Assessment should help us know what our goals are, how well we are making progress toward those goals, and the evidence of our progress. Although this seems easy to say, systems of assessment that work well and are understandable are hard to find. Here is an excellent example from the company named Google.
When Google was less than a year old, John Doerr, one of its investors, made a presentation pitching the company on using a organizational system called Objectives and Key Results, or OKRs. The OKR system came from Intel. Google took to OKRs pretty much immediately and has been using it ever since. OKRs are a simple way to create structure for companies, teams, and individuals. Even if your company doesn’t use OKRs, they can be helpful in your personal life, or for yourself at work. Google Ventures partner Rick Klau gave a one-hour, 20-minute presentation on how OKRs work last year. It’s a pretty fascinating look at how Google operates. It’s also useful for just about any company, or any person, who wants to create a simple, easy-to-follow system for getting stuff done.
Here’s how they work: Business Insider.