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OKR Check-ins: Making Consistent, Meaningful Progress

People hate uncertainty. Research has proven that people can experience stress and illness when dealing with ambiguity and obscurity. Our brain appreciates certainty the same as food, sex, and social connections. We humans are rather predictable creatures, ruled by genetics and time-honoured survival mechanisms. There are few things that give us more satisfaction than having a firm sense of control over our environment, safety, and working towards a goal (acting with purpose).

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Organisational Culture Shock – Introducing OKRs

So, you have recently heard about this new management goal-setting method called OKRs and you are really eager to implement them within your organization. If Google and all of the other big tech giants are using them, then they need to be good right? So, what do you do next?

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Getting the Grade: Tracking OKR & Confidence Levels

Time Travel Travel back in time with me for a moment. It’s New Year’s Eve and you are watching the fireworks in the sky with your friends. You are holding a glass of champagne in your hand and making some promises to your friends.  “This year I’ll quit smoking”, one friend says. Another promises aloud: […]

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How to run a successful OKR Check-In

Last week Perdoo founder Henrik-Jan van der Pol asked me to describe how teams can run a successful OKR check-in. OKR Check-ins are the key ingredient of any successful OKR implementation. But they are hard to do. You need to run them at least weekly, come well prepared and make sure your team members are […]

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My notes on goto conference 2017, Amsterdam, Day 2

This post gives my impressions from the last day of the 2017 Goto conference in Amsterdam. I spent pretty well the whole day at non-technical talks. Perhaps because my interests in this area have widened, I found many of the talks fascinating. Keynote: Engineering you, Martin Thompson The day started with a keynote of Martin. […]

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