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Instructions on how to use Goalscape to manage Objectives and Key Results (OKR):

Watch this Video and read this blog post to get started.

  1. Define your Goal structure for the year up to the first level
  2. Assign People via Responsible tags
  3. Set your relative priorities for the quarter.
  4. Define Key Results for the next quarter.
  5. Assign Key Result Tags (KR - Q1)

You can now use the filter function (top left) to filter for People and Key Results to:

  • Keep your focus
  • Run review meetings
  • Re-evaluate priorities
  • Review your progress at least every quarter

Once you have set new Key Results and priorities, you can set your progress back to zero and get a fresh start. You might want to archive the Goalscape from the last quarter before

you do that.


There is a lot to OKR but my key takeaways are:

  • Set goals in short intervals. Maximum every quarter, minimum every month. Annual goals are too long-term: they do not reflect changing circumstances and priorities; and they are not specific enough to provide the day-to-day focus required, which means they can easily be usurped by daily operations and 'firefighting'.

  • Be ambitious with your Key Results. Aim high and try to find creative ways to achieve a goal that might seem unachievable at the beginning of the quarter (or month). According to John Doerr (who introduced OKR at Google in their early days), Googlers aim to consistently achieve 70% goal completion. My interpretation of this figure is that 70% should be well achievable within the context of skills, available resources and external limitations that are known at the time when the Key Results are defined. The remaining 30% can only be achieved through synergy and creativity - and this is exactly what this process fosters like no other approach. But you need to make sure to:

  • Keep the performance evaluation process separate from the goal-setting process. The danger is that people will only commit to low goals to make sure they hit their targets and look like overachievers (sandbagging). Instead...

  • Make Key Results as specific and measurable as possible. Objectives can be more general, but Key Results MUST be measurable and concrete. Not to measure performance, but to support a focussed work ethic.

  • DonĀ“t set too many goals. Agree on up to 6 high level goals for the year (these are the Objectives) and up to 4 Key Results for the quarter per team member. This also keeps efforts AND creative thinking focussed.

  • Keep all Objectives and Key Results visible and transparent to anyone. An abstract and siloed documentation is inefficient because it does not support daily workflows and an open, constructive goal oriented culture.

Annual Goals are like New Year's resolutions. They fade and wither quickly and only result in a feeling of inadequacy. Quarterly goals foster a quicker success and learning cycle. They support focus, motivation and a result-oriented work ethic.

Goalscape is a great tool to implement OKR on a personal, team or even enterprise level.


KR - Q1

  1. Finish and publish bid specification.
  2. Aquire at least three bids.
  3. Decide on best bid.


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