Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs Hardcover – Illustrated, 24 April 2018
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--Bill Gates "Whether you're a seasoned CEO or a first-time entrepreneur, you'll find valuable lessons, tools, and inspiration in the pages of Measure What Matters. I'm glad John invested the time to share these ideas with the world."
--Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn and author of The Start-up of You
"Measure What Matters deserves to be fully embraced by every person responsible for performance, in any walk of life. John Doerr makes Andy Grove a mentor to us all. If every team, leader, and individual applied OKRs with rigor and imagination, all sectors of society could see an exponential increase in productivity and innovation."
--Jim Collins, author of Good to Great "John Doerr has taught a generation of entrepreneurs and philanthropists that execution is everything. Measure What Matters shows how any organization or team can aim high, move fast, and excel."
--Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and founder of LeanIn.org and OptionB.org "In this indispensable book, the most important venture capitalist of our era reveals a key to business innovation and success. This crisp and colorful book combines fascinating case studies with insightful personal stories to show how OKRs can add magic to organizations of any size."
--Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and Leonardo da Vinci "I'm a big believer in John Doerr's simple yet effective OKR system--I've seen it work firsthand! I encourage every business leader to read Measure What Matters in order to learn some real and practical secrets for success."
--Anne Wojcicki, founder and CEO of 23andMe "John Doerr has been the source of management magic for many of the most iconic companies in Silicon Valley that went on to change the world. Measure What Matters is a must read for anyone motivated to improve their organization."
--Former Vice President Al Gore "Measure What Matters takes you behind the scenes for the creation of Intel's powerful OKR system--one of Andy Grove's finest legacies."
--Gordon Moore, cofounder of Intel "Measure What Matters will transform your approach to setting goals for yourself and your organization. John Doerr pushes every leader to think deeply about creating a focused, purpose-driven business environment."
--Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments "John Doerr is a Silicon Valley legend. He explains how transparently setting objectives and defining key results can align organizations and motivate high performance."
--Jonathan Levin, dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business "Measure What Matters is a gift to every leader or entrepreneur who wants a more transparent, accountable, and effective team. It encourages the kind of big, bold bets that can transform an organization."
--John Chambers, executive chairman of Cisco "In addition to being a terrific personal history of tech in Silicon Valley, Measure What Matters is an essential handbook for both small and large organizations; the methods described will definitely drive great execution."
--Diane Greene, CEO of Google Cloud
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Measure What Matters is about using Objectives and Key Results (OKRs), a revolutionary approach to goal-setting, to make tough choices in business. In 1999, legendary venture capitalist John Doerr invested nearly 12 million dollars in a startup that had amazing technology, entrepreneurial energy and sky-high ambitions. Doerr introduced the founders to OKRs and with them at the foundation of their management, the startup grew from forty employees to more than 70,000 with a market cap exceeding 600 billion dollars. The startup was Google. In Measure What Matters, Doerr shares a broad range of first-person, behind-the-scenes case studies, with narrators including Bono and Bill Gates, to demonstrate the focus, agility, and explosive growth that OKRs have spurred at so many great organizations. This book will show you how to collect timely, relevant data to track progress - to measure what matters. It will help any organization or team aim high, move fast, and excel.
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1)Set goal (Objective)
2)Set tasks to achieve this goal (key results)
3)Make the tasks measurable
This is the OKR.
There. Saved you a few hours.
Interseting stories about some successful companies, other than that, I got very little out of this.
Some of the best parts of the book are the mini case studies from a variety of companies. One of the biggest complaints I hear from founders about OKRs is that it works for Google because, well, Google is *Google*. By letting you hear from founders in their own words - from small startups to fast-growth startups to non-profits - John makes it easy for the reader to model how OKRs could work at their company. It's not just Google: Doerr shows how any ambitious, outcome-oriented organization can benefit from implementing OKRs.
Anyone who wants to understand what makes Silicon Valley tick will learn a lot from this book. So many of the giants from the last fifty years are captured in these pages – as relayed by John, their commitment and ambition shine through. John makes clear that they also shared an embrace of a simple framework for setting goals and communicating throughout their organization – which should be encouraging for any founder who wants to know how to build similarly effective organizations.
(Disclaimer: a brief anecdote involving me is included in the book. I didn't tell John I was writing this review ahead of time - I bought the book last night and wanted to share my thoughts.)
For some weird reasons, I did not enjoy reading the examples very much. Probably because of a mismatch between the book title and my expectations.
I was expecting more of a guide to defining great OKRs within an organization - more of a handbook or practical best practices kind of resource. Such as, how do you define KRs for a software development product? How do you balance between top-down and bottom-up ideas in the OKRs definition process? Etc.
In the end, I felt that some of the examples, especially the OKRs in some of the examples, were lacking in terms of practical details. They were more like stories to demonstrate the versatility of OKRs. And some of the KRs did not seem very measurable to me.
The resources at the end was useful.
Overall, I felt that the book could have been more concise, and the resources at the end could be elaborated more.