this morning my wife and me had a conversation over breakfast about the most recent WFH (work from home) announcements by Facebook and others and what they meant for people and their collaboration. Apart from the lack of informal „coffee maker“ interaction that all of us seem to be missing, some of the key challenges we discussed were related to keeping organisations aligned and executing when working remotely.

Discussing how to alleviate these problems, John Doerr’s F.A.C.T.S. (focus, alignment, commitment, tracking, stretching), the five OKR benefits, came to my mind – and how introducing OKRs had bailed us out in a complex project that was about to fall apart under external strain a few of years ago.

There’s a lot of similarity – admittedly at a completely different scale – in today’s situation and for that reason I believe F.A.C.T.S. and in extension the implementation of OKRs should be considered as a solution for teams that will be forced to work remotely for an extended period.

Here’s some reasons why:

What are the benefits of OKRs? –
„Whatmatters“ short version of John Doerr’s aforementioned HBR interview, introducing F.A.C.T.S.

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John Doerr on OKRs and Measuring What Matters –
a 27 min MIT Sloan Management Review video with John Doerr, diving deeper into his OKR learnings

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The ROI of Goal Management –
by Henrik-Jan van der Pol. A great article that corroborates some hard facts in support of OKRs

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Enjoy your spring weekend – beer gardens have been reopened at last!