Writing OKRs

Writing OKRs

Objectives and Key Results made simple


Most teams are new to OKRs (Objectives and Key Results), and some are thrown into the deep end with the mere instruction, “We must use OKRs now.”
Writing good OKRs is hard. Setting meaningful objectives, crafting key results and putting numbers against them is important.

Join Allan to overcome any initial blockers, and experience and practice writing OKRs that effectively cover the next three months and produce meaningful improvements.

Target audience

Are you in charge of setting OKRs for others? Or are you one of those who “need” to use OKRs because someone decided to? Whether you’re a leader or part of the team using OKRS – this workshop is for you.

Some of the roles that will benefit from this workshop the most:

  • managers of all descriptions,
  • product owners and managers,
  • Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches,
  • analysts and team members included in the processes,
  • aspiring leaders who are expected to be using OKRs now or in the future.

Attendees are expected to already be familiar with the core ideas behind OKRs. This training course will not cover what OKRs are or why they might be used.


  • The nature of objectives and key results, what makes a good objective, what they are not, and why objectives are subjective,
  • Objectives in the organizational context and goals-within-goals,
  • Rules of thumb for writing OKRs,
  • How to measure key results, how to put numbers against intangible results and quantify changes,
  • Refining OKRs with feedback,
  • The difference between leading and lagging indicators, the advantages and disadvantages of each.


The workshop is a single 3-hour online block, with some chill-out time at the end.

  • Reviewing example OKRs,
  • Writing Objectives – and what makes a good objective,
  • Writing Key Results – and how to quantify key results,
  • Identifying measuring tools for key results,
  • Using OKRs in an agile setting: an API for the team and bottom-up OKRs rather than top-down management objectives.

Learning objectives

  • How teams and individuals with limited experience will learn to write good OKRs to cover the next 3 months
  • Creating good OKRs with measurable key results
  • What a good objective looks like and how to create one
  • How to compose measurable key results which describe the objective outcome
  • How to interpret OKRs in an agile-compatible way.

Expect to get your hands dirty – How does it work

Attendees will practice writing objectives and measurable key results in the workshop. In addition, you will learn the important skill of reviewing OKRs and the role of conversations and feedback.
This workshop alternatives between group work and exercises – like writing Objectives – and debriefing on activities. Time is roughtly split evenly between the two.

The workshop will happen online and in live streaming: the trainer and all other participants will be in a video conference. You’ll be interacting and working together in real-time thanks to a variety of tools you’ll have at your disposal.
The workshop will keep its highly interactive and hands-on spirit despite being online.
This is why we require that all participants keep their webcam on for the whole duration of the workshop: this will enhance the quality of the communication and of the workshop as a whole.
You won’t be sitting at your desk watching slides and videos, and you’ll be engaged in real-time activities for the majority of the time… as if we were in a real classroom!

Why should you buy a ticket

OKRs are set four times a year, and each set directs work for 13 weeks, so why not invest a few hours to improve every set? Good OKRs demand numbers in the right places, and this is where most newcomers struggle.

Writing good OKRs is hard. Leaders and teams struggle to define clear objectives and measurable key results. Too often, they end up writing to-do lists. Break this anti-pattern and learn to do it right.


What do you mean by “chill-out time”?
It’s our idea for recreating unstructured, relaxed time for a conversation at the end. The delivery is strictly time-boxed in three hours because your time is precious. However, after a 5-minute break we’ll be back online with a warm or cold drink and nothing specific to say. Yes, we’re trying to recreate the “drink after the workshop” experience.

Do I need to know something beforehand in order to participate in this workshop?
Any experience with OKRs and agile is useful to maximize learning from discussions, but not essential.

Will I receive any take aways after the workshop? Materials to keep learning once the class is over?
Participants will receive a digital copy of Allan Kelly’s Succeeding with OKRs in Agile (2nd edition) after completing the workshop.

You’ll also receive an OKR “cheat sheet” designed by Allan Kelly that you can use in your context.

Is there anything I must do before I buy a ticket for this online workshop?
If you have a computer/tablet, a stable connection (at least 20 Mbps in download and 10 Mbps in upload), earphones, a microphone, and a webcam, then you’re ready to join the workshop.
You’ll get detailed information on what tools we’ll be using and how to get ready a couple of weeks prior to the workshop.
Check out your connection’s speed.
The workshop will keep its highly interactive and hands-on spirit despite being online. This is why we require that all participants keep their webcam on for the whole duration of the workshop: this will enhance the quality of the communication and of the workshop as a whole.


This workshop will be confirmed upon reaching the minimum number of participants. We’ll send an official confirmation to all registered attendees 10-15 days weeks prior to the workshop dates.

LAST CHANCE! Are you interested in this course? Please purchase your ticket by Tuesday, 24 September 2024, to help us confirm it as soon as possible.
If we do not reach the minimum number of participants required to activate it by this date, the course will not be confirmed and will be postponed… don’t wait until the last minute to buy your ticket!

The sooner we reach the minimum numbers necessary for its activation, the sooner we can confirm the course and guarantee its execution.
If the course is confirmed, you will see a green tick on this page that says “confirmed/guaranteed to run”, and you will be able to buy tickets even after this date.

About the workshop

Language: English.
Laptop: Yes, check out the FAQ section.
Maximum number of attendees: 12 participants.
Tools and Workstation: The workshop will take place online and in live streaming by using digital tools. You’ll get detailed information on how to join the online workshop, how to get ready for it and how it will work once the workshop will be confirmed.
It is highly recommended that each participant joins the workshop from their own workstation: not sharing one same laptop and/or room with other people will improve the remote experience.

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The Writing OKRs Masterclass with Allan Kelly was great to take my OKR writing to the next level with thought-provoking content, in a collaborative environment, all with a modern way of thinking and workingBreanne Castell

I would strongly recommend Allan’s OKR workshop to companies of all sizes.
OKRs is a valuable tool to align great minds to focus on important work when used correctly. However the beauty lies in the how, and there could be so many misconceptions and how to use it effectively. Allan’s course debugs a lot of that and really articulates and demonstrates the true value very well.Sharon Duan – Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Allan Kelly

L'obiettivo di Allan è raggiungere l'eccellenza nel business grazie all'Agile. Lavora con aziende e team al fine di aumentare efficacia ed efficienza grazie all'uso combinato di OKR e Agile. È consulente per manager, team e specialisti, e li aiuta nel miglioramento del flusso di lavoro, della strategia di prodotto e per una delivery più rapida.

Allan è l'autore di libri quali il best-seller Succeeding with OKRs in Agile, The Art of Agile Product OwnershipBusiness Patterns for Software Developers.

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