Company alignment through goal setting: OKR implementation at KaiOS

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  1. Set Objectives
  2. Assign Key Results
  3. Kick-off, check-in, and reflect

Set Objectives

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  • Well-thought out
  • Not too many
  • Mix of top-down and bottom-up
  • Significant

Well-thought out

Not too many

Mix of top and bottom

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Significant

  1. Committed Objectives
  2. Aspirational Objectives

Assign Key Results

  • Outcomes, not activities
  • Specific and measurable
  • Accountable to an individual
  • KRs complete the O

Outcomes, not activities

OKR examples from the book Measure What Matters by John Doerr

Specific and measurable

Accountable to an individual

KRs complete the O (O = KR + KR + KR)

Kick-off, check-in, and reflect

  • Quarterly kick-off
  • Regular check-ins
  • End with reflection
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Quarterly kick-off

Regular check-ins

End with reflection

  1. Grade your KRs and give them a color: 0.0–0.3 is red, 0.4–0.6 is yellow, and 0.7–1.0 is green.
  2. Ask yourself questions. Did I accomplish all of my Objectives? If so, what contributed to my success? If not, what obstacles did I encounter? If I were to rewrite a goal achieved in full, what would I change? What have I learned that might alter my approach to the next quarter’s OKRs?
  3. Pay extra attention to special cases. Committed Objectives that were not met need a post-mortem. OKRs that were dropped before the end of the cycle bag the questions: what did I learn that I didn’t foresee at the beginning of the quarter? And: how will I apply this lesson in the future?
An overview of a typical OKR Cycle from “Measure What Matters.”
An overview of a typical OKR Cycle from Measure What Matters

Happy goal setting!

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