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Sheldon J. Plankton and his OKR

What you focus on matters and if something isn’t working, try something different. Plankton, almost aimlessly, pursues an Objective he consistently fails at without stopping to reevaluate his methodology.

April 16, 2021

Hans Gruber in Die Hard: Stealing the Day with OKRs

Gruber’s plan seemed like a stroke of genius. Dying at John McClane’s hands (Yippee-ki-yay Mother…[NSFW]) was not a potential outcome Hans accounted for. This objective needed to be a committed effort with an adaptive strategy and flawless execution. 60-70% achievement wouldn’t cut it.

March 19, 2021

Efficiency is for robots

Ferrari 812 Superfast gets 13 miles per gallon (about 18l/100km). Macallan 18 is a single malt whiskey aged for 18 years in sherry-seasoned casks sourced from Spain. 50&50 is a blend of Capannelle Sangiovese with Tuscan Merlot – aged about 24 months in barrique and best consumed 20 to 28 years after the bottling. Wagyu

January 27, 2021

On rituals and rules

I was raised Catholic. Back in the day, when we were all young, a new priest came to my town. It was his first post, and as it usually goes when someone does something for the first time, he decided to do things differently. Instead of an old lady playing the organ, he formed a

January 25, 2021

How to write great OKRs

There is one thing that organizations of any type should master if they want to leverage the OKR superpowers – writing great OKRs. Why so? Because the quality of your OKRs can affect the achievement of your goals in the long run.

September 9, 2020

How OKRs & Agile methodologies work together

It may not be evident at first sight, but something both OKRs and Agile methodologies have in common is the goal to bridge the gap between strategy and execution and improve adaptability. With that in mind, there are ways you can leverage best practices from both methodologies to accelerate progress.

June 24, 2020

OKRs for the Engineering team

Here, we’ll discuss some of the fundamentals of OKRs creation, including how to craft an effective engineering OKR. We’ll also provide OKR examples for inspiration at all levels of the engineering team: individuals, managers and the entire team.

February 17, 2020

A Contrarian Approach to OKRs

In times past, I spent many an hour worrying about goal setting and OKRs in particular. For me, concerns usually fell into one of 5 big buckets: Defining inspirational OKRs . . . Not sure about you, but I find that creating inspiration is hard work! Stretch goals. . . Can’t I just focus on

August 12, 2019

OKRs: Gtmhub vs Spreadsheets

When just starting with OKRs, many organizations decide to start with something simple – often a Google Sheets or Excel template. Most people think that an OKRs platform can only help them once they master OKRs, but good OKR software can help you along the whole journey. Ultimately, an organization will use OKRs and Gtmhub

May 21, 2019

Outcomes over Output; or why OKRs are here to stay

OKRs are a white-hot topic at the moment. The management methodology which took roots in technology companies of Silicon Valley is now being implemented by banks, cities, corporates; small startups and world’s largest enterprises equally. While there is undeniable hype around OKRs, some are wondering if the whole thing is not just a fad. Is

April 4, 2019

The power of passive-aggressive OKRs ?

At the start of each quarter, one of the things I enjoy the most is setting passive-aggressive OKRs. Yeah, I am a lot of fun to work with. In general, I think people underestimate the potential of fringe management approaches such as embracing awkwardness or practicing the art of passive-aggressiveness – but, that’s a whole another

February 19, 2019

OKR example: Software development

OKRs are simple, but not easy. The main problem people have when defining their OKRs is switching from an output (what I need to do) to an outcome (what I need to achieve) mindset. This is particularly true in functions such as software development, where releasing features [on time] and fixing bugs has traditionally been

February 18, 2019

The Relevant Organisation

What is relevance? Yuval Noah Harari’s latest book, 21 lessons for the 21st Century is a great quick read. Describing how new technologies are impacting labour markets, Harari identifies a new threat to workers everywhere: irrelevance. Whereas workers in the 20th century were at risk of exploitation, in the future, billions of workers will face the prospect

February 4, 2019

OKRs: It’s about the struggle. Embrace it.

At Gtmhub, we’ve been doing OKRs for over 3 years now (duh!). We help a lot of our customers with advice and experience – so, one would think that we never struggle with OKRs. And, one would be wrong. The struggle is the point Today during our weekly OKRs retrospective meeting we started a discussion

October 30, 2018

ROI from OKRs – Measure!

In this blog series, we will be looking at the potential return on investment from implementing Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). Across 5 articles we will look a how the different characteristics of OKRs drive return on investment (ROI). In this second article, we will review how measurement drives performance.

October 22, 2018