Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) have inspired many companies to reach for the audacious. Some even make it their mission to create software to help others with OKRs. If you’re looking for paid ways to scale OKR adoption and usage across a company — whatever the size — these tools might be something to look into. Just remember, these products help an organization commit to OKRs; they aren’t a failsafe.
Check and see if any seem right for your organization. It’s worth noting that, if the funding isn’t quite there yet for a paid OKR software, there are free ways, too.
Best paid OKR tools
Ally.io is a software solution that makes OKRs easy to adopt in everyday workflow. The dashboard might remind you more of Twitter than goal-setting software. It makes the OKR transparency that Ally.io offers engaging, with activity feeds for the individual, team, and company.
Whenever you meet a goal, everybody is alerted, and it automatically cascades to the top of the organization. And Ally.io can integrate with tools companies often are already using, like Slack or Salesforce.
Updates to goals are called “check-ins.” Check-ins are great because Ally.io has a built-in “time machine” that allows a team member to compare their current progress to their historic wins. This sort of transparency can be helpful for weekly 1:1s.
An organization may have slower-moving, high-level Objectives with Key Results that change more frequently. While a typical OKR cycle is quarterly, they don’t have to be if it’s not right for your organization. Ally.io lets companies choose the cadence of their OKRs.
Additionally, if you’re looking for help in figuring out how to roll out OKRs in your corporation, Ally.io offers training from small to enterprise.
Asana is a “work management platform teams use to stay focused on the goals, projects, and daily tasks that grow business.” It’s trusted by organizations like AirBnB, The New York Times, Possible Health, and NASA. While it isn’t strictly marketed as OKR software, companies like Hike and Possible Health have modified Asana for OKR management.
To learn how to do the same, check out Asana’s article on how to adapt their product for OKRs. They even provide a template to help you get started.
Asana integrates easily with tools most companies already use, too, like G Suite, Slack, and Dropbox. They offer an initial free trial and three different tiers of pricing.
John Doerr’s top recommendation (and one of his investments) is Betterworks. Betterworks aims to help you “align your entire workforce to your organization’s top priorities and transparently track progress” — which is pretty much all an OKR-focused organization needs. It integrates easily with tools many companies already use, too, like Gmail, Jira, Outlook, Slack, or Salesforce. These integrations help expedite on-boarding by employees. Betterworks even provides coaching to help new converts craft their first OKRs.
The follow-up to all of this is that Betterworks also supports the sibling to OKRs called “CFRs,” which stand for Conversation, Feedback, and Recognition. They help guide managers “to have regular, lightweight conversations around performance, feedback, development, and recognition.”
Peer-to-peer recognition is also supported, so that any employee, no matter their level, can recognize colleagues for a job well done.
All of this is under the umbrella of actionable insights, with dashboard data that allows senior leadership to fully implement continuous performance management at a glance.
Betterworks offers an initial free trial and then charges a fee per user per month after that. Some companies that use it include AOL, BMV, Sony Music, and Shutterstock.
Lattice helps companies create a culture of goal-setting. It provides a foundational toolkit that allows you to set clear OKRs, build trackable employee-centric 1:1s, and provides a public “Praise Wall” to celebrate wins transparently across an entire organization through their platform.
One of its more unique features is Lattice’s ability to build and run “engagement surveys” for employees so organizations can put their people first.
Lattice has separate pricing plans depending on a company’s needs. They offer a free trial, and after that they bill annually, per person, per month. Companies currently relying on Lattice include Button and Coinbase.
Mooncamp is a German-developed OKR software solution that focuses heavily on how an organization can visualize alignment and filter goals for ease of navigation.
On the Mooncamp dashboard, high-level company OKRs break down into team and individual OKRs. All are built out to be flexible — OKRs can align to one or multiple company goals and other team goals. Goals can then be viewed in a variety of charts, from graphs to progress bars. But most interestingly, OKRs on Mooncamp can also be viewed as a “network view,” similar to a family tree, which shows how all OKRs are related and interact across an organization.
A robust, in-software search tool can also filter and drill down on OKRs across an organization — useful for leadership transparency and cross-departmental.
Mooncamp offers a 14-day free trial and can be scaled across a variety of company sizes. Check them out.
PatPat360 is an OKR software developed in Italy with many features associated with everyday work applications but streamlined for OKR best practices.
Its central dashboard is very Facebook-esque, with avatars of organization members giving updates on “The Wall.” From there, users can navigate in a sidebar to “My Objectives,” which is where OKRs live. Here, OKRs can be dragged and rearranged in a Trello-like board for status updates with comments.
But what stands out with PatPat360 is the way OKRs can be streamlined from the bottom-up. A leader can provide goal-setting parameters for anyone in their department or organization and have them develop and submit their OKRs that fit these criteria for approval. This is the basis of why OKRs were developed. That when “people help choose a course of action, they are more likely to see it through.”
Quantive allows companies, teams, and individuals to link strategy and OKRs transparently. They emphasize the connection between setting strategy and setting OKRs.
To make getting started easier, Quantive offers a variety of collaboration tools, including whiteboards and free templates contributed by community members. This makes it so “anyone in your team can see how their work supports a team or company Objective, creating a culture of meaningful work, flexibility, autonomy, and connection.”
A highly integrable software, Quantive Results is compatible with Asana, Google Analytics, MailChimp, and a companion product Quantive Signal to help automate reporting.
Some customers of Quantive include BaseKit, Hacktiv8, and SendCloud. They offer a free version for use by one team and a free trial for the full version for multiple teams.
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