OKR and MBO-PMS Difference

MBO (which stands for “management by objectives”) has been a popular management tool for decades. But there’s an alternative approach that’s gaining a lot of traction at the moment: OKR (or “objectives and key results”)


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OKR Vs MBO-PMS  Differences?

Objectives and Key Results (OKR)

History of OKR: In 1975, John Doerr, at Intel, attended a course by Andy Grove where he was introduced to the theory of OKRs, then called "iMBOs" for "Intel Management by Objectives". In 1999, Doerr, introduced the idea of OKRs to a start-up Kleiner Perkins had invested in . Doerr published Measure What Matters in 2017. Larry Page, the CEO of Alphabet and co-founder of , credited OKRs within the foreword to Doerr's book: "OKRs have helped lead us to 10× growth. Since becoming popular at , OKRs have found favor with several other similar tech start-up organizations including , , , and .     - Ref: Wikipedia ©


Conversations, Feedback and Recognition (CFR) and OKRs together provide a clear path to setting and achieving the most inspired to the most trivial goals businesses and teams pursue. OKR Stars™ software integrates with CFR approach, tools, apps (Microsoft Teams and Slack ) to Automate Team Collaboration on Goals.

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John Doerr
Co-Founder & Publisher, © What Matters

Ref. Measure What Matters, World's 1st & #1 Book on OKRs

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OKR Automation

OKR-Setting and Business performance management made easy.

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CFR with Slack

Think beyond email and promote Conversation, Feedback and Recognition on Goal updates inside Slack.

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KPI Automation

Self track the progress of Epic, Story, Task & Bugs by KPI integration automatically.

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CFR with Teams

Think beyond email and promote Conversation, Feedback and Recognition on Goal updates inside Microsoft Teams.


OKR Vs MBO-PMS  Differences?

Management By Objectives (MBO) PMS

History of Performance Management System (PMS) and SMART Goals 1954: Peter Drucker, an Austrian-born American management consultant, educator and author develops MBO (Management By Objectives) practice. 1968: Andy Grove, CEO, Intel develops OKR (Objectives & Key Results) Framework. 1974: John Doerr joins Intel and learns OKR. 1981: Dr. George T. Doran introduces SMART Goals & Objectives. 1999: Co-Founder Larry Page gets introduced to OKRs by John Doerr. 2017: Creating OKRs popularized by Measure What Matters book by Doerr (available at ).  - Ref: Wikipedia ©


Conversations, Feedback and Recognition (CFR) and PMS together provide a clear path to setting and achieving the most inspired to the most trivial goals businesses and teams pursue. Skills2Talent™ PMS software integrates with CFR approach, tools, apps (Microsoft Teams and Slack ) to Automate Team Collaboration on Goals.

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Dr. George T. Doran
Was a dedicated Professor, Author and Entrepreneur

Creator of the S.M.A.R.T acronym. © Ref. Wikipedia®

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MBO-PMS

Goal-Setting and Business performance management made easy.

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CFR with Slack

Think beyond email and promote Conversation, Feedback and Recognition on Goal updates inside Slack.

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KPI Automation

Self track the progress of Epic, Story, Task & Bugs by KPI integration automatically.

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CFR with Teams

Think beyond email and promote Conversation, Feedback and Recognition on Goal updates inside Microsoft Teams.

MBO-PMS (Skills2Talent™) and OKR (OKR Stars™) Difference

We have highlighted the key differences. You can also have either one, both or as per the target requirements based on your road-map.    Contact us → for a free 30 min. consulting/demo.

Managing your talent and organizational objectives is critical for success. It ensures employees can identify and work towards common goals, it encourages responsibility, ownership and autonomy within a role, and assists in executing overall organizational strategy. There are multiple ways to manage this. Two goal-setting frameworks are MBO and OKR and whilst both are inherently designed to track, manage, and appraise output.    Contact us → for a free 30 min. consulting/demo.

1a. Goal Focus (MBO-PMS-S2T™)

SMART Goal focuses on"What" part of Goal. We have various basic/advanced KPI automation & Jira Software Integration as well.

1b. Goal Focus (OKR Stars™)

Our OKR automation focuses on both "What" and "How" part of Goal. We have various basic/advanced KPI automation & Jira Software Integration as well.

2a. Timeline (MBO-PMS-S2T™)

Annual Cycle. Check-in is synchronous with a performance review cycle. We have various custom best practices automation (multiple goal plans). Talk with us for a free 30 min. consulting.

2b. Timeline (OKR Stars™)

Quarterly or Monthly Cycles. We have multiple automatic check-ins for KPI Integrations (Jira software). We have various custom best practices automation. Talk with us for a free 30 min. consulting.

3a. Visibility (MBO-PMS-S2T™)

Goals are Private or Siloed. Goals are visible to HR, Employee and 1st/2nd/3rd line managers...

3b. Visibility (OKR Stars™)

Goals are public and transparent to all employees (BoDs, CXOs to lowest level of employees).

4a. Alignment (MBO-PMS-S2T™)

Top-down approach from Top management to downwards department/teams/individuals.

4b. Alignment (OKR Stars™)

Depts, teams, individuals to Upwards (Bottom-up) or Sideways (inter-depts, teams, individuals).

5a. Link to C&B (MBO-PMS-S2T™)

Always linked or tied to Compensation & Benefits based on the approved appraisal ratings/grades in PMS. This may run the risk of bringing skewed results.

5b. Link to C&B (OKR Stars™)

Mostly not linked or tied to Compensation & Benefits. We have various custom best practices automation. Talk with us for a free 30 min. consulting.

6a. Goal Type (MBO-PMS-S2T™)

MBO-PMS is, by nature, pragmatic and risk-averse. MBO-PMS goals are sanctioned free for alls of "get there any way you can". They are very individualistic, unlike OKRs which are collectively committed and "how" part is transparent to all employees.

6b. Goal Type (OKR Stars™)

OKRs are committed but also Audacious, Aggressive, and Aspirational goal type. They inherently have an OK to fail mentality, provided the "how" part is transparent and collectively committed. This in stark contrast to MBO-PMS, which is individualistic.

OKR Stars™ is the world's "first" OKR + CFR combined and only scalable services including Talent Management products (Skills2Talent™) from same company. Thus you have the convenience of getting Full Implementation Services (Coaching) and SaaS (Software) as one stop solution.    Contact us → for a free 30 min. consulting/demo.

Common Features for both OKR and MBO-PMS applications

Conversations, Feedback and Recognition (CFR)

Integrate with CFR tools (Microsoft Teams and Slack ) to Automate Team Collaboration on Goals.

Goal Conversations

Instead of a single overstuffed inbox, Goal conversations in CFR tools happen in dedicated spaces called channels.

Stay in the loop

Goal updates in CFR tools channels makes team to do visible conversations or find important info in search.

Feedback & Recog.

Unlike email, Goals info in CFR tools lets you choose which conversations are most important - and which can wait.

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Brings goals and collaboration together, giving greater context to the team members perform daily.

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Make goals updates right where daily work happens, and keep team's top of mind with smart alerts.

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Not using CFR tools (Microsoft Teams and Slack ), no worries, our built in features would enable the same in OKR Stars™ and Skills2Talent™.

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Key Data

Our REST API data integration with SSO (Single Sign-on) push updates directly to your frequently used CFR tools (Microsoft Teams and Slack) about goals' progress.

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Progress

The KPIs progress that matter for Key Results are smartly notified in CFR tools (Microsoft Teams and Slack ), by integration in real-time that need attention.

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Together

Collaborating in channels in CFR tools (Microsoft Teams and Slack ) gives everyone in your team a shared view of Goals progress, purpose with files & tools in one place.

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Data Integrations

Common Features for both OKR and MBO-PMS applications

Use our premium and ready data integration capabilities to connect with goals to update their progress automatically, without manual data entry.

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Key Data

Our REST API data integration links directly to your Jira and by JQLs gathers key data points relevant to your needs.

Epic, Story, Bug

Integrate Jira to automatically track Progress, Count of Tickets, Time Spent and Estimate (Original & Remaining) KPIs.

Progress

The KPIs that matter for Key Results are linked, which means the integration auto update in real-time that need attention.

Agile

Fit your KPI framework using Jira data of Scrum, Kanban, Mixed methodologies to scale software Agile delivery.

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Authentication Integrations

Common Features for both OKR and MBO-PMS applications

Connect your existing systems to automatically update the progress of your Key Results to meet your Objectives.

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HRIS Integration, SSO
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Common Features for both OKR and MBO-PMS applications






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Common Features for both OKR and MBO-PMS applications



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