“Let’s learn how to use OKRs”


We hear about it more and more, despite the fact that in Italy it is not yet a particularly widespread method. OKR, acronym for “Objective Key Results”, are the most effective management method that is bringing great satisfaction to many companies that have decided to integrate them into their business. From tech companies Google, Apple, Microsoft to Amazon, Spotify and Netflix, this method is becoming popular among large international companies.

A participatory and innovative model that allows everyone to move in a unified direction, focus on shared business objectives and achieve measurable results. Additionally, OKRs also serve as a powerful performance management tool for evaluating progress, improving collaboration, and overall impact. The ultimate goal is to make all employees involved and architects of the company’s success, and at the same time, masters of their time. Why not start teaching this method to high school students? This is what the founding members of AIOKR – Italian OKR Association thought of, which created the «AIOKR Cares» initiative.

Together with WWG, an innovative software house that has been on the market for over 20 years, and a group of teachers from the Niccolò Machiavelli Institute in Pioltello (MI), the «Learn to use OKRs» project was created for third year students. The webinar which took place on April 29th at 3pm saw the active participation of the students of the III ATS, III CT and III BTS classes.

Mohamed Deramchi, CEO of WWG he says that «it is not the first time that we want to involve young people in the OKR experimentation. Generation Z receives constant stimuli from the outside world, so much so that it becomes more and more difficult for them to focus on their goals and orient themselves effectively throughout their schooling. The pandemic and distance learning have provoked in children a continuous state of apathy and dissatisfaction, making them move away, first of all from sociality, and from what may be their plans for the future. This initiative stems from the desire to transmit a method that can stimulate students to become protagonists of a personal life project, acquiring a greater awareness of themselves, of their potential and allowing them to act independently and responsibly. We have been using an OKR-based system for a few years now. I am sure the students will have the opportunity to reflect on the behavioral aspects, on the strengths and weaknesses, shift the focus from achievement to improvement, find stimuli and motivations to study also aimed at professional opportunities and pursue challenges of continuous improvement, are just a few of the objectives that we hope the students can learn to the fullest ».

The OKR method

But what does the OKR method consist of? It is mainly based on the identification of two levels of objectives, the “objectives” and the “key results”: the first are ambitious, qualitative objectives and should indicate the direction to be followed, while the “key results” are the factors that help to measure the achievement or failure of the objective and must be quantitative, limited in time, measurable and verifiable. Once defined, the OKRs of each individual collaborator or team must be identified, to be shared with all colleagues, to guarantee maximum organizational transparency. In the following period, alignment follow-ups follow, but people are, in fact, always autonomous. In the final evaluation phase, the achievement of the objective is measured. OKRs should be ambitious but feasible, used to set the strategy and objectives in an organization, visible and accessible to everyone in the company, but above all, they must be discussed, reviewed and modified based on performance over time ».


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