OKRs (Objective and Key Results)

OKR is an abbreviation for Objective & Key Result.

The concept was invented at the Intel Corporation. OKRs are meant to set strategy and goals over a specified amount of time for an organization, teams and, in this case, individuals.


Objective

What does your mentee want to achieve in the Reps Program, and how can you, as a mentor, help them achieve it

The goal of setting an objective is to write out what your mentee hopes to accomplish such that at a later time you can easily tell if they have reached, or have a clear path to reaching, that objective.

Great objectives are:

  • Qualitative and inspiring
  • Time bound
  • Actionable by your mentee

Key results

How you know if you and your mentees have met your objectives

Key Results are numerically-based expressions of success or progress towards an Objective.

The important element here is measuring success. It’s not good enough to make broad statements about improvement (that are subjectively evaluated). We need to know how well you are succeeding. Qualitative goals tend to under-represent our capabilities because the solution tends to be the lowest common denominator.

Great Key Results are:

  • Metrics
  • Quantity/quality balance
  • Difficult, not impossible


How many OKRs should I have?

The idea is not quantity, but quality of OKRs. Think about the key things your mentee need to do to and put the focus there.


Examples

Objective: Increase the mentee public specking skills

Key Results:

  • Host the local community meeting once every two months
  • Introduce and lead a campaign-based activity

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Objective: Successfully increase number of Turkish voice dataset for upcoming common voice campaign

Key Results:

  • Collaborate with a local community - a11y’s (Accessibility) community in Turkish and create one event by the end of July
  • Launch new online crowdsource contribution event on Instagram by the end of the month

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Assignment

To reflect on what you have just learned, we ask you to write a short

narrative reflecting on the learned material. The narrative shall be

about your past/current experience on mentoring/coaching. You can find all

necessary information about this at

https://wiki.mozilla.org/ReMo/Coaching/Training#Write_a_narrative. If you don’t want to write a narrative at this point, you can also write a bigger one at the end of all learning modules.


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Credit: material is adapted from here.