1 – ZOKRI

Succeed in using OKRs to create happier, more engaged and better performing teams with ZOKRI.

ZOKRI is an OKR tool that has been designed from the ground up to ensure OKRs are easy to create, track and that best practice is always followed. In ZOKRI teams are engaged, feel happier and perform better –  delivering the improvements you are looking for.

Every point above around planning OKRs can be achieved in ZOKRI. Your Mission, Visions and Purpose can be defined while your Culture and KPIs are made clear to everyone in your organization. At the same time OKRs and Initiatives are being planned and worked on.

ZOKRI is the class leader in creating Initiatives and being able to align and track them. We consider Initiatives as the engine room of performance – they aid in the achievement of OKRs. Therefore, this is a big deal.

Cultural values and behaviour recognition can be facilitated in ZOKRI, with additional surveys and reports on your employee’s wellbeing. This allows you to create focused PDPs as the information is immediately available to you. 

ZOKRI is an OKR tool that should certainly be on your shortlist.

Plans & Pricing

Free for unlimited users forever.

OKR consultants recommend the Standard Plan.
Unlock features with the Standard Plan of $10 per month/per user.

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

2 – Asana

Asana is one of the most popular and widely recognised project management tools on the market – allowing companies and teams the flexibility to set themselves OKRs.

As a premium, the Goals Tab in Asana is where OKRs can be set in the similar style as tasks. These tasks are then assigned to teams and can be given an owner. Due dates are set and real time progress can be viewed.

The Goals tab is only available to paying customers on the Asana Business plan, however rudimentary OKRs can be constructed as tasks and assigned an owner but progress will have to be manually updated on a regular basis as comments on the tasks.

It’s important to note that ZOKRI integrates with Asana which allows you to create Key Results or Initiatives from Asana projects or tasks seamlessly.

Plans & Pricing

Paid plans start from $9.99 per user/per month.
OKR features are unlocked in the The Business Plan which is $25 per user/per month.

3 – JIRA

Jira is project software used by agile Engineering and Development teams – mostly used to track, plan and release software. However Jira have created a great OKR template which can be downloaded then synced with the software.

The downloadable template is free for 30 days with an already existing Jira account.

Employees are invited to join, OKRs can be set and then graded on progress through time. Objectives can be synced and linked with Jira Epics and Issues with ease. Tasks can be linked up as well.

Typically, work is marked as “In Progress” or “Done” once finished – then a final grade is applied.

Plans & Pricing

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

4 – Lattice

Lattice is an OKR tool used by companies to track and monitor their Objectives and Key results. Users can see clear goals that everyone in the organization is working towards.

Plans & Pricing

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

Betterworks can be used to keep all teams focused on goals that matter. Progress of each goal can be monitored and viewed and allows the opportunity to give feedback on performance real time.

Plans & Pricing

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

6 – Weekdone

Weekdone can be used by teams looking to set structured goals and organize their Objectives. This means that team coordination is improved. Weekly goals and quarterly goals can be separated. Progress on OKRs can be tracked.

Plans & Pricing

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

7 – Perdoo

Perdoo combines growth strategy and goals with people in their OKR setting software. CEOs and managers can communicate strategy in Perdoo so that employees are able to align KPIs.

Plans & Pricing

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

8 – Koan

Koan lets users roll out Objectives and combine company metrics with team qualitative insights. OKRs are visualized and teamwork is made easy.

Plans & Pricing

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

9 – Ally

Ally is software that ensures remote teams stay focused on the goals and outcomes that align with the company’s overall strategy. OKRs are crafted easily and can be updated easily as well.
Alignment can be viewed by everyone.

Plans & Pricing

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

10 – Profit

Profit allows teams to focus and track team and individual Objectives – as well as being able to see user engagement on the goals that are set.

Employees can comment and reward others for achieving these goals.

Plans & Pricing

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