The Benefits of OKR

Product Narrative
Apr 25, 2019 · 3 min read

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Welcome to Shared Narrative #20!

“Those who want to reap the benefits of this great nation, must bear the fatigue of supporting it.”

- Thomas Paine (one of the Founding Fathers of United States)

The quote is aptly appropriate to describe how if you want to reap the benefits (of something) then you need to work for it. Only after a solid amount of effort and your willingness to work for it, can you feel and see the benefits.

The same goes for OKR.

Implementing OKR has its challenges. Our experience shows us that it takes many, many iterations just to be able to write the right Objective and Key Results. In addition, we saw teams having difficulties in determining their focus for the week. In other words: once you know how to write OKR, you’ll be challenged on the content of the OKR that you wrote. OKR challenges you to think critically, especially when it comes to prioritization and strategic planning both for yourself and for your team (if you’re a team leader or a manager).

However, don’t be discouraged. You can look at these challenges as the things you need to anticipate and overcome when adopting OKR practice. Once you pass these challenges, there are many benefits waiting on the other side.

From the beginning of this year, we have been engaging with Midtrans (part of the GOJEK group), a company that has been instrumental to provide one of the most crucial pillars in online commerce: a simple, reliable, and secure payment solution. After coaching several of their teams (close to 20 people in the span of 6–8 weeks), we gathered their feedback about the experience using OKR. And, we’re happy to report that the feedback has been positive; they saw and felt the benefits of OKR firsthand.

Below are some of the feedback from both the team members and the team leaders about OKR practice.

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Others were saying . . .

Google is widely recognized as one of the biggest company in the world. For all of Google’s success, much of the credit was given to OKR and its ability to revolutionize goal setting. Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, shared the same sentiment, so much so that he agrees to write the foreword in John Doerr’s book about OKR, Measure What Matters. This is what he has to say.

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Product Narrative Publication

A collection of work by Product Narrative. The topics include building narrative, Objectives and Key Results (OKR), Product Management, and People Ops.