Setting goals is important for growth. If you're new to setting goals or setting goals in Fellow, this article will give you an overview of the terminology and what you will see when you click into My Objectives. ***Objectives are an Org Plan beta feature - Message us to gain access***
Note: If you would like to learn more about OKRs in general, check out this blog post about OKRs and KPIs.
What are Objectives and Key Results?
Objectives are competitive goals that you and your team aim to achieve. Each objective is supported by key results which are metrics or measurements that outline the steps needed to achieve the goal. Together, this makes the system of objectives and key results (or OKRs) for tracking goals and progress.
In Fellow, objectives aren't just the statement itself. Each objective has an assignee, a due date, a status, progress, and the related key results.
What are Cycles?
Cycles are the period of time where the objectives are created and completed. Cycles can be traditional business quarters (Q1 2021, etc.) or they can customized to fit your organization's timelines. These cycles will need to be defined by an Admin in Workspace Settings --> Objective Cycles.
Every objective in Fellow can be designate public (visible to the entire workspace) or private (visible to only the contributors and assignees).
Objectives that are visible to you can be filtered by teams/users, statuses, and cycles. For instance, I can filter it down and view only Sasha's objectives (ones where she is the direct assignee, a member of the assigned team, or a contributor)
Or I can view the objectives for a specific team.
Parent and Child Objectives
Since this article's purpose is to define some terminology and give you the lay of the land for Objectives, it's important that we quickly specify what we mean by parent and child objectives.
Parent and child objectives allow for the nesting of objectives. A main objective (the parent) can be broken down into small components (children) to provide more detail and define the key results at every level.
In Fellow, I can view these and the hierarchy using the Tree view.
What else can I do with Objectives?
An objectives tab can be added to streams to make it easy to discuss the progress of OKRs during team meetings. This will help ensure that every team member is aligned on project goals.
As a whole, Objectives can also help every team gain visibility and awareness into what everyone else is working on in the organization. You can also ensure that every team has an aligned vision and goals.