Can OKRs Accelerate Your Scaled Agile Transformation?
via DZone Agile Zone by Shana Rusonis
In any organization, large or small, a defined strategy and tireless accountability are essential to making sure all teams are aligned and focused as they go about their day-to-day work. For a company operating in a scaled agile environment, where teams are empowered to make decisions, the strategic context must be crystal clear to create a trusting environment where teams can do their best work and drive business results.
OKRs, shorthand for objectives and key results, are a popular tool for companies to set strategy and hold their teams accountable for business outcomes. The concept of an OKR was created by Andy Grove at Intel in the early 1970s as an evolution of Peter Drucker’s management by objectives concept. But more recently, OKRs have been made famous by Google, who made it part of their organizational fabric back in the 1990s, when they were a 30-person company. Many point to OKRs as the strategy that helped Google become the successful, market-leading company it is today.