A simple example to better understand OKRs

Let’s say you’re unwell, you have a 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? He asks you about your symptoms, looks at your temperature, and looks at your tongue (gives you a candy).

He then gives you prescription medicines which you 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 measure your body temperature every few hours and to report back to him. Let’s what your doctor’s OKRs might be:

Doctor’s OKRs

Objective or Goal

(What do we want to achieve?)

– Help me recover and get fit

Key Results

(How do we know we are getting there)

– Bring body temperature below 99.6°F
– Bring the weight back up to 70 Kgs

Initiatives

(What are we doing to get there)

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

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Fitness OKRs

Objective or Goal

(What do we want to achieve?)

Get fit to have more energy to do things I love

Key Results

(How do we know we are getting there)

– Reduce body fat from x to y
– Climb 5 floors in 3 minutes
– Walk 1km in 10 mins

Initiatives

(What are we doing to get there)

– Hire a personal trainer
– Eat healthily
– Walk 10k steps
– Get more sleep

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 the 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 enough rest

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