How to run OKR check-ins

Consistently hitting your goals is a process that requires discipline. It is easy to get carried away with day-to-day activities and disregard OKR priorities. Following up on progress with weekly check-ins is an important step, but how do you run a successful OKR check-in? I'll share with you some tips.

Keep them short
Let's face it, nobody is a fan of meetings but they are still important for alignment and getting your team on the same page. So, our first tip is to keep your OKR check-in short and to the point. Having an OKR check-in take 15 minutes is more than enough. As part of your agenda, make sure to discuss

  • Past week highlights
  • Progress blockers
  • Priorities for the coming week

Be efficient
Whether you're using spreadsheets or Simple OKR, update everything before the meeting. There are two things that need to be updated before the meeting: the value and the confidence level. The value represents how much you have progressed toward your goal. Confidence is the indicator showing how confident you feel about achieving the Key Result.

Progress updates should include detailed information of accomplishments, blockers, and priorities for anyone to understand where you are regardless of whether or not they are part of your meetings.

Assign ownership
The key takeaways of each check-in is identifying priorities for the coming week. Assign ownership to each one of your action items, distribute responsibility, create accountability and help everyone stay focused and motivated.