OKRs are deceptively simple. Reading a book or watching a video may make it sound easy. However, its not a simple plug-n-play approach. Implementing OKRs is about creating the right culture and ecosystem for OKRs to thrive. It’s about a new agile leadership mindset that allows people to show up feeling empowered to make this change.
There are a few documents that are key to create a culture where outcomes are at the center. Quite often, it simply boils down to extract existing knowledge in a structured way.
A lot of meetings could be replaced by emails, but there are a few must-have rituals that will drastically improve collaboration.
Startups need to be focused and flexible. OKRs can help a lot with the former, but they'll quickly stiffen your team if you start cascading your goals.
You can't just throw OKRs in a spreadsheet and expect your team to be outcome-driven. You need first to get the right culture to create an environment where teams can iterate to reach their goals.
There's a lot that we can learn from software teams to improve the OKRs process.
You need to focus on value rather than deadlines for OKRs to be successful. Adopting a Now, Next, Later format for your roadmaps is a simple way to achieve that.
OKRs can easily be seen as another cumbersome process taking people away from their job. Avoid that by getting your team involved right from the start.
OKRs are supposed to help improve focus, clarify priorities, and build alignment,right? I have seen them do just that. However, misuse them and they will not in fact, they could do the exact opposite.