What’s the relation between OKRs versus KPIs?

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Chances are that in some point of your life you have used some kind of Key Performance Indicators. With OKRs there are Key Results and that can be confusing. Don’t worry they are almost exactly the same thing. So, if you have used KPI’s you already have a upper hand in using key results.

The Key Result portion of the OKR is a measurement that supports the Objective. Therefore, the Key Result actually incorporates the KPI. In other words, everyone who uses OKRs is also automatically using KPIs.

What’s the Eisenhower Matrix?

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The Matrix is a 4-square grid. The top 2 boxes are respectively labeled Urgent and Not Urgent at the top. The top row is labeled Important to the left, and the bottom row is labeled Not Important.

The Eisenhower matrix expedites time management. You list all the tasks for your day in one or another of the boxes. As you list them in the box, do so by priority. When finished, address the Urgent/Important Tasks immediately and dismiss the Not Urgent/Not Important tasks.

If possible, delegate the items in the Urgent/Not Important box or leave them for the future, when there are no more important tasks. The Non Urgent/Important tasks should be assigned a completion date, but they should never take priority over Urgent/Important tasks.

What’s the relation between OKRs and S.M.A.R.T?

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SMART is an acronym for:

  • Specific – they are clearly understood by everyone in the team
  • Measurable – you can always get a clear idea of how well you’re doing
  • Achievable – when planning, there’s no point in deciding to fulfill all dreams in a year. Make sure you think what you really could do.
  • Relevant – the goals you set must be important for your company. The goal shouldn’t be “Let’s hire 20 people” but “Let’s increase the revenue enough in order to hire 20 people.”
  • Time-bound – they have a specific due date for completion to resist the urge to say “okey, we’ll do it next year.”

SMART methodology is often used when setting Objectives as it makes sure your objectives are well thought out and focused enough.

What’s the relation between OKRs versus MBO?

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The birth of OKRs can be traced back to Peter Drucker, one of the first managerial thinkers, who, in the 1950s introduced a system called “Management by Objectives” (MBOs) that called for setting objectives for everyone who works in a company. These goals had to “lay out what contributions a given individual and their unit are expected to make to help other units obtain their objectives.

So, you could say OKRs are a more advance version of MBOs.

What’s PPP – Plans, Progress, Problems?

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PPP or “Plans, Progress, Problems” is one of the easiest weekly reporting methodologies. ‘Weekly status reporting consists of 3 different questions or categories:

  • Plans. What are you planning? (Future);
  • Progress. What have you done? (Past);
  • Problems. What problems are you facing? (Present).

Each week employees answer these questions (without writing long essays) and a manager can get an overview of what’s going on.

You can read more about PPP from Weekdone weekly reporting page

How to connect OKRs to weekly planning and tracking?

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OKRs work best if KR performance is measured regularly. You can use a combination of weekly status reporting and OKRs by linking each weekly task to a KR. If a weekly task can not be linked to a KR, you need to think long and hard if the task is necessary to achieve your goals.

What is a Smart Goal?

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Smart goals follow the SMART framework for goal setting.

Smart goals are:

  • Specific: is the KR well-defined and understandable for everyone?
  • Measurable: can you measure success or failure?
  • Achievable: is it realistically possible to do?
  • Relevant: is this KR important for your objective?
  • Time-bound: have I clearly established when the goal must be met? For OKRs this time is usually one quarter

You can read more about SMART goals from Weekdone’s SMART goals.

How can you prioritize goals?

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You can use the Eisenhower Matrix for your goal setting. The Matrix is a 4-square grid. The top 2 boxes are respectively labeled Urgent and Not Urgent at the top. The top row is labeled Important to the left, and the bottom row is labeled Not Important.

You list all your goals in one or another of the boxes. As you list them in the box, do so by priority. When finished, address the Urgent/Important Goals immediately and dismiss the Not Urgent/Not Important tasks.

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