Common OKR mistakes

  1. Your objectives are too challenging or not challenging enough

You might think that your team completing 100% of their goals is great! However, this could actually mean that you have set goals that are too easy. Objectives should be ambitious, but not too difficult in order to push employees to achieve more without overwhelming them. You should expect to achieve about 70-80% of an Objective in a given quarter.

  1. Setting and forgetting your OKRs

You should update the progress of your Key Results regularly. OKRs should be discussed every week. Create a weekly ritual around OKRs to review them with your team. Otherwise, at the end of the quarter, you may find that you are way off track.

  1. You have too many Objectives or Key Results

Too many Objectives or key results can take away focus on what your priorities are. Teams should have maximum of 3 Objectives per quarter with up to 3-5 key results per Objective. That way, the amount of work will be much more manageable and far less confusing.

  1. Your Key Results are not measurable

Key results should be numeric. They are what makes your Objective measurable. It’s important to remember Objectives are your big, ambitious goals, Key Results measure the achievement of an objective, and Weekly Plans are the daily tasks and initiatives you do to reach your goals.

  1. Not keeping the big picture in mind

This problem comes when personal objectives are not written to support team and company goals and vice versa. Management should be communicating with team leads about the role they play in the bigger picture, and employees should understand how their activities help achieve team goals as well. Make sure to have a meeting when OKRs are created so you can move everyone in a unified direction.