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OKRs for Product Teams Workshop at Leading the Product Melbourne

  • Pullman on the Park, Grand Ballroom Level 1 192 Wellington Parade East Melbourne, VIC, 3002 Australia (map)

OKRs for Product Teams with Bruce McCarthy

Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) are a worldwide phenomenon, helping to drive the success of organizations like Google, Zynga, Oracle, Twitter, and many more. They are particularly suited to driving the alignment necessary for a high-performing cross-functional product team. But if not handled correctly, OKRs can quickly lead to silos, unethical behavior, and demotivation.

About Bruce

Bruce McCarthy is a serial entrepreneur, author, organizer, and speaker at product, UX, and innovation events around the world. He helps growing organizations achieve their product visions through workshops, mentoring, and team coaching. Bruce’s co-wrote Product Roadmapping Relaunched: How to Set Direction While Embracing Uncertainty and opines regularly about Product Culture.

1-Day Workshop

How do the best-performing product cultures use OKRs? Topics we will cover:

  • How to define effective OKRs

  • How to set annual OKRs and break them down quarterly

  • How to determine the right level of ambition for your organization

  • How OKRs drive your product roadmap (and vice versa)

  • How to map OKRs to people and teams

  • How to make OKRs visible across your organization

  • How to turn OKRs into action plans

  • How to monitor and report on OKRs

  • How to adjust OKRs when things don’t go as planned

  • How to get buy-in on OKRs from your stakeholders

We’ll cover the most common what-if scenarios teams experience (or fear):

  • What if we can’t measure the most important things

  • What if we miss our targets

  • What if our outputs don’t generate the outcomes we wanted

  • What if our direction changes mid-year

  • What if we realize our objectives were wrong all along?

And we’ll talk about the pitfalls with OKRs and how to avoid them:

  • How to avoid OKRs becoming “shelfware”

  • How to prevent teams from undermining each other

  • How to prevent gaming and unethical behavior

  • How to clearly articulate the difference between committed and aspirational OKRs

During this workshop, you’ll gain first-hand experience using OKRs throughout a simulated year-in-the-life of a product team, handling what goes wrong, adjusting course, and managing expectations. You’ll also get the chance to set OKRs for your team and get live feedback you can leverage when you get back to the office.