OKRs for Engineering

The first companies that used OKRs (Intel, Google etc.) are product and engineering lead companies. It's therefore no surprise that ZOKRI is used by Engineers for OKRs.

Most software engineering teams work with agile methodologies and use software like JIRA to run their team. The challenge with that is only engineering teams use JIRA and therefore other teams are not aware of what Engineering is trying to achieve and their progress. The opposite is also true, Engineering is not aware of how teams like Sales, Marketing, and Customer Success is doing.

With ZOKRI you've a place for a single team to set goal, measure what matters, and increase transparency, alignment and performance.

OKRs for Engineering

The first companies that used OKRs (Intel, Google etc.) are product and engineering lead companies. It's therefore no surprise that ZOKRI is used by Engineers for OKRs.

Most software engineering teams work with agile methodologies and use software like JIRA to run their team. The challenge with that is only engineering teams use JIRA and therefore other teams are not aware of what Engineering is trying to achieve and their progress. The opposite is also true, Engineering is not aware of how teams like Sales, Marketing, and Customer Success is doing.

With ZOKRI you've a place for a single team to set goal, measure what matters, and increase transparency, alignment and performance.

Creating OKRs for Engineering Teams

There are 3 categories of Engineering Key Results used as part of team OKRs. The first is operational. Key Results are aligned to the delivery of what is being engineered. Key Results that are operational and linked to EPICS, Tasks, and Sub-tasks - often updated through an integration with software like JIRA.

The second category is KPI based and can set goals for KPIs like performance, bugs, and speed to resolve issues. You can track KPIs in ZOKRI, and use KPIs in Key Results. The third is more initiative based where specific actives have been identified as goals that support the achievement of other parent OKRs. This can include initiatives like recruitment and training for example.

This is where the cascading ability of OKRs is used to create top-down and bottom up alignment. You can set high-level engineering goals that are connected to the needs of other teams like Product Management, Sales and Customer Success. You can then set operational goals, and have those align with more Initiative based goal setting.

It Works, So Try It

ZOKRI works. It’s a simple as that. The combination of OKRs, KPIs, operational integration and team alignment has a big impact on performance and culture. Give it a go.

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