Here is a really simple, everyday life example to explain OKRs

Let’s say you’re unwell, you have fever and have lost some weight. What do you do? – You go to the doctor (no, not Dr. Google, a real doctor)

What does the doctor do? – well, he asks you about your symptoms, he takes your temperature, looks at your tongue (gives you a candy).

He then gives you prescription medicines which you have to take twice a day after meals, asks you to drink lots of water, and get good rest (no computers). Most importantly, he asks you to take your temperature every few hours and to come back and see him if the temperature does not go below 99.6°F

What are your Doctor’s OKRs?

Objective:
Improve and restore your health

Key Results:
– Get Body temperature below 99.6°F
– Bring weight back 70 Kgs

Initiatives:
– Eat healthy, especially lots of fresh fruits and drink water
– Take medicines after meals
– Get enough rest

Did that make sense?
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OKRs answer 3 key questions

  1. Where do we want to go or what do we want to achieve?
    1. Improve and restore your health
  2. How do we know we are getting there
    1. Bring body temperature below 99.6°F
    2. Bring weight back 70 Kgs
  3. What are we doing to get there
    1. Eat healthy, especially fresh fruits and drink lots of water
    2. Take medicines after every meal
    3. Get a enough rest

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