OKRs - Building Strategic Agility in Your Enterprise

Agile is a radical evolution in how we think about work flow – AND how we engage people’s intelligence and commitment in the process. So now we’re doing a faster, better, more engaging job of ….. What? And Why? The “What” and “Why” questions are the stuff of strategy – purpose, vision, customer value, competitive advantage and sustainable financial performance.

 OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) are the missing link between agile practices and alignment with the larger mission and purpose of your enterprise. Developed in Silicon Valley and adopted by industry leaders including Intel, Google and LinkedIn, OKRs are the framework for individuals and teams to set their own goals and align agile action with overall business strategy.

 In this workshop, we will explore

  • How business strategy is evolving from a waterfall model to an agile approach
  • Extending the idea of “cadence” to include ceremonies for enterprise-wide strategic conversations that create “line of sight” for individuals and teams
  • The use of OKRs as goalposts for strategic alignment and agile action
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Outline/structure of the Session

Following an opening presentation, participants will get practice working through a case study to build a set of OKRs for an agile enterprise.

Learning Outcome

  • Learn how OKRs bring strategic discipline to agile practices
  • Practice the use of tools to translate business and product strategy into a well aligned set of measureable objectives and key results (OKRs) that provides “line of sight” for everyone in the organization
  • Understand how agile metrics fit into a bigger picture of team learning, customer value and financial performance via the balanced scorecard concept
  • Understand how to use enterprise performance measures in the backlog prioritization process


Target Audience

Senior leaders, IT executives, project sponsors and managers in any industry or sector

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  • Tathagat Varma
    By Tathagat Varma  ~  2 years ago
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    Dan - sounds like a great topic. Have used OKRs while at Y!, so I can relate to it. Had a question: do you have a data point that you can share form your professional consulting work that helps participants understand how exactly you want about addressing the problem, what were the challenges, how were the results, and so on?

  • Ravi Kumar
    By Ravi Kumar  ~  2 years ago
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    Hi Dan,


    Thanks for the proposal. Can you please post links to a video of any of your talks to complete the proposal and also a working copy of the slides to the workshop.

    Also, it will be nice to highlight a sample set of OKRs in the learning outcome.





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