9-11 May 2018

thestudio, Manchester

Using OKRs: what I wish we'd known when we started

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Session duration:
60 minutes

Presented by:

Neil Vass

Co-op Digital

About this Tutorial

Objectives and key results (OKRs) are used in [namedrop huge successful companies] to great effect - would you like to try using them too?

This session takes a detailed look at how I've used them with different teams, covering everything from how high-level goals are set down to how OKR processes interact with the daily and weekly ceremonies of our kanban process. We’ve learned a lot about what works well and what pitfalls to look out for, and will be sharing that experience here.

Having clearly defined objectives can give the whole team a unified focus and help make the work outside of the near-term development tasks visible to everyone. And by concentrating on moving the right key results, team members start incorporating data-driven decisions into everything they work on - how are we going to tell whether this feature has helped us towards our goal? And what will we do if it hasn’t?

As part of this tutorial, you’ll get a chance to try out techniques to elicit and shape objectives and key results that can be used with your own team. You’ll also get a chance to evaluate your ideas based on the criteria we’ve found to be important, and hear about a range of lessons learned that other companies have shared.

About the Speaker

Neil is an agile delivery manager for Co-op Digital. Previously, he worked in a variety of roles on waterfall, agile and fragile projects, using a wide range of techniques from each. Previous experience includes automating medical image analysis, building a motion-tracking toothbrush to study brushing technique, and adding new features to the CBeebies and CBBC websites. It’s people problems that are the most interesting, though.


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