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Overview of objectives and key results

Set inspiring objectives for your team to get everyone aligned to one mission. Quantify success with fact-based key results for each objective. Organize and plan work to hit those key results with workstreams. Divide and conquer the work by assigning and scheduling action items.

Objectives should the drive work the team does, so the team doesn't spend its time reacting to fire drills and emails. When everyone can see the work to be done and the part they play in the big picture, they won’t just perform, they'll outperform. Workboard will help you visualize objectives in powerful dashboards and make them easily accessible.

The most successful teams set objectives in aggressive quarter-length sprints, but Workboard supports objectives of any length, be it several weeks or the whole year. The workstreams and key results that support the objective can have a longer or shorter cadence, or align with the start or end of the objective.

Today, many high velocity organizations use a technique called Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) to move forward faster. OKRs are a powerful method of driving real clarity, a higher sense of purpose, and aligning near-term actions to desired near-term business outcomes. While leaders want the organization to be more agile and accountable, they often lack an agile model for driving clarity, accountability and transparency – OKRs are an ideal solution.

Objectives and key results

Set qualitative, mission-driven objectives that inspire achievement and alignment. Key results define how you will measure success for your objective in a given time period.

The objective Move key apps to the cloud so patients can access their data anywhere might have key results, or metrics, like Migrate 10 patient-facing apps this quarter and Reduce data migration time from 30 days to 7 days. These are specific, measurable outcomes on the objective to make data more accessible to patients.

The objective is what you want to achieve; key results are how you define and measure success.

Use workstreams to categorize and organize what the team needs to do to reach its objective and key results. For instance a Cloud Candidates workstream may include action items for identifying the apps to migrate to cloud along with the assessment and readiness steps. Workstreams for Migration might capture the migration activities for the ten apps. These workstreams can update key results directly and automatically as work is completed. This makes it clear how an individual member of the IT team's actions and work impact the CIO's objectives.

You can also source key results from other key results. For example, a CIO key result to Decommission 1200 servers might source key results from three different data center owners, each with key results for their respective servers. This method rolls up key results relevant to the CIO while allowing each organization to define aligned objectives and measure what's relevant to their team or group.

Get fast score cards for a whole business by sourcing a objective from other objectives. Create a single, top-level objective that automatically rolls up the objectives from ​your e-staff​ objectives or other objectives. The detail view on the parent objective will show the current status of each ​child objective, and you can click into each one to see individual key result details. ​ This is a fast way to derive business unit objectives.


Learn more about the OKR methodology and see sample OKRs in this eBook:

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