More and more organizations are realizing the importance of achieving strategic alignment – setting strategic objectives and sets of key results that teams throughout the organization will be focused on achieving. The Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) framework is the leading approach organizations are using to achieve strategic alignment.
At AgileSparks, We’ve been helping our clients leverage OKRs in connection with Agile frameworks such as Scrum, SAFe(r), Kanban in order to achieve the powerful combination of agility and strategic alignment.
We help our clients explore, implement, and mainly guide them in successfully scaling OKRs.
Many clients bring us in to help them fix some problems they’re seeing with their OKR implementation. They’re realizing that while some of the OKR mechanics might be in place, they’re not seeing the benefits. We call that OKR Theater – it includes anti-patterns such as too many output- based OKRs and too little focus on outcomes and optionality. Too much micro-management and too little autonomy/agency.
We leverage the principles of agility – empiricism, self-management, continual improvement, to help organizations level up their OKR implementations and achieve the strategic alignment goal they set out to achieve using OKRs.
We typically start with an OKR Training class or an OKR Implementation Workshop and continue with OKR coaching on the ground with the people crafting OKRs at all levels. Whether it’s when you prepare to set annual OKRs, when you’re reviewing them on a quarterly basis, or when you’re planning your next increment of work with the OKRs in mind.
We challenge your comfort zone around OKRs. And it goes beyond how to craft a good OKR and how to create an effective OKR hierarchy to keep them meaningful, aligning and empowering all the way to the team level. We also help you inspect your team structure/topology and help you reorganize your teams in a way that enables them to focus on specific OKRs.
Working w/ OKRs