When creating OKRs that need multiple teams to achieve them. A common mistake teams make is to create different OKRs or split an OKR among teams and then try to link them. This wastes a lot of time and reduces clarity for someone looking at the goal. This also makes checking into and updating that goal difficult.

Single cross-functional OKR

A better way to approach this is to create a cross-functional team that will achieve a Goal together. This also creates a much better alignment between multiple teams or functions. In this approach, two or more teams share the same OKR but can have different initiatives to achieve the bigger goal.

A Cross-functional OKR example involving Sales, Marketing and Talent teams

Objective or Goal

Grow our global business via expansion in EU

Key Results

KR: Develop new marketing website for EU – Marketing
KR: Develop new sales pitch for EU – Sales
KR: Pitch to 5 customer in EU – Sales
KR: Hire 1 Sales Director – Talent

Initiatives

KR: Develop new marketing website for EU – Marketing
– Initiative:
– Initiative:
KR: Develop new sales pitch for EU – Sales
– Initiative:
– Initiative:
KR: Pitch to 5 customer in EU – Sales
– Initiative:
– Initiative:
KR: Hire 1 Sales Director – Talent
– Initiative:
– Initiative:


North Features
Org and Team goals
Goal Initiatives
Goal Check-ins
Give Awards
Goal Alignment
Discussions

Our take on Product
On Product discovery
Communicating well
Metrics for Product teams
Telling stories with data
Data visualisation


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