OKRs

Better, Faster
August 2017

While you may think OKRs are something served with fried chicken and grits, they’re not. That’s okra. It has a lot of fiber and is good for you. Eat it.

OKRs on the other hand, are an elegant method for tying together your short-term action items and your long term objectives. The O is for Objectives, and the KR is for Key Results. Together, they’re magic. For more details on exact how OKRs work, see my previous blog post.

With Google’s adoption of OKRs a few years ago, they are becoming all the rage. In this issue of Better, Faster, we’re covering a few good writeups that explain what they are and how you can use them to improve your focus and accelerate your progress.

And if you need a good okra recipe, here is one of my favorites.


TWO EXAMPLES OF WEAK OKRs AND HOW TO FIX THEM
by Bruce Eckfeldt

My most recent post, a follow up to my introduction to OKRs published last year, gives specific examples to help you set better OKRs, and more importantly, reach them. 

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SUPERPOWERS AT WORK: OKRs
by Rick Klau

From the master himself, Rick Klau, a partner at Google Ventures who introduced OKRs there, explains why OKRs give teams the superpower to see into the future. Superman, eat your heart out.
 
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A GOAL SETTING SYSTEM I LEARNED AT GOOGLE (AND STILL USE AT MY CURRENT VENTURE)
by Karl Sun

Karl Sun, founder of Lucid Software, explains why and how they adopted OKRs and outlines a nice system of rating success using a 1-10 scale at the end of each quarter. Karl does a great job strategic R&D, rip off and duplicate.
 
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HOW TO BUILD A GREAT COMPANY CULTURE LIKE GOOGLE, ACCORDING TO AN EX-GOOGLER
by Glenn Leibowitz

Great story of how Glenn Leibowitz--yes, another ex-Google employee--used OKRs at his company PeerStreet to ensure they maintained focus and clarity even when they started to grow quickly. Supports my mantra, “the faster you want to go, the more you need to focus.”

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