Perdoo Explore: Taking the next step

Today marks the release of an exciting new module in Perdoo called ‘Explore’. We’ve added a bunch of new capabilities to what used to be our ‘Browse’ section, and restructured the application in a way that makes it a lot more logical. To celebrate this major release we’ve also switched to a new colour scheme and introduced our refreshing sky blue.

A real reporting module

Our users praise us for the simplicity and intuitiveness of our interface. But so far, an area that our product has been lacking in was reporting. ‘Explore’ is a first big step in that direction and we’ve worked hard to ensure the added functionality in no way compromises the usability our users love.

We’ve significantly enhanced the popular ‘Browse’ section and made it a standalone module accessible from the header. In addition, we renamed the ‘OKR’ module to ‘Profile’ since the browse functionality has now moved to ‘Explore’. With this new structure the 4 modules now each reflect different ways of looking at your OKRs:

  • Dashboard: See how all of your OKRs are doing at a glance
  • Profile: See what individuals and groups are working on
  • Map: See how all OKRs are aligned and come together
  • Explore: Answer any question with data on all users, groups and OKRs in Perdoo

Find what you’re looking for

We received a lot of requests from users that wanted to see more columns in ‘Browse’ and most importantly to sort, filter & search by different metrics. So that’s exactly what we’ve implemented. Here are some of the questions you can now find answers to:

  • Which OKRs have low progress, haven’t been updated in 2 months and are tagged ‘business-as-usual’?
  • What are the top 5 OKRs that are due soon and have low progress?
  • Which of my direct reports haven’t updated their OKRs in 4 weeks and have low overall progress?
  • Which group level OKRs haven’t been aligned and contain ‘revenue’?

These are just some basic examples to demonstrate the reporting capabilities of the Explore module. As we gather more feedback, we’ll of course be improving the filter sets to allow for more customized queries.

You can bookmark any search result in your browser, so it’s easy to create shortcuts to a set of searches that you might want to run regularly. It’s also possible to share a query with your colleagues, since all the information is stored in the URL. Your filters are even saved within Perdoo, so they’re automatically applied when you return to the module.

Another benefit is that you can now click through to explore from a lot of stats in Perdoo. For example an OKR detail page might show you a tag called ‘business-as-usual’. Now you can simply click through to the explore module from there to see exactly which OKRs have the same tag.

What’s next for Todos in Perdoo

At Perdoo we’re focused on helping organizations become more transparent, aligned & engaged. We’re building a dedicated goal management platform, and are determined to become the best in that category. The flip side of working so focused is that you can’t spend time on anything that won’t get you closer to your goal. In our case, that’s building and maintaining a dedicated Todo module.

Another reason we’re not continuing with our own module is because there are already tons of great Todo management apps out there. Tools like Trello, Asana & Google Keep are great solutions for this and we recommend anyone looking for a replacement to check them out.

However, this does not mean that we’re moving away from combining OKR with Todo management. We think that connecting Todos with your goals is a great way to tie them into your daily work and ultimately makes you more aware of them. Furthermore it can help with structuring and prioritizing the tasks you do every day. That’s why one of our key initiatives for 2016 is to integrate Perdoo with several Todo management platforms. Focusing our efforts on building a great integration over a custom module will ultimately create more value and also imply an easier setup process for new users.

Author
Jonathan Morrice

Founder and CPO of Perdoo. After studying Electronic Engineering in Southampton, he worked as a developer for BP, Multi.Com and garmsby, a fashion platform that he co-founded. He has 9+ years of experience in digital business. Since Perdoo’s founding in 2014, Jonathan is responsible for product and IT.

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