Why Key Results Need to Be Results

Why Key Results Need to Be Results

If you know nothing about OKRs, please start here: Art of the OKR. Or buy my book, Radical Focus. I think it’s rather good.  .@cwodtke … I keep reading varying interpretations of "results" in OKR. Ranging from tasks/steps to measures of…

Beyond the Slide

Beyond the Slide

It’s 2006, and I’m sitting in the office of my pal Rasmi’s company, Uzanto. We’ve been chatting about her business, then she leans forward and whispers conspiratorially, “We’ve started on something new. It’s Youtube for PowerPoint.” “Oh cool,” I replied….

In Praise of Q&A

In Praise of Q&A

At a recent conference, I ran into the organizer at the first coffee break of the morning. She was fuming. “They keynote.” She growled. “What? It was a strong talk.” “She ran short! It was a 20 minute talk!” “She…

NEW: Report on OKRs from O'Reilly

NEW: Report on OKRs from O’Reilly

Introduction to OKRs is free on the O’Reilly site.  If you’ve read my book and blog, much will be familiar, but it’s a great way to introduce your colleagues to the core ideas. http://www.oreilly.com/business/free/introduction-to-okrs.csp “There’s no question that the goal-setting…

Product as Hero Storyboard

Product as Hero Storyboard

Long time readers know I am completely obsessed with story architecture, and use it in many things: writing (of course), presentations and even product design. I have a version of the story   that is particularly useful when trying to design…

Tracking and Evaluating OKRs

Tracking and Evaluating OKRs

Two weeks before the end of the quarter, it’s time to grade your OKRs, and plan for the next cycle. After all, you want to hit the ground running on day one of Q2, right? There are two common systems…

The Secret to a Great Presentation

The Secret to a Great Presentation

The class I teach is called “Story,” and the first assignment was to give a “TEDette.” I defined the project as a five minute talk using a personal story to make an audience care about a scientific principle. Y’know, like…

Why Use OKRs?

Why Use OKRs?

Ben Lamorte, coach at okrs.com, tells this story[i] “My mentor and advisor, Jeff Walker, the guy who introduced me to OKRs once asked me, “When you go on a hike, do you have a destination?” I paused since I was…

The Only Silver Bullet

The Only Silver Bullet

It’s a beautiful day on the baylands, and I’m walking along, looking at the tall golden grass and blossoming fennel, waiting for my kid to get out of school. I’m having a Clarity conversation with a CEO of a startup….

The Myths of Product Management

The Myths of Product Management

There have been a bunch of articles lately from designers on product management in the Silicon Valley. It’s making me slightly crazy, so I’m going to write a short and sloppy essay from my perspective. I’ve been a designer, a…