Like many successful companies (such as Box, Google, Intel, Salesforce, and many more), Aptible uses OKRs. Objectives and Key Results, or OKRs, is a framework devised by Andy Grove of Intel, based on Peter Drucker’s The Practice of Management. (You can read more about the history of OKRs in Measure What Matters.) Google re:Work provides a quick summary of how OKRs work.
We’ve updated our process from time to time, flexing based on what we believe will be most useful to support the company’s success at any given time. Right now, we are optimizing for a high rate of experimentation and learning. Our process can be summarized as:
Each Key Result (or, in some cases, Objective), generally becomes a Milestone in Shortcut. During Sprint Planning, teams organize their work into Epics that align with a particular Milestone, allowing the leadership team to monitor progress executing against and achieving each OKR.
During each all-hands, we review our company-wide OKRs and discuss progress against achieving each OKR. Teams also complete a show-and-tell about their work during the previous sprint, and describe how their work moved Aptible closer to achieving its goals