As you might have noticed, we’ve been spending a lot of time working on OKRs and our OKRs feature. We believe OKRs, when well managed, can make or break the success of an organization. And since our mission is to help organizations of all sizes accomplish more, we thought an amazing OKRs feature would make all the difference for our customers.
Anyway, I’m here today to introduce a new feature we’ve built and that we believe is incredibly useful to get better at using OKRs to manage a company: projects!
“What?”, you may ask, “projects?”
Why your organization should track Projects and OKRs alongside each other
We believe OKRs have a core benefit: making people more aware of the difference between results and efforts, and in the process, fostering a culture of focus on results. And in order to better surface the differences between the two, we believe they should coexist in a company’s execution map, and be discussed in the same rituals.
Our feature wasn’t doing that.
See, OKRs (i.e., Objectives and their Key Results) per se should only have to do with results. But there’s a whole ocean of things in an organization going on that can’t be tracked by OKRs but are nonetheless crucial to its success: all the efforts the company’s teams and individuals are making to, hopefully, achieve their results.
An example: let’s say a software company,
Melinda’s OKR is not an OKR. It’s not about results. It’s a combination of efforts that, if successful, will contribute to a result, increasing product sales. Using OKRs to track these efforts will just confound the team about the true nature of results, as something different than efforts. Melinda has to keep in mind that there’s little value to an effort if it doesn’t produce the expected results. So should she just not track her efforts? Or, better, should
We believe efforts should indeed be tracked closely. Specifically, alongside OKRs. Giving people the option to track their Projects, which are how most important efforts are organized, alongside their OKRs, helps to ensure better strategy execution and helps to bring out – and ultimately teach people – the differences between efforts and results.
Qulture.Rocks going into project management?
That’s it. We wanted to tell you about Projects and how tracking them alongside OKRs can really help you execute more and better. A bunch of articles will follow about what makes great projects and how it all looks like at the Platform.
We hope you’re stoked as we are 🙂