Publish an objective to share with your colleagues.
Objectives should inspire and point to things to achieve in the far future. They are tied to be worked with a sense of urgency in the short term by metrics defined in the form of key results.
Define your objectives for significant goals. Do not define a wish list, your day-to-day routine, or issues you would deal with anyway.
Define an objective to pursue during the specified period. An OKR cycle typically runs within three months. For this period of time the ideal number may range between three and 5. But all depends on your organization and context. You define your objectives to keep focused. Therefore keep in mind that for goal setting less is more.
There is a specific section to describe your objective more thoroughly if you need to. Keep in mind that a precise and short description is king, so the short description may be enough. There is also room for further details in additional sections on motivation, people involved, desired impact, and deliverables. Use them if you need to make your case easier to understand by adding additional information.
Objectives are typically attached to strategic themes. They may be categorizes, especially by objective type. You should see this categorization tools as an option if you find it useful to create alternative views. If they do no good, simply do not use them.
The document type objective provides the following properties:
Please note that only information about specific properties is provided here. Common document property used by all document types are documented by Document Properties.
Specify the type of the objective to organize them.
Use the objective type to define types of objectives.
Relate the objective to a theme.
Typically the objective is added to a theme as child document. In this case the reference to the theme is automatically rendered.
List other objectives this objective supports. The objectives listed here will be rendered in the Supporting Objectives section.
The start date when the pursuing of this objective begins.
Typically the objective is added to a theme as child document. In this case the start date is automatically rendered.
Note that the Start property is hidden and rendered as part of the Cycle property.
The end date when this objective ended.
Typically the objective is added to a theme as child document. In this case the end date is automatically rendered.
Note that the End property is hidden and rendered as part of the Cycle property.
For brevity and to save space the start and end date are rendered with the Cycle property as a period.
Log the date the objective is planned to be solved.
The deadline allows to order objectives and provide a more fine-grained structuring within the defined cycle.
If you need to prioritize the objectives, then use the Sort Key property.
Reference a priority to related this objective's importance to other objectives.
Log the value scored by the end of the period. The format of the value is a decimal value between .01 (or .05) and 1.
In case the short description is not enough, the description section provides room for more detailed information about the objective.
Describe why this objective is useful for your business. State the problem to be solved.
You may run the 5-whys to dig deeper.
List key results to measure the level of success in accomplish the objective. The completion of all key results must result in the achievement of the objective.
Check to pair key results to aim at quality and quantity to make sustainable progress.
Key results added as child documents are automatically listed.
Provide a check-in for each interval within a cycle.
Check-ins added as child documents are automatically listed.
List all objectives that support this objective.
All objectives that declare this objective as their logical parent are automatically listed.
List objectives that are related to get in touch with the owners to solve problems or discuss opportunities.
All objectives of the same type are automatically listed.
Add a reference to an objective this objective extends or continues with. This makes it easier to access related information.
The list of previous objectives is automatically rendered.
This is one way of keeping track of objectives from the past that will be worked on in this cycle. Another option is to delegate to a previous objective. Both techniques can be combined.
In case you need to organize objectives in a hierarchy then add additional objectives as children to this objective. Subordinate objectives will then be automatically listed.
Since objectives are typically short lived, there is probably no need to organize them for one OKR cycle in this way.
Note that a hierarchy is very strict since there is only one parent to an objective. This technique can help to structure a high-level objective to make it even more tangible by objectives that are aspects of that objective.
An objective's parent may be another objective (probably defined at a higher level), a strategic theme (if there is no objective on a higher level to connect to), or a key result (if a key result at a higher level inspires the team to define a new objective). In case the connection to objectives, themes, or key results of another level is made, you probably need to replace the Parent Property Macro with a link to the respective instance this objective is connected to.
Parent Property Macro
The Parent Property Macro is installed per default so that users adding objectives have an automatic link to the corresponding objective or theme. In case of a key result this is merely informative since you would not typically add objective documents as children to key result documents. The parent relationship is a logical, not a physical one.
- Document the result of a OKR check-in.
- Key Result
- Publish key results to achieve in order to pursue an objective to share with your colleagues.
- Strategic Theme
- Publish a strategic theme to group objectives and to share them with your colleagues.
- Track what you have achieved and the reasons why. Check what you have learned and find areas where you can improve.