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The question of the right OKR tool

For the everyday implementation of OKRs in practice, the question of the right tool arises during the introduction. The choice is important because the introduction of OKRs is a fundamental change process that must be successfully implemented and accepted by all parties involved.

OKR tools against spreadsheets and table

The introduction of special OKR software has the disadvantage that the employees have to be motivated and trained for another “workspace”. In order to avoid the risk of employees rejecting the OKR method with the tool, many companies opt for tools that are already familiar to those involved, such as Excel spreadsheets. In smaller organizations, we have also found pieces of paper on the kitchen wall that the people involved were comfortable with. Once the OKR method has become well established in the company, it is possible to switch to a special OKR tool at low risk.

Even simple tools like Confluence or Trello are often used. Employees who are not familiar with these tools at the time of implementation usually accept them well, because these tools are very easy to understand. However, just like Excel, they quickly reach their limits, especially in more complex organizations.


Simple and flexible wins!

We successfully use Coloom for OKRs in companies. Just like Confluence, it’s a tool that can be understood very quickly and is well accepted by the people involved. Unlike the tools mentioned above, it allows modeling in any depth and breadth, which we think is advantageous, especially if more than a few dozen people are supposed to work with it. In our experience, Coloom’s free personal account is sufficient to implement the OKRs.

It is important, however, that you create the right basic structure for your organization in Coloom in an orderly and comprehensible way. For all those interested in OKR we have created what we have learned in our Coloom-OKR-Template, which we are happy to make available and which we are also happy to develop or vary in dialogue with the users in order to share what we have learned and exchange experiences.

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Hanno Bromeis

Hanno Bromeis is a seasoned managing director and business development professional. After 15 years of strategy consulting and transaction advisory he co-led a brand development agency advising small and medium sized companies and forming ambitious brands in Germany and the UK. Subsequently he started his own start-up in the tourism industry. Having exited from this venture he now acts as independent advisor for leadership, growth and exit readiness.
Hanno studied business and management at Cologne University and the London School of Economics, lives in Hamburg and enjoys kite-surfing, snowboarding and adventure trips.

I can introduce companies to the OKR goal-setting process that has been instrumental in getting companies like Google where they are now. The benefits of this agile approach are clarity for your team about key activities for the next quarter, allocation of scarce resources, alignment and focus of the entire team, and improved communication.
I help entrepreneurs configure themselves and their organizations for growth and meet the challenges of expanding in dynamic markets.

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