Succeeding with OKRs in Agile

OKRs are about goals bigger than the next story, or even epic. OKRs prioritise purpose and strategy over backlogs. Objectives are big goals; key results are smaller goals that build towards the objective.

Introducing OKRs – excerpt in Method & Tools journal, March 2021

OKRs and agile work well together because they are both outcome oriented and results focused. Used right OKRs give purpose, power and authority to teams. Used poorly OKRs can re-introduce command-and-control and hinder agile working.

Allan Kelly has written this short guide to OKRs: writing, organizing to deliver and the pitfalls of using. He doesn’t try to sell OKRs, rather Allan draws on his practical experience with teams working agile and adopting OKRs, day-by-day, quarter-by-quarter.

Initially sceptical, Allan found OKRs became an effective way to focus teams, expose problems, communicate with senior managers and a powerful means of asking bigger questions about product strategy and value.