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Whitney O'Banner (Software Engineering Manager, Medium) - Bottoms Up With OKRs

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Bottoms Up with OKRs
In 2013, Google famously published a leading reference for establishing Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) as a way to align teams and set short-term goals. While some of the information is still relevant, it’s time to refresh your approach to setting OKRs within your teams. This talk will help leaders abandon the dated, flawed approach to setting OKRs and enable organizational alignment in an exciting new way, suitable for 2019 and beyond. Whitney will also share some of her recent experiences at Medium where she has been charged with making remote work succeed in a company that has traditionally been centrally located.

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Whitney O'Banner (Software Engineering Manager, Medium) - Bottoms Up With OKRs

  1. 1. Bottoms up with OKRs
  2. 2. I am Whitney O’Banner Engineering Manager at Medium Tweet me at @woobanner Hello!
  3. 3. They got it wrong.
  4. 4. They got it wrong. (so did the rest of us)
  5. 5. Heard of them? OKRs
  6. 6. “ OKRs = Overrated & Kinda Right metrics when you are too early.
  7. 7. YMMV (your mileage may vary)
  8. 8. What are OKRs?1
  9. 9. Objectives and Key Results 1 What are OKRs?
  10. 10. We will (objective) as measured by (key results).
  11. 11. We will go viral as measured by 5k new followers.
  12. 12. Why use OKRs?
  13. 13. Learn Big wins. Why use OKRs?
  14. 14. Learn Big wins. Align Shared vision. Why use OKRs?
  15. 15. Learn Big wins. Align Shared vision. Quantify Track progress. Why use OKRs?
  16. 16. Tips for better OKRs
  17. 17. TIP #1 Ditch individual OKRs
  18. 18. Individual OKRs
  19. 19. Individual OKRs ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘
  20. 20. TIP #1 Ditch individual OKRs Use tasks instead.
  21. 21. TIP #2 Ignore the metrics.
  22. 22. TIP #2 Ignore the metrics.*
  23. 23. TIP #2 Ignore the metrics.* Focus on outcomes.
  24. 24. We will go viral as measured by 5k new followers.
  25. 25. We will go viral as measured by more followers.
  26. 26. We will go viral as measured by 5k new followers.
  27. 27. TIP #2 Ignore the metrics.* Focus on outcomes.
  28. 28. TIP #3 Don’t cascade (every) goal.
  29. 29. “ It’s too hard to make sure all the goals line up.
  30. 30. Managers overvalue their ideas by 42% Employees undervalue their ideas by 11%
  31. 31. TIP #3 Don’t cascade (every) goal. Go bottoms up.
  32. 32. Recap
  33. 33. Recap ◉ Try tasks ◉ Focus on outcomes ◉ Go bottoms up!
  34. 34. Questions? You can reach me at ◉ @woobanner ◉ whitney@medium.com Thanks!

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