Alignment is one of the five superpowers of the agile framework OKR. It describes how large companies manage to pursue their vision interdisciplinary through the various teams and make it tangible.

OKR (Objectives & Key Results) is an agile framework that enables companies to consistently pursue their vision throughout their organisation. Transparency, Alignment, Focus, Engagement and Stretch Goals are the five superpowers of this method, which each will be described in further articles. In this part of our series, we highlight the superpower Alignment, which primarily encourages the exploitation of synergy potentials in the company.

Often, there is a lack of exchange between departments in companies without using OKR. As a result, synergies are not fully exploited, and conflicting goals are not recognised in time – the teams are not aligned. OKR offers the opportunity to dissolve the existing boundaries and to address different departments through qualitative goals (Objectives) and to use their competences.

Alignment to break down silos and promote interdisciplinary exchange

The OKR framework provides supportfor aligning objectives in business units vertically as well as horizontally. Objectives are developed in a cascade throught the levels and departments in the company in a three-month rhythm to achieve the common vision.

Therefore, the various teams and departments consider what direct or indirect contribution they can make. Individual objectives are designed, which are achieved through appropriately formulated key results. This then provides a measurement tool for the progress of the interdisciplinary teams.

Companies, in which OKRs are worked on together, can generate a symbiotic picture and measurable success by aligning actions across their organization. In upcoming articles, we will introduce you to further OKR superpowers. Please feel free to contact us for an appointment to learn more about the framework and to get more detailed about our approach.

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