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Tag: OKRs

A practical definition of “mission” for high-growth companies

Francisco Homem de Mello

"If people do not internalize the organization's mission and vision, they will not use them to make day-to-day decisions, and if they do not use them in their daily lives, all the effort will have been in vain." -**Pete Babich** Mission and OKRs: an important intro We're big fans of OKRs (when done right) and [...]

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OKRs for product teams: how to use them properly

Francisco Homem de Mello

The Creamery, where we held 20 OKR coaching sessions for YC startups.

This is the first article on a series about the most common problems startups face when implementing OKRs. This first one talks about the challenges in using OKRs to run product teams. Stay tuned for others as we release them! A couple of months ago, I spent two days at The Creamery, in San Francisco, [...]

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What is Agile Performance Management?

Francisco Homem de Mello

Tl;dr: agile performance management means grabbing the whole performance management toolkit that we know (performance reviews, grades, rankings, and goals - everything done on an yearly cycle) and adapting it to a faster-paced world, where priorities shift fast, and people want real-time, ongoing feedback. The evolution of Performance Management It all started with the fathers [...]

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OKRs: Using Them to Write New Year’s Resolutions

Francisco Homem de Mello

journey

We’ve been using our personal New Year’s resolutions at Qulture.Rocks to learn and teach basic concepts of how OKRs should work, and we’re not alone. We’re definitely not fans of using metaphors and analogies to talk about OKRs, since we think there’s a huge risk of not getting the right concepts through to people, but [...]

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What are OKRs: Objectives and Key Results

Francisco Homem de Mello

rocket

“OKRs” stands for Objectives and Key Results. OKRs are a tool for guiding and executing the strategy of the organization. They happen through the deployment of business Objectives throughout individuals and teams. In some respects, they follow the same logic as traditional goals, based on the Balanced Scorecard, Hoshin Kanri, or Management by Objectives, but they [...]

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Why use OKRs to manage your company?

Francisco Homem de Mello

management

OKRs are a management tool that brings many great benefits to any company that uses them the right way. Let’s see what some of these benefits are. Focus and prioritization  OKRs force organizations (and teams and individuals) to prioritize the most important business results in a given period (for example, next quarter), and ripple that [...]

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OKRs: let’s ditch those terrible metaphors

Francisco Homem de Mello

teaching

After years of studying OKRs, I can say that 99% of the content available out there does more harm than good for those who want to learn how to use OKRs to drive organizational performance. These people are clearly well-intentioned and did a great job popularizing Objectives and Key-Results. But the examples given leave more [...]

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What is Performance Management?

Francisco Homem de Mello

What is performance management? We’ve talked to several HR departments on a daily basis that don’t know this definition very well or simply mix up performance management wir performance rating. In any way, it is crystal clear that within the scope of performance management there is a measuring component as well as an improvement or [...]

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A Brief History of Objectives and Key Results

Francisco Homem de Mello

OKRs are an old staple of business management, rebranded, repurposed, and tweaked to 21st century necessities of companies and professionals. It all started with the fathers of management: Taylor, Ford, and the sorts, who began treating business like a science. How so? They figured they could measure output, and then formulate hypotheses as to how [...]

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Understanding OKRs

Francisco Homem de Mello

Interested in understanding how OKRs cascade down an organization? Look no further than Qulture.Rocks' Google Sheets template: Understanding OKRs

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