Tools I Use: Objectives and Key Results

What is an OKR?

Why use Objectives and Key Results (OKR)?

Why not just use KPIs or just keep using roadmaps?

Roadmaps are floating and fluid, but do not necessarily address objectives nor key results aside from what might get done once they start. Aside from feature building, what is the point of all this work? Welcome to the world of OKRs.

I digested the audiobook titled Radical Focus about OKRs which was a great 3.5 hour primer in the use of them in a startup.

Here are a few more resources on OKRs:

Roadmap Alternative FAQ

https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/trust-engineers

When Performance Is Measured By Results

Do you use OKRs? Why or why not?

How Do I: use Amazon Alexa

Amazon Alexa is one of the most popular home assistant services that come with an Amazon Echo device.

Devices

Have two of the Echo Dot in my house. One in my kitchen and one in my master bathroom.

A friend of mine has at least 5 of these devices throughout his house

What do use it for?

I listen to:

my daily flash briefing of news stories that I care about and podcasts by asking “Alexa, flash briefing” [all pre-set selection of “skills” I have picked on http://alexa.amazon.com%5D

it as our stereo during dinner parties by asking “Alexa, play jazz”

I ask for:

Weather by asking “Alexa, weather”

Time by asking “Alexa, time” rather than having clocks in every room or glancing at my phone since I rarely wear a watch in sunny Bluffton, South Carolina

Timer in the kitchen is helpful “Alexa, timer 15 minutes”

When trying to figure out what to do with bacon grease, I asked “Alexa, how do I dispose of grease” for an answer from Wikihow.

If that news story has little or no value to me, I say “Alex, Next” to skip forward.

When it acts up or I am done I ask “Alexa, stop”

When do I use it?

When I am preparing a meal or preparing myself for the day in the bathroom (yes, I have one in the master bathroom instead of a radio), I often listen to Alexa. Most often in the morning, but sometimes around dinner time.

More commands

Here is a great list of Alexa commands here, thanks to Ben Smith.

 

 

 

How do I: improve user adoption

After several months of research in what is missing in the market, how to fill that gap and what was worth doing a deep dive to find out a lot more about it, I found the topic for my next (7th) book as well as my next (6th) upcoming podcast series.  It is little talked about, vital to most businesses, ignored by some, misunderstood by more and unknown to many.

During my months of research on the topic, I found the origins of it, found people all over the world willing to share information and their experiences with it.

This is something you should be very aware of whether you work for a business which:

  • offers products or services
  • is non-tech or tech-focused
  • has between 1 to 200,000 employees
  • operates locally, nationally or internationally

Since I only write and podcast about niche topics, the next niche topic I plan to write about and release my next audio podcast series about improving user adoption.

After uncovering a lot of fascinating stories about both internal and external user adoption, I want to share these with you every week starting in September. Subscribe today to follow this weekly podcast series about user adoption at http://useradoptionpodcast.com coming soon. You can stay in the loop for the upcoming book as well.

I am giving some live presentations about how to improve user adoption for those who are interested in finding out more and I will take questions. Join me on:

Thursday, July 19, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM in Savannah, GA
TechSAV at Bull Street Labs

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM in Bluffton, SC
Bluffton Community Library

If you are interested in having me speak near you about user adoption, contact me directly.