We believe strongly in the effectiveness of the Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) approach to getting things done. We encourage clients to either use OKRs or view their chosen approach through the lens of OKRs. Our capacity-driven approach to OKRs takes this highly effective system and increases its core torque.
What are ‘Capacity-Driven OKRs’?
Simply put, OKRs are set according to the known capacity to execute those Objectives and Key Results. A common challenge that we get initially is that all we are suggesting is that we make the objectives ‘easy’. That is not the case. The core idea of OKRs is that they stretch you. Our OKRs will certainly do that. What is different is that the Objectives and Key Results are selected to match known core capacities.
OKRs Also Drive Capacity Development
The process of setting capacity-driven OKRs also informs the requirements for capacity enhancement. There are certainly compromises early on the process that limit what Objectives and Key Results are possible. Where OKRs are subject to constraint, there are likely areas to focus on for functional capacity development. This is a key area for improving the complexity and potency of deliverables that are in line with functional capacity.
Features of Capacity-Driven OKRs
The benefits of aligning OKRs with functional capacity include:
- Momentum development and improved confidence.
- Reality-based Objectives that are rooted and focused.
- Key Results that are hard-wired into core competence.
- Increased awareness of capacity deficits and development needs.
- Identification and deprecation of non-functional capacity.