Results Foundry at WorkBoard

The OKR Journey Center

Companies large and small use the OKR technique and a digital operating rhythm to execute their strategy faster and achieve more with resources they have. Use these resources to plan and launch your own program. Transform alignment and accountability into your organization's super powers!

WorkBoard OKR Journey

Journey Stages

If you’re starting to explore OKRs and how they can accelerate your organization's operating rhythm, these resources will help you get up to speed and educate other stakeholders in your organization.

Just starting to explore OKRs and how a Digital Operating Rhythm can help your organization? Use these resources to learn more about what OKRs are, how they flow through your operating rhythm, and how OKRs and a digital operating rhythm can help you achieve results faster.

“Using OKRs and a digital operating rhythm, we achieved our 3-year strategy in 2 years."

— Sam Meckey, EVP - Head of Healthcare, EXL

OKR Primer

Learn the basics of OKRs, important principles, and see a catalog of examples by function.

Get Certified as an OKR Coach

Certified OKR coaches help their organizations adopt the methodology and set high quality objectives and key results. Join over 7,000 certified coaches in building OKR expertise with this certification program.

Build Your OKR Expertise

This 3-hour course is ideal for those who feel a deep connection to their company's direction and strategic priorities and seek to be empowered to define, align and measure results within and across their teams.

Building a Digital Operating Rhythm with OKR Software

WorkBoard CEO Deidre Paknad appears on the McKinsey on Start-ups podcast to discuss how OKRs and a digital operating rhythm provide the transparency and accountability around strategy and execution that companies need.

OKRs in the Rhythm of Business

Learn how OKRs fit into the rhythm of the business as a key to accelerating strategy achievement.

OKRs at Google & Growth Companies

In this webinar Margo Georgiadis, former Google President, GGV Partner Jeff Richards, and WorkBoard CEO Deidre Paknad talk about how high growth companies use OKRs.

Practical Guide to Enterprise OKRs

Get answers to the most common questions about OKRs like how they connect to compensation, what threshold to set, how they align, and more in this easy-to-read guide.

OKRs & Your Operating Rhythm

A Digital Operating Rhythm gives a competitive advantage to execute strategy faster and achieve more with the people you have. This ebook is an introduction to how it achieves alignment and drives accountability.

Outcome Mindset™ Seminar

Use this seminar recording to help technology and product teams and others understand the difference between output and outcome, why an Outcome Mindset is so powerful and how to measure results effectively. Contact us to arrange a similar seminar for your organization.

The Power of OKRs

WorkBoard CEO Deidre Paknad and former Olympian and Drift Director of Product Management Maggie Crowley explore why OKRs matter, how they inspire momentum and how to engage others in the movement.

Infographic: A Digital Operating Rhythm to Accelerate Strategic Outcomes

An organization's operating rhythm is how it aligns and drives execution of its strategy. Learn how a digital operating rhythm with WorkBoard gives you a competitive advantage.

As you plan your journey and develop a rollout plan, you’ll want to assess the friction points in your current operating rhythm, draft a business value roadmap and OKRs for OKRs with your executive sponsor, anchor on best practices, consider your overall scope, chat with a coach, and hear other organizations’ launch insights.

“When I think about scaling OKRs out to thousands of employees... we couldn't do it without a tool."

— Anna Birch, Chief of Staff, Cisco Security Business Group

As you plan your journey and develop a rollout plan, you’ll want to assess the friction points in your current operating rhythm, draft a business value roadmap and OKRs for OKRs with your executive sponsor, anchor on best practices, consider your overall scope, chat with a coach, hear other organizations’ launch insights and understand how to successfully launch OKRs and transition to a Digital Operating Rhythm.

“I thought that the benefits of OKRs and WorkBoard would take a while, but it was instant. And it was contagious and transformative."

— Nanci Taylor, Vice President, Digital Strategy, IBM

Assess Friction in your Operating Rhythm

Assess the friction in your current operating rhythm to achieve your strategy, and estimate value at stake.

OKR/Results Management Decision Guide

Use this playbook to help make key decisions about how you will run the results management process for your organization.

Lead the Charge on Change

This communication guide for change agents can help you get key stakeholders on board and build momentum.

Managing Change When Embarking on the OKR Journey

Build a community of coaches and enthusiasts to drive change.

Launch Props and Tools

Posters, flashcards and OKR workshop tools you can use or personalize to your company.

Build Competency and Your Program Team

Develop a network of certified OKR Coaches and results management executives to help launch and lead the OKR program.

How to Do OKRs Right

Many CEOs overdo or underdo OKRs. On this episode of the B2BaCEO podcast, WorkBoard CEO Deidre Paknad shares best practices for how to do OKRs right.

Launching OKRs at VMware

The Results Management team from VMware outlines their enterprise wide rollout, their impressive launch messaging, and how central OKRs and WorkBoard are to their CEO.

Expert OKR & Launch Services to Accelerate Success

Friends don’t let friends do OKRs alone the first time! Rather than wasting several quarters, potential momentum and employee good will with trial and error, companies turn to expert service providers to ensure a fast, successful first OKR cycle and a sustainable practice.

Planning for OKRs in Young, High Growth Companies (Zuora)

Tien Tzou, CEO at Zuora, shares his “why” for OKRs and how they launched and ramped their OKR program globally.

Launching OKRs - Zuora's Plan

Zuora sets the bar for internal and external communications, and their OKR launch was no exception! See the launch and communications plan and results in their first two quarters. Zuora has been named one of the best places to work in Silicon Valley for the last several years.

Set Up Your Core Team and Steering Committee

Use this packet to create your operating team, support structure and governance. Job descriptions help identify who to tap into your initiative.

Author Great OKRs and Communicate for Impact

Avoid doing OKRs in name only with these tips to unlock the real potential of your OKR program. Perfect for leaders that want coaching.

After you’ve launched your OKR program and switched to a digital operating rhythm, make results a habit across the organization by modernizing accountability practices so key results are line of sight.

“Results should be habits, not New Year's Resolutions."

— Sarah Davis, Director of Portfolio Programs, IBM

Results Management Maturity Levels

Quickly assess how deeply OKRs and results management practices have become ingrained into your organization's operating rhythm.

Activating a Strong Coach Network

OKR Coaches distribute and embed expertise as well as drive learning via community forums and engagement.

Building Results Rituals at Zendesk

Brian Manougian, Director, HR Strategy & Planning at Zendesk, shares how his organization built their OKR program onto Zendesk's already strong company culture to drive focus on results.

How Fast is Your Operating Rhythm?

A Digital Operating Rhythm helps your organization accelerate strategy execution and make the most of the resources that you have.

Business at the Pace of Change

Steve Shafer, President, 3M Automotive & Aerospace and WorkBoard CEO Deidre Paknad discuss how leaders today must adapt to the pace of change and accelerate the rhythm of business, find the balance between strategic agility and long-range planning, energize teams to embrace change as the constant, and engage people in value creation.

How a Platform Can Help 10x Your Results

Denise Kanfield, Transformation Leader and OKR Guru at Cisco, shares how true alignment and transparency are only possible with a results management platform.

Don’t Ask for Updates — Ask for Focus

Why asking for “KR updates” may be undermining your actual results.

Calibrate and Celebrate Weekly

Align on key results on Monday, then celebrate progress on Friday.

Quarterly OKR Retrospective and Reset

Introspection is the key to great OKRs and outcomes. See how smart teams use OKRs to celebrate, learn, and improve.

Lean into the Red

In OKRs, as in life, talking about the hard things is vital to achieving your goals.

Simple Guide to Better 1on1s

Build dashboards easily with WorkBoard

Doing OKRs in spreadsheets or OKRs not flowing through your operating rhythm? Or maybe you’re humming along and want to harness real intelligence from a well-functioning Digital Operating Rhythm. This section can help you take your game up!

“If you have a KR and it’s green, you have success. If you pushed yourself and you fell short, as long as you have learning, then that learning lets you succeed next time."

— Andrew Kisslo, Chief of Staff, Microsoft Azure

Microsoft

OKR Insights 6 Quarters Later

Think beyond the quarter to results achievement over time. Workday shares facts on improved results, employee sentiment and performance patterns.

Why use an OKR platform?

The drivers for doing OKRs are undermined with a non-digital process. See how an OKR platform can help you accelerate results at scale.

Raising the Bar on Digital Transformation

Sam Meckey, EVP - Head of Healthcare at EXL, shows how EXL moved the needle on the business and accelerated the pace of outcomes.

Building Alignment and Accountability with OKRs

Through aligned OKRs and better 1on1 coaching conversations, Judy Dutton, Head of Talent Management at Juniper Networks, helped leaders build competencies that drove resilience and growth.

The OKR – MBR Connection for Team Accountability

Hear Ryan Padilla, Director of Global Strategy Execution at GHX share how his organization achieves better outcomes and transformed their monthly business reviews.

Operationalizing Organizational Transformation to Drive Outcomes

Daisy Hernandez, SVP, Strategy & Operations at Zuora, explains how they drove a successful program by identifying “OKR leaders” who understand the strategy, align on the principles of alignment, and care about bringing strategy to fruition.

The Focusing Power of OKRs

Nanci Taylor, VP of Business Agility at IBM explains how sharp focus drives smarter decisions and outcomes.

Achieving OKRs by Driving with MBRs

Andrew Kisslo, Chief of Staff at Microsoft Azure Marketing, shares how his team improved results by using Monthly Business Reviews to drive focus, follow through and accountability for key results.

Inflection Points Along the OKR Journey

Learn about the three inflection points enterprises commonly experience along the OKR Journey, and how they kept moving forward.

Shifting to an Outcome Mindset

Enterprises make the shift from output to Outcome Mindset when leaders have the visibility to see that not all work is driving results and that getting things done isn’t the same as moving the needle.
Shift to an outcome mindset »

Operationalizing OKRs

As OKRs move from theoretical to concrete, strategic priorities are aligned, localized, integrated, and made flexible for optimization — and enterprises achieve those priorities in a more systematic and data-driven way.
Increase the impact of your OKR program »

Harmonizing Team OKRs with Individual Performance

Organizations use both team and individual OKRs to drive great performance; connect OKRs and performance management to drive best possible outcomes.
Connect OKRs and performance management »

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