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"Help Me, OKR Kenobi: OKRs Explained Through Star Wars"

"Help Me, OKR Kenobi: OKRs Explained Through Star Wars"

Is your team having trouble understanding OKRs?

Try it with the Emperor as CEO and Darth Vader as his direct report.

Andrew Cedotal

January 21, 2019
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  1. Help Me, OKR Kenobi!
    OKRs explained through Star Wars
    By Andrew Cedotal ([email protected])

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  2. What are OKRs?
    OKRs are goals that you set based on
    your manager’s goals.

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  3. When to use OKRs?
    In organizations where managers know
    what needs to happen…
    ...but their reports know how to make it
    happen.

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  4. Organization-wide Goal:
    Conquer the Galaxy

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  5. The organization-wide goal has sub-goals...

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  6. ...and each sub-goal is assigned to a specific direct report.

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  7. So what makes a
    good goal?

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  8. Can we make this
    measurable?
    How about...
    #1: Measurable.

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  9. Yep, sounds like that
    supports “Conquer
    the Galaxy!”
    #1: Measurable.

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  10. Can we make this both
    measurable AND
    ambitious? How about...
    #2: Ambitious.

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  11. Hey, that would get us
    really close to conquering
    the galaxy!
    #2: Ambitious.

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  12. As your head of weapons
    research, I propose we
    rewrite this as....
    #3: Mostly written by you, not a manager.

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  13. Oh, wow, a
    PLANET-DESTROYING
    Death Star? Good rewrite;
    that is way better.
    #3: Mostly written by you, not a manager.

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  14. Keep breaking it down.
    Stop when you get to individual contributors.

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  15. Here’s the key:
    Your Objectives
    ARE
    your manager’s
    Key Results.
    OKRs are recursive, so
    everyone is synced around
    company-wide goals.

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  16. Questions?
    I’m [email protected], @cedotal on Twitter.

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