Objectives and Key Results give you a major advantage of tracking your and your teams effort and progress. The OKR method states that every Key Result has a number, which simplifies the whole process of keeping track of performances. Key Results lead to Objectives and these Key Results are exactly what we grade. After you have finished grading all the Key Results you will be able to grade your objectives accordingly and you will see your overall performance.

Grading Key Results

To grade key results correctly you need to use a scale from 0 – 1. Key Results are always measured in such a low rating scale which helps you understand your performance at one glance. Grade 1 equals a 100% achievement of your key result.
Be careful here if you end up or one of your team members scoring a 1 in each and every key result, your key results were not challenging enough and you just wasted a lot of resources.

Time your Grading

We know that every quarter you have to set your new OKR for the coming one. Also at the same time you will need to grade and rate your key results of the past quarter. You better do this first, if you haven’t achieved enough key results to achieve your objective then you will probably need to repeat one of your objectives!
Grading is very important and it reflects the success of your company and your team. But also do NOT use the OKR grading to judge your employees performance per se. As objectives and key results are meant to be set very challenging the not achievement of a 0.7 or 0.8 grade does not mean that your team members were working badly but it can also mean that there have been other influences. Keep in mind that OKR are meant to be motivational and inspirational to boost the overall performance of your company.

Timeline for setting OKR 2015

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