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The new Self-Study learning journey to set you up for success from the beginning

Learn how to intentionally use OKRs to achieve your goals

You are interested to learn more about Objectives & Key Results (OKRs) and how they can help you to create stronger focus, better alignment and improve value-creation in your organization?

Then don’t just learn about OKRs as a concept, but learn how to intentionally use it to achieve your goals and adapt it to your organization or team!

This course offers you all you need to get started in 9 concise modules packed with short videos, exercises, ready-to-use templates, further resources and more!

OKR Foundations+ Content Overview

The challenge with OKRs - and how this course can be a first step to set you up for success

The idea behind OKRs is simple - implementing it, mastering it and getting the most out of working with it is not. Many companies these days start to experiment with Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) to follow promises of higher performance, better alignment and even a new culture of collaboration. After the first enthusiastic steps (or quarters) the glamour often fades and frustration sets in: the alignment process takes way too long, the focus is not clearly given and outcome-orientation is still a buzzword.

If you want to set yourself, your team and your organization up for success from the beginning, it is essential to look at two factors: How OKRs can be integrated as part of the existing organizational system and which OKR variation best fits your needs!

These are two essential pre-requisites to get the most out of working with OKRs in your teams and organization and efficiently make use of the resources you invest into this topic right from the beginning and achieve the best outcome.

Therefore this course will not only introduce you to the concept of OKRs, but guides you through the (initial) steps of adapting OKRs to your needs through additional content, exercises, ready-to-use templates, further resources and more.

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Course outline

1) Introduction to the course
2) Why it's time to think about a new way of working with goals
3) The OKR concept and its elements
4) Good practices for OKR Definition
5) The iterative OKR cycle
6) Working with OKRs in practice
7) OKR variations
8) OKR implementation
9) Course summary and your individual action plan

The OKR Foundations+ Self-Study course is designed for

  • Product Managers, Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches and other change agents in the organization who (want to) use OKRs and learn more about how to drive ongoing change with OKRs and integrate them into daily business
  • Executives, people managers or organizational developers who would like to learn more about Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) and take away new impulses for further development of focus, value creation and autonomy into their organizations
  • All people new to Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) wishing to learn how to design an individual way of working with them based on what they are trying to achieve.
OKR Foundations+ Content Overview

Regular price:
299 EUR

Autumn Sale (limited time only):
199 EUR
excl. VAT

✔ 49 concise video-lessons
✔ 6 in-depth exercises with reflections
✔ 20+ Templates and guides
✔ Course Completion Certificate
✔ Lifetime Course Access

Your course facilitator:

This OKR Foundations+ Self-Study Course will be facilitated by Natalija Hellesoe.

OKR at the Center Academy OKR Coach Curriculum Facilitator Natalija Hellesoe

Natalija has been working within People Development and Transformation since 2010 before starting her own business offering an entire ecosystem of training and coaching focusing on Leadership & Responsibility, Objectives & Key Results and Agile HR & Learning.

In 2020, she published the practical book “OKRs at the center: How to drive change with goals and create the organization you want” together with Sonja Mewes via Sense & Respond Press. As the founder of okrs-at-the-center.com, she strives to create a collaborative platform, in which OKR practitioners inside and outside of companies can explore the possibilities of developing organizations with OKRs at the heart of their transformation.

Join the OKR Foundations+ Self-Study learning journey
 to understand OKRs
and leverage their potential by adopting them
in an intentional way for your team or company.

How much time do I need to work through this course?

The videos have a total run time of 2 hours - however if you really work through all the content and exercises and allow time for reflection, you can easily spend 5-6 hours.I would recommend to work through the course in batches and come back to the content after experimenting with the learnings later on as well.

How long do I have access to the course?

As long as the course exists, you will be able to access the material.

Course content overview

Module 1: Check-In and introduction

  • Welcome to the OKR Foundations+ Self-study learning journey!
  • Your facilitator and course overview
  • Course Outline and Format
  • Course Workbook and materials
  • Reflection: Your goal for this course
  • Quiz: Are you ready to go?

Module 2: OKR Foundation - Why it's time to think about a new way of working with goals

  • Overview and Learning Outcomes - Module 2
  • The changing environment - and what it means for organizations
  • Introduction to the Case Study
  • Download: Your starting point
  • Blue challenges versus red problems
  • Exercise Introduction: Blue vs. red
  • Exercise Download: Blue vs. red
  • Exercise Reflection: Blue vs. red
  • Key Takeaways Module 2 - A new perspective on goals
  • Further learning and resources

Module 3: The concept of OKRs

  • Overview and Learning Outcomes - Module 3
  • Your associations with OKRs
  • The concept of OKRs
  • Exercise: Defining OKRs - Your first experiment
  • Exercise Download: Defining OKRs - Your first experiment
  • Exercise Reflection: Different perspectives for Key Results
  • There is more to OKRs - The OKR cycle
  • OKRs as part of the organizational system
  • Potential benefits of OKRs
  • Key Takeaways Module 3 - The principles of OKRs
  • Further learning and resources

Module 4: OKR Definition - The crucial step to valuable actions

  • Overview and Learning Outcomes - Module 4
  • The 5-Why Practice
  • From long-term goals to OKRs
  • OKR Definition - Finding valuable Objectives and Key Results
  • OKR Definition Workshop Guide
  • Learn to distinguish between goal and execution level
  • The Bucket Exercise - Introduction
  • The Bucket Exercise - Download
  • The Bucket Exercise - Reflection
  • Key Takeaways Module 4 - The importance of OKR Definition
  • Further learning and resources

Module 5: The iterative OKR Cycle

  • Overview and Learning Outcome - Module 5
  • Continuous improvement and the PDCA cycle
  • Create valuable OKR Check-Ins to better achieve your goals
  • OKR Check-In Guide
  • OKR Reflections to create momentum
  • OKR Reflection Guide
  • Alinging OKRs across teams and organizations
  • OKR Alignment in practice
  • Exercise Introduction: What is different with OKRs?
  • Exercise Download: What is different with OKRs?
  • Exercise Reflection: What is different with OKRs?
  • Key Takeaways Module 5 - The potential of the OKR Cycle
  • Further learning and resources

Module 6: Working with OKRs - Putting the theory into practice

  • Overview and Learning Outcome - Module 6
  • What helps you to achieve your goals?
  • OKR business integration
  • Exercise Introduction: Integrating OKRs with the execution level
  • Exercise Download: Integrating OKRs with the execution level
  • Exercise Reflection: Integrating OKRs with the execution level
  • Working with OKR tools
  • Finding the right OKR tool - Cheat sheet
  • Key Takeaways Module 6 - Balance effort and value
  • Further learning and resources

Module 7: OKR Variations - Finding the right approach for your context

  • Overview and Learning Outcome - Module 7
  • What does success mean for you?
  • OKR variations: Output vs. Outcome OKRs
  • OKR variations: Practical examples and OKR patterns
  • Exercise Introduction: OKR Variations
  • Exercise Download: OKR Variations
  • Exercise Reflection: OKR Variations and OKR System design
  • OKR System Design Template
  • Key Takeaways Module 7 - Individual OKR System Design is key
  • Further learning and resources

Module 8: Successful OKR implementation

  • Overview and Learning Outcome - Module 8
  • Prerequisites for OKR experiments
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Success factors of OKR implementations
  • Key Takeaways Module 8 - Start small, iterate from there and grow together
  • Further learning and resources

Module 9: Course summary and action plan

  • Overview and Learning Outcome - Module 9
  • Course summary and driving ongoing change with OKRs
  • Now It’s time to put the learnings into action!
  • Download: Your personal action plan
  • Next steps and get in touch
  • Course feedback

OKRs AT THE CENTER Academy

The OKRs AT THE CENTER Academy offers learning and development programs that support organizations on their journey towards increased focus, autonomy and value-creation through OKRs. The programs focus on improving OKR knowledge and practical application in their company as well as building internal competencies and roles to successfully work with OKRs.

The OATC Academy offers open and customized trainings and certifications in English and German for “OKR Foundations”, “OKR Coach” and “OKR Process Owner” roles and surrounding topics.