You’ve read John Doerr’s New York Times bestseller, “Measure What Matters.” The OKR methodology intrigued you to the point of testing the protocol with your teams. You’ve seen many of the promised benefits, although your Microsoft Office execution has proven cumbersome and difficult to manage administratively. To optimize performance and to implement the OKR system at scale you will need a dedicated software platform. Only then will you realize the truly transformative values of Objectives and Key Results.
In this article, we’ll detail how the transparency created by a dedicated, cloud-based software platform enables Alignment, Engagement, and Collaboration to deliver superior results for your organization.
Transparency is Imperative
A dedicated OKR Software platform allows everyone in the organization to view the Objectives and Key Results of everyone else, all the way up to the CEO’s goals. And, everyone has visibility into the progress towards achievement of these goals throughout the quarter.
Best-in-class OKR Software providers bring the entire OKR lifecycle into one system, allowing you to navigate a digital dashboard to:
- Set and manage measurable objectives
- Align your teams to top corporate priorities
- Regularly monitor and measure progress
- Use analytics/reports to accelerate results
How OKR Software Enables Alignment
The software platform’s alignment chart allows top corporate objectives to be cascaded from the C-Suite to department heads and team leaders. Now informed of the top company priorities, these leaders can work with their teams in a mix of top-down and bottom-up goal planning to contribute to their achievement. In this manner, everyone is aware of the top company imperatives and understands how their team’s and their personal performance helps to move the needle.
How OKR Software Improves Engagement
As opposed to other management philosophies, OKRs encourage a blend of both top-down and bottom-up goal setting. There are several advantages to the company. By giving teams the freedom to brainstorm their own contributions, they can tap into valuable insight into their systems and operations. Further, this process creates stronger commitment and buy-in from those teams and individuals.
With the transparency enabled by OKR software, the entire organization can view everyone’s performance. This creates accountability obviously but also drives a higher level of engagement as contributors are focused on meeting or exceeding goals they helped create.
OKR Software’s Transparency Encourages Collaboration and Teamwork
Another significant benefit of the software platform is the ability of teams to see how the objectives of other departments can contribute to their efforts. No more duplication of time and effort as teams operate in silos. Once again alignment charts offer the visibility for teams to collaborate. Sales has a goal to increase revenues by 20%. But first, they need the new application developed by Engineering and the presentation materials created by Marketing.
In best-in-class software, teams view co-dependencies on a digital dashboard in a single pane of glass.
We hope this short article has helped you to discern how a robust, cloud-based OKR Software platform can help you to realize the superpowers of OKRs.
Are you a CEO guiding a company? An executive responsible for managing teams? Does aligning employee performance to company goals matter, and are you responsible for driving results? If so, please check out a live demo of Atiim OKR & Goals Management Software and we’d love to hear your thoughts.