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Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, & the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs
Legendary venture capitalist John Doerr reveals how the goal-setting system of Objectives & Key Results (OKRs) has helped tech giants from Intel to Google achieve explosive growth--and how it can help any organization thrive.
In the fall of 1999, John Doerr met with the founders of a start-up whom he'd just given $12.5 million, the biggest investment of his career. Larry Page & Sergey Brin had amazing technology, entrepreneurial energy, & sky-high ambitions, but no real business plan. For Google to change the world (or even to survive), Page & Brin had to learn how to make tough choices on priorities while keeping their team on track. They'd have to know when to pull the plug on losing propositions, to fail fast. And they needed timely, relevant data to track their progress -- to measure what mattered.
Doerr taught them about a proven approach to operating excellence: Objectives & Key Results. He had first discovered OKRs in the 1970s as an engineer at Intel, where the legendary Andy Grove ("the greatest manager of his or any era") drove the best-run company Doerr had ever seen. Later, as a venture capitalist, Doerr shared Grove's brainchild with more than fifty companies. Wherever the process was faithfully practiced, it worked.
In this goal-setting system, objectives define what we seek to achieve; key results are how those top-priority goals will be attained with specific, measurable actions within a set time frame. Everyone's goals, from entry level to CEO, are transparent to the entire organization.
The benefits are profound. OKRs surface an organization's most important work. They focus effort & foster coordination. They keep employees on track. They link objectives across silos to unify & strengthen the entire company. Along the way, OKRs enhance workplace satisfaction & boost retention.
In Measure What Matters, Doerr shares a broad range of first-person, behind-the-scenes case studies, with narrators including Bono & Bill Gates, to demonstrate the focus, agility, & explosive growth that OKRs have spurred at so many great organizations. This book will help a new generation of leaders capture the same magic.
John Doerr is the chair of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which he joined in 1980. He has invested in some of the world's most successful entrepreneurs & companies, including Amazon, Google, Intuit, Netscape, & Twitter. Through his investments, he has helped create more than 425,000 jobs.