Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) is a framework for setting and achieving goals. The one key difference between OKRs and other goal-setting frameworks is that Key Results are
. Andy Grove of Intel is considered the “Father of OKRs” and he believed that measuring results means there is no ambiguity around whether you or your team achieved your goals. The results are black and white.
John Doerr brought OKRs to Google in 1999 and this framework is now widely used in the tech industry among others. Doerr discusses OKRs in detail in his book
for project management, you may be used to the term agile epics. An epic is a chunk of work that consists of multiple user stories (or tasks) that have one common objective. A key point about epics is that they are based on the needs of your customers and users of your product. The benefit of using agile epics is that a large chunk of work can be broken down into smaller tasks allows your team to deliver value faster to customers and users, and keeps the team aligned on a common objective.
OKRs and Epics Together
By combining the measurable aspects of OKRs with agile epics, you and your team can see how close you are to completing company-wide goals and see a basic timeline of all epics in one place. This template gives you a bird’s eye view of all pics and teams can quickly edit the status of an epic which impacts the overall timeline of epics. With conditional formatting, anyone team member can see the status of an epic.