Common OKR mistakes
Those are the most common mistakes we encounter in OKR implementations, starting with the most basic ones:
- Setting non-measurable Key Results: Remember John Doerr’s formula. Every Key Result has to be measurable.
- Too many OKRs or Key Results: OKR is not a laundry list of everything you do. It is a representation of your top priorities. Less is more here.
- Including tasks as Key Results: A Key Result is not something that you do. It is the successful outcome of what you did.
- Setting OKRs top-down: OKRs do not cascade. Trust your team and help them understand how they can contribute.
- Creating OKRs in silos: Teams have to talk to each other when setting OKRs, otherwise achieving alignment will be impossible.
- “Set it and Forget it”: Don’t treat your OKRs as new year’s resolutions. OKR has to be part of the culture of your organization and has to be tracked at a regular cadence.
- Including OKRs in a compensation formula: OKR is not an employee evaluation tool. OKR is a management tool.
- Trying to copy Google blindly: There is not a single way to adopt OKR. Even inside Google different teams use OKR in a variety of ways. Understand the principles involved and adapt your implementation to your organization.