Putting people in charge: introducing Pinning

Today we’re releasing Pinning: a brand new feature that allows you to ‘pin’ personal Objectives to group pages. This means you can now take ownership of group-level Objectives.

So far, group Objectives were always owned by the group itself. Key Results could be assigned to individuals, but nobody could take ownership of specific group Objectives. By enabling a group member to own a group Objective, we’re adding a whole new level of flexibility to our product. It’s a big step towards our mission of building a product that can adapt to any type of organization.

People love Perdoo because it’s simple and easy to use. The key challenge our Product Team faces is maintaining our high standards for simplicity while adding new features and flexibility. The problem Pinning solves touches the core logic of OKRs and other vendors have added unnecessary complexity to their software in order to solve it. This post outlines our unique approach and why we think you’re going to love it.

The problem with group Objectives

Companies have different philosophies on how to set goals on group level. Some companies (like Twitter) say that achieving a goal is always the result of a team effort and that no individual can take credit or blame for the outcome of such an initiative. Others argue that one person should always have ownership. There is no right or wrong. What fits your organization best depends on your people and the culture you’ve established.

Up until now Perdoo supported both approaches: OKRs could be owned by individuals and by groups (like teams & departments or squads & tribes). With Pinning we’re adding a third possibility: allowing you to set Objectives on group level, while individuals take ownership of them.

Pinning makes sense

A simple example is an organization that says that the CEO is ultimately responsible for the company’s Objectives. The CEO has set up his personal profile, but the company page is still empty. The CEO can now pin his OKRs to the company, so that they’ll be in sync across the two pages. Our approach even allows him to add additional Objectives to his profile, in case he’s working on other OKRs that aren’t on company level.

To pin or not to pin

It’s important to realize that the scenario described above won’t apply to all companies. If individuals aren’t responsible for group and company level OKRs then pinning isn’t for you. That’s why we’ve implemented it in such a way, that it doesn’t disrupt any existing workflows within Perdoo. If you need it, it’s there. If not, it won’t bother you.

Companies come in all colours, shapes and sizes. How you use OKR is up to you and varies a lot between businesses. Our goal is to provide flexibility to support this process in any organization, without losing the simplicity that our users love.

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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