Axy OKR User Guide

Step-by-step Guide for Setting Up and Using Axy OKR

Axy OKR V1.12, June 2020

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Table of contents

Table of contents

Axy OKR

Objectives and Key Results: OKRs

What is this guide about

Starting Up with your OKRs

Company goal, Main Objectives, and Key Results

Aligning your OKRs

Using Axy OKR

Planning

The planning cycle for the Year

Period planning cycles

Execution

Wrap-Up

Objectives and Key Results in detail with Axy OKR

Objectives

Define an objective

New Objective

Convert a Key Result into an Objective

Objective Ownership

Objective Contributors

Objective Tracking and Progress Status

Key Results

Define a Key Result

New Key Result

Key Results using Positive or Negative metrics

Tracking Key Results with Reports

When and How bound reports are Refreshed

Check In and Pulse

Tree View

Using the Tree View

The two Views of the Tree

Tree View

Tab List View

New Objective from Tree View

Filtered view of the Tree

Tree Filters

Tree Search Boxes

Navigating through the Tree

One on One Module

Using the One on One module

New One on One

Talking Points

Axy OKR Dashboards

Managing OKRs evolution

Dashboard Filters

Planning Dashboard

Execution Dashboard

Wrap-Up Dashboard

Employee Engagement Dashboard

Axy OKR Customization Setup

OKR - Best Practices

Automation Parameters

Notifications Parameters

Org Hierarchy

One on One

Check in & Pulse

Axy OKR Installation

Install Axy OKR in your Salesforce org

Axy OKR Objects and Relationships

Assign Axy OKR licenses in your Production environment

Assign Axy OKR Permission Sets

Providing access to Axy OKR Reports and Dashboards

Access to Axy OKR Logs

Activate Field History Tracking.

Uninstall Axy OKR


Axy OKR

Axy OKR is the best tool to implement Objectives and Key Results methodology and management system into your organization.

Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) methodology is a widely spread strategy for goal setting within the best and high growth organizations. The purpose of OKRs is to connect company, team, and personal goals to measurable results while having all team members working together in one unified direction.

OKRs were first introduced and defined in Intel by Andy Groove. And nowadays OKRs are a fundamental piece for guiding organizations like Google, LinkedIn, Intel, Zynga, Sears, Oracle….

Objectives and Key Results: OKRs

An Objective represents WHAT you want to achieve. Objectives are qualitative goals. They have to be ambitious and set the direction and focus of the company, team or individual in a period of time. The objective has to be significant and action-oriented but challenging: the principle of inspiration.

The Key Results define HOW you are going to achieve that Objective. Key Results have to be specific, time-bound, and metric-driven; measurable and verifiable. They have to show the path to reach the objective.

The Objective is the desired outcome and the Key Results are the measurable steps or “pieces” required to achieve that outcome. It is necessary to define enough and relevant KRs that, when reached, produce the outcome. To produce the outcome when reached, it will be necessary to define the quantity and relevant KRs.

OKRs, to which we will refer frequently throughout this guide, are the set of objectives with its key results.

Let's see it with an example:

Objective:

  • Improve Sales Team satisfaction

Key Results:

  • Define Team Building Activities plan by April
  • Coaching of key people in the Sales team by May
  • Team building activities Q1 plan execution
  • Employee Satisfaction Survey by mid-June: Employee Satisfaction Index >89%

This objective has been defined for the second quarter of the year (Period) and it has four Key Results, each of them with a Due Date and a Target Result, so therefore totally measurable.

OKRs have to enable the whole organization to work in the same direction (Alignment), with a common and clear target (Focus), easily measurable (Tracking) that motivates people to deliver the best of themselves. (Stretching).

Focus-Alignment-Tracking-Stretching are the characteristics of good OKRs and as John Doerr defined in his book Measure what matters, the “Superpowers” that OKRs provide to organizations

OKRs are driven and conveyed from the top-level of the organization: CEO or organization leader will set the Company Goal, normally for the year.

Alignment is key for organization success. By aligning OKRs, you can set Top-Down or ask for Bottom-Up objectives

Setting Top-Down objectives will ensure that the organization is totally aligned with Company Goals. And asking for Bottom-Up objectives will leverage the commitment, innovation, and knowledge of every person in your organization to reach your goals.

A good balance between both types of objectives is key for OKRs implementation success. A best practice is set at least 50%-60% of the objectives Top-Down.

In order to guarantee alignment in the organization, any sort of objective has to be related to the Company Goal in some way: it could be related directly to the Company Goal or it could be related to an upper Objective through a parent Key Result. Each objective in the organization has to be related and contribute to another objective through one of its key results.

In this way the whole organization will be aligned with the Company goal and the Main Objectives.

On the following pages, we will show you how to use Axy OKR to easily set and manage OKRs within your company or organization.

What is this guide about

This guide will show you how to:

  • Setup OKRs for the first time, following a quick and easy wizard that will help you define your Company Goal: the main OKRs at the company level, the periods in which you will focus your execution and the planning and wrap-up cycles.
  • Align the OKRs definition and execution for your organization, setting Top-Down and Bottom-Up OKRs in a very easy manner thanks to the Tree view. We will explain these concepts later in detail.
  • Use Axy OKR to manage the planning, execution, and wrap-up cycles for your OKRs.
  • Define Objectives and Key Results in detail, to leverage all the functionalities of Axy OKR.
  • Analyze the OKRs implementation, thanks to the Axy OKR dashboards
  • Administrate the settings to customize Axy OKR for your own organization.

In this guide, Salesforce admin will find as well how to:

  • Install Axy OKR in your Salesforce org.
  • Assign app profiles and permissions
  • Assign Axy OKR licenses
  • Access to app logs

If you are installing for the first time Axy OKR, please go to Axy OKR Installation section

Starting Up with your OKRs

Company goal, Main Objectives, and Key Results

With Axy OKR you must first define the Company Goal. The Company Goal sets the direction for the year. It defines the whole organization's target.

Company goal will be split into the Main (Company) Objectives. You should define 2 to 5 main objectives for your organization to stick to as the company goal.

Main Objectives will also have to be defined for the year. Owners of these Main Objectives can be the CEO or his/her Directors or VPs.

First you have to define 2-5 Key Results for every Main Objective.

Then you have to think of the Period for OKRs execution and management. The quarter is the period that is most used. A quarter is short enough to ensure we maintain the focus on the objective and long enough to execute and to be reviewed several times.

Axy OKR will also allow you to define the Planning and Wrap-Up cycles. Planning cycle is the number of days you will use to plan (define) the OKRs for the next period. Wrap-Up cycle is the number of days used to review and learn from OKR execution from the previous period.

Axy OKR provides a Wizard that will guide you through 4 simple steps, to define your Company Goal, the Period and Cycles, the first Main (Company) Objective and Key Results to define the “how” and measure the achievement.

  1. Navigate to Company Goal Wizard in Home tab
  2. Click on New
  3. Define Company Goal and Company Goal Period to achieve it
  4. Define OKRs Period Frequency, Planning and Wrap-Up
  5. Define Main OKRs for the CEO or Main Manager
  6. Review what you have defined and save

In our example:

  • Company Goal: First one in market share in 2019
  • Main Objective: Double size at the end of fiscal year 2019
  • Yearly objective
  • Period for OKRs: Quarter
  • Planning and Wrap-Up cycles: One week
  • Key Result 1: Launch at least two new product releases
  • Type: Boolean
  • Key Result 2: $57M revenue in 2019
  • Type: Currency
  • Key Result 3: Increase employee satisfaction by 20%
  • Type: Percentage

Axy OKR will generate everything automatically and you can define other 1 or 2 Main Objectives and their related Key Results (Go to section Objectives to learn how to define them).

Important note: The Company Goal created with the Wizard is set as Not Public, and the Main Objectives are set as Private.

  • As long as you maintain the Company Goal as Not Public, not any users will see that Company Goal.
  • This behaviour is enforced in order to permit C Level users to define and agree the main OKRs prior to making them public to the rest of the organization.
  • Once you are ready to start the OKR setting for the rest of the organization, change the Company Goal to Public and the Main Objectives to Not Private

Now you are ready to start with your OKRs planning cycle and for the alignment with your team.


Aligning your OKRs

Alignment is key for organization success. For aligning OKRs, as we have mentioned previously, you can set Top-Down or ask for Bottom-Up objectives.

A good balance between both types of objectives is key for OKRs implementation success. A best practice is set at least 50%-60% of the objectives Top-Down.

Top-Down Objectives

Top-Down objectives should be set at company and team levels:

  • CEO/Organization leader set Top-Down objectives to their VPs
  • VPs set Top-Down objectives to their Managers
  • Managers set Top-Down objectives to their team members.

You can set Top-Down objectives defining the child objectives of one of your KRs and assigning them to your team.

Each of your KRs that you want to align Top-Down should have 2-5 Objectives for your team.

Let's see how to do it with Axy OKR:

  1. Navigate to Objectives
  2. Go to the objective you want to set Top-Down
  3. Navigate to Key Result tab in the Objective
  4. Select one of the KRs and go to Child Objectives
  5. Define a New objective
  6. Assign it to a person in your team

Repeat for every Objective you want to set Top-Down.

TIP: You can as well create a child objective directly from a Key Result using the Convert to Child Objective button or even from the Tree View.

A best practice is to leave the Key Results for the team. You know WHAT you want them to achieve and they know HOW to do it.

Bottom-Up Objectives

Your team will align their objectives, either defining their Bottom-Up OKRs or the KRs for the Objectives you have set Top-Down. Ask them to do it (Go to section Objectives to learn how to define them).

Each of the objectives of your team has to be related and contribute to one of your OKRs or other upper OKRs.

Alignment view

At this moment in the PLANNING of your OKRs for the year, the complete organization will see your company OKRs and can align their efforts towards them. (Be sure your company goal and the objectives that have already been set have the PUBLIC switch checked)

Then your team will continue setting down the objective through the different levels of your organization, following the same process.

This process of Bottom-Up and Top-Down objectives definition, performed sequentially at every level and by every team in the organization, will end with the complete alignment of everyone with the Company Goal and the main objectives.

Axy OKR has a powerful Tree view of the objectives, so anyone in the company can see the alignment of everyone else ́s objectives.


Using Axy OKR

Planning

The planning cycle for the Year

As we have said at the beginning, the first step is to set up the OKRs for the company for the year: the Company Goal and the Main Objectives. The Wizard that was previously described will guide you on how to achieve it. This is the first planning phase. To give an example, at the C-Level you will:

  • Define Company Goal
  • Set the Top-Down objectives, several or all Main Company Objectives to the C-level.
  • The C-level team will define Key Results for those Main Objectives
  • Ask them for Bottom-Up objectives. C-Level will discuss and set them.

Then Planning will go down through the organization:

  • C-Level will set Top-Down and ask for Bottom-Up objectives.
  • The same process will be followed by Managers with their teams
  • Every individual will finally have their Top-Down objectives and set the Bottom-Up ones.

Period planning cycles

During the year you will have other planning cycles, one for each of the periods you have defined. Typically per quarter, you have to:

  • Define the quarterly Objectives for the company
  • Cascade Top-Down OKRs into the organization
  • Ask for Bottom-Up OKRs
  • Have team objectives discussions
  • Approve objectives if needed by managers

In order to manage the progress of Planning cycle, Axy OKR provides the Planning Dashboard

Execution

Execution cycle starts automatically at the Period starting date.

The most important thing during the execution phase is the Check In. Axy OKR can help and encourage your users to review every week their OKRs progress (See Check In & Pulse setup in the Axy OKR setup section):

  • Update manual type KRs
  • Update Tasks in TODO type KRs
  • Review KRs progress automated by bound reports (see Tracking key results to know about tracking Automation)
  • Review and assess the Objective Achievement

Checking In every week will help users to establish a discipline for tracking their Objectives and KRs in order to take actions and understand the validity of the planned OKRs

And, of course, Execute, Execute, Execute!!

In order to manage the progress of Execution cycle, Axy OKR provides the Execution Dashboard

Wrap-Up

The wrap-up cycle starts automatically at the Period end date.

What to do in Wrap-Up cycle:

  • Update the final result of every manual type OKRs, including the last tasks for the KRs based on tasks
  • Sit down with your manager to discuss your progress on OKRs during the past period.
  • Receive his/her feedback
  • Think of and review the validity of the actions and key results that have been defined in order to reach the objective. Analyze whether obtaining the key results have actually contributed to the objective or not
  • Score the objectives. Axy OKR will show you, as a guidance, the Achievement and the Progress %, according to the KR actual results and the assigned weights. But you and your manager have to really score the Objective. This scoring is a number between 0 and 1:
  • 0.7 to 1.0 = green. (We delivered.)
  • 0.4 to 0.6 = yellow. (We made progress, but fell short of completion.)
  • 0.0 to 0.3 = red. (We failed to make real progress.)
  • Learn from it to plan the following period

In order to manage the progress of Wrap-Up cycle, Axy OKR provides the Wrap-Up Dashboard


Objectives and Key Results in detail with Axy OKR

Objectives

Define an objective

An Objective represents WHAT you want to achieve. The Objective will also require defining HOW you are going to achieve that by creating Key Results.

In order to guarantee alignment in the organization, any objective has to be related to the Company Goal in some way:

  • It can be related directly to the Company Goal, as with the Main Objectives
  • It can be related to a parent Key Result

Relating a child objective to a parent Key Result means that your objective is aimed to contribute in some way to that OKR.

Objectives have Level and Type. The Level is implicitly detected from the parent relation. The Type could be Company, Team or Individual.

The Objective also needs to have a Period where it is supposed to be achieved

An objective is normally related to an upper-level Key Result. But it can be related as well to someone's key result at the same level, in his/her team or in other areas of the organization.

New Objective

Follow the next steps to define an Objective

  1. Navigate to Objectives tab
  2. Click on New
  3. Define Objective Name, Status, Type, Period and Parent Key Result to align
  4. Decide start and end dates for your objective
  5. Review what you have defined and save

In our example:

  • Objective Name: Coaching of key people in North Area Sales Team
  • Status: Active
  • Type: Individual
  • Period: 2020 Q3 Period
  • Parent Key Result: Coaching of key people in the Sales team Q3

Convert a Key Result into an Objective

You can create a child objective directly from a Key Result using the Convert to Child Objective button. This is a fantastic way to contribute and directly align your objectives with the OKRs of other people in the organization.

  1. From any Key Result page, click on Convert to Child Objective button
  2. A pop-up window with default information from the Key Result appears
  3. Edit Objective Name, Type, Status and Period if needed and save
  4. If you go now to Child Objectives tab, you will see your new Objective

Objective Ownership

The owner of an objective is, by default, the one that has created it. But sometimes an objective needs to be reassigned to another user. For example, when you create OKRs for others following the Top Down practice, you have to change the owner.

Who can change the owner of an objective?

The objective ownership can be changed to other person by

  • The current owner of the Objective
  • The Salesforce Admin user that have full access to any object
  • Any user above the current owner in the hierarchy

If any user different from these three types tries to change the owner of an objective, the following error will appear:

Objective Contributors

When an objective is Team type, the members (users) of the team can be defined in Axy OKR as Contributors to that objective.

A team member can be Responsible or just a Contributor. This Role must be defined when you are assigning the contributors to the objective.

Objective Tracking and Progress Status

Axy OKR has several parameters for assessing the forward or completeness status of both Objectives and Key Results.

OBJECTIVES have several fields that indicate status, and all are automatically calculated. During the Execution, you have to track the following fields:

  • On TRACK key results: Indicates the number of Key results whose progress is above 70%.
  • PROGRESS (%). Indicates the percentage of progress based on the Progress of KRs and the weight of each KR in its contribution to the OBJECTIVE
  • Example: An OBJECTIVE with two KRs, one with 100% progress and a weight of 40% and another with 40% progress and a weight of 60% will result in an OBJECTIVE PROGRESS of 64%.
  • ACHIEVEMENT FORECAST. It is an indicator of the progress depending on the elapsed time. If it is less than 100% it indicates that there may be a risk of not reaching it
  • ACHIEVEMENT. This field is calculated automatically if desired, or assigned manually. It is an indicator of the good progress of the OBJECTIVE. If it is automatic, it is calculated based on the Achievement forecast and the time remaining to reach the OBJECTIVE.

When entering into the Wrap Up cycle, the objective has to be graded in the SCORE field. The owner decides, based on his/her analysis of the achievement and the way in which he/she has worked to achieve the objective, how to score the final Objective result


Key Results

Define a Key Result

Every objective could have from 3 to 5 Key Results. These Key Results define HOW we aim to reach our objective (the WHAT).

Key results in Axy OKR can be typed as boolean, number, percentage, currency, TODO lists… any of the types allow assigning a target value to a Key Result in order to measure the progress. These types are used to measure different categories of KRs:

  • To reach or meet an specific outcome, you can use NUMBER or CURRENCY
  • To reduce or increase any metric in a portion, use PERCENTAGE
  • For reaching thresholds or meeting specific conditions, use BOOLEAN (Yes/No)
  • If you want to track milestones or activities, then use TODO type

A really powerful feature is the possibility of binding a Salesforce report to automate the progress tracking of the key result.

Axy OKR automatically runs the bound report every night in order to update the Key Result’s result and update the objective progress.

New Key Result

Go through the following steps to define a Key Result

  1. Navigate to Key Results tab
  1. Or, if you are on the Objective page, navigate to Key Results subtab
  1. Click on New
  2. Define Key Result Name, Status, Objective, Result Type, and Target Key Result
  3. Decide Due Date for your key result
  4. Define the Weight: Percentage of objective contribution. This is normalized by default.
  5. Review what you have defined and save

In our example:

  • Key Result Name: Support at least 4 new sales opportunities
  • Status: Active
  • Objective: Improve pre-sales support
  • Result Type: Individual
  • Target Key Result: 4
  • Due Date: June, 20th 2109
  • Weight: 35%

Key Results using Positive or Negative metrics

Usually you meet a Key Result when you reach or pass it. So when the result is higher than the target, you are done. In an example:

  • You define a KR to reach an NPS of 150. You will use NUMBER as type.
  • If you have an NPS of 100, Axy OKR will calculate progress as 66%
  • If you have a 165 NPS, Axy OKR will calculate progress as 110%

This is what we call a Positive metric: the progress is higher when the number or % is higher.

But sometimes you need to track a reduction of any business parameter. They are called Negative metrics:

  • Reduce the Customer churn rate to 10%
  • Employee attrition lower than 12%
  • Average Age Opportunity less than 65 days

Axy OKR measures as well the progress on a Negative metric. We called it: Inverse Progress since you are progressing well when lower results are getting.

It is quite simple: by just checking the Inverse Progress checkbox in the Key Result the system will automatically calculate the Key Result progress in Inverse mode.

The following Key Result has a target of 15%, and a result of 20%. Being negative, the lower the result the better the progres:

Tracking Key Results with Reports

A very unique feature of Axy OKR is the possibility to track and measure the progress of a Key Result binding Salesforce reports to them.

You can set any aggregated report field of any report to the Key Result you want to track. A few examples:

  • Pipeline coverage, quota attainment, revenue amount… for Sales KRs
  • Average case time resolution, percentage of First Call Resolution… for Customer Care KRs
  • Number of MQLs, SEM efficiency by UTMs… for Marketing KRs
  • The number of New Distributors, revenue from Dealers… for Channel Sales KRs
  • ...

Go through the following steps to bind a report to a Key Result

  1. Browse to any Key Result page
  2. Click on Automation sub-tab
  3. Toggle on the Automation Mode switch
  4. Search the report you want to bind
  5. Select the Aggregate Field of the report you want to use to track the Key Result
  6. A success message will appear as Axy OKR is running the report and updating the result

In our example:

  • Key Result Name: 250% Pipeline coverage in Q3
  • Bound report: Quarterly Pipeline Coverage
  • Aggregate Field Name: Pipeline coverage

Important note: Axy OKR runs the report using the objective’s owner user. This means that visibility sharing settings are applied, so the data gathered from the report is the correct one for every Key Result owner.

When and How bound reports are Refreshed

Axy OKR will refresh automatically each KRs with a bound report scheduling a job to run the report on behalf of the owner.

Axy OKR will schedule the jobs with the frequency defined in the Automation Interval in minutes field defined in the Axy OKR Setup tab in the Automation section.

Bound reports can be refreshed as well by pressing the Refresh Result button at any time in the Key Result main view. This will only work for the owner of the OKR or any other Team member if the OKR is Team type.



Check In and Pulse

The real value of OKRs is obtained when every individual and team is frequently tracking the progress of the Objective and the validity of the KRs. It's the only way to take corrective actions and modify the KRs when needed to get to the objective.

Adopting regular OKR check-ins requires constant push and team commitment. Weekly Check-ins are the most powerful tool to assure that OKR practice is delivering value.

Axy OKR provides the way to kindly remember every user the need of checking and facilitates it through an easy wizard.

Every user will receive a weekly notification in the Mobile App to start the Check In if this notification is set (See Check In & Pulse setup in the Axy OKR setup section). When the user clicks on the Notification, the Check In wizard is launched.

The Check In wizard guides you all through your objectives. For each objective, you can easily:

  • Update any KR manually
  • Review any automated KR
  • Asses and set the Objective Achievement status

The Check In wizard launches as well a Pulse score track. The user will value his/her mood on a scale from 1 to 5.

Tree View

Using the Tree View

Alignment is key for organization success. For aligning OKRs, the Tree View is a powerful visual tool. You will be able to:

  • See the complete scheme of OKRs dependencies and contributions.
  • Find how every objective owner is contributing to the parent OKR
  • Objective details and key results are accessible by clicking on every box
  • Navigate through the tree using the filters and search boxes::
  • Selecting the root company goal
  • Filtering by objective achievement
  • Showing all or only your objectives
  • Showing the complete hierarchy from the objectives, or a number of tree levels
  • Searching objectives by name or by owner
  • Switch from a pure Tree view to a Tab List view, whatever is more convenient for you
  • Expand and collapse the tree levels clicking on the “yellowed” OKRs boxes

A good practice to define and align objectives is to create them directly from the Tree View.

Tree view always shows by default (when you enter) the first three levels of OKRs.

Important note: To see any OKR in the Tree View it has to be Active and Not Private.

The two Views of the Tree

You have two different views to navigate through the tree:

  • A graphic view with the objectives boxes joined with lines by their dependencies and contribution relationships: the Tree view
  • A Tab List view where the contribution and relationships among objectives are ordered and showed with tabs

Tree View

Tab List View

New Objective from Tree View

Go through the following steps to define an Objective

  1. Navigate to Tree View tab
  2. Look into the tree for the Objective you want to contribute, using the Filters and Search boxes (see deeper explanation on these filters below)
  3. Click on the Key Results label in the objective box. A popup with the Key Results will appear
  4. Choose the Key Result and click on the symbol to directly convert it into an Objective
  5. A pop-up window with default information from the Key Result appears
  6. Edit Objective Name, Type, Status and Period if needed and save
  1. Your new Objective Details page appears
  1. Set yourself as the Objective owner


Filtered view of the Tree

There is a powerful set of filters and search boxes in the Tree to help you navigate and go to the OKRs you want to review or manage.

Tree Filters

You have three main filters to help you focus on the objectives you want to review:

  • Company Goal filter. With this you select the root company goal. You normally will have one only Company Goal, but some organizations can have several ones. As an example, the different business units of a multinational company can have different and isolated company goals
  • Achievement filter. You can decide to see only the objectives At Risk or On track… or all of them
  • My Objectives filter. With this filter, the tree will show your objectives only (My objectives) or your objectives and all the objectives related to yours in the levels behind (My Hierarchy).
  • Levels to show. You will see the objectives and all the objectives that contribute to them up to the level number that you select.

These four filters act combined, presenting the objectives that meet ALL the selected conditions.


Tree Search Boxes

You have two search boxes to help you focus on the objectives you want to review:

  • Search Objective. You can find a concrete objective searching by its name. You will see the fist five objectives matching your text, narrowing the results as you are writing, so you can select the right one.
  • Search Owner. The tree will show only the objectives owned by the user you select.

When you use one of these search boxes, the filters are applied with the exception of the My Objectives one


Navigating through the Tree

You can navigate the Tree using the filters and search boxes.

Let's see it with an example, using the Filters:

  • Company goal: Find a healthy and sustainable growth to

accelerate in FY2020

  • Achievement: On Track
  • My Objectives: All
  • Levels to show: Five
  • Objective: N/A
  • Owner: N/A


Let's see another example, using the Search Boxes and playing with filters at the same time.

Note: When using the Objective search box or the Owner search box, the My Objectives filter is disabled

When Axy OKR displays the filtered OKRs, those that do not meet with the conditions are shown in light gray. This is to see clearly which are the ones you are looking for, but at the same time see where they are in the tree and how they contribute to others.

You can always navigate through the entire tree

  • Changing from one view to another using the buttons:

  • In the Tree view, you can show and collapse the levels by clicking in the OKR box. When you see an OKR box colored with yellow, this means there are OKRs in the levels behind contributing to it.

  • In the Tab list view, you can show and collapse the levels by clicking on the owner picture or on the tab symbols

  • In this view, you can see the target end date. It will show Past Due (if this is the case) and hovering over the text will show the end date.
  • Using the button to Collapse everything and start to navigate from the company goal
  • Expanding the whole tree by clicking the button


One on One Module

Using the One on One module

OKRs practice is based on communication. Communication to establish the objectives, to align through the organization and to be sure everyone is focused on them.

Probably the One on One meetings are the most powerful communication tool in an organization. Axy OKR helps users to handle those regular meetings with a complete One on One module

New One on One

Follow the next steps to define a One on One meeting

  1. Navigate to One on Ones tab
  2. Click on New
  3. Define Guest, Organizer, Status, Length of the meeting and optional Notes
  4. Decide Date and Time for the One on One
  5. Define the Repeat rule, weather you want make it recurring or not
  6. Review what you have defined and save

In our example:

  • Guest: Jennifer Mitchell
  • Organizer: Elizabeth White
  • Status: Pending
  • Repeat: Two weeks after completed
  • Length: 30 minutes
  • Notes: Check how the adoptions of OKRs is running

Note: One on One meeting owner is the one that creates the One on One. She/he can be the Organizer but not necessarily.

Axy OKR creates automatically an event in the calendar of both, Organizer and Guest, if Sync Calendar Event is checked in the Setup.

Organizer and Guest will receive emails and chatter notifications of the One on One.

If a Repeat rule is applied, Axy OKR will create a new One on One anytime the previous meeting is marked as Done in the Status field.

Talking Points

You should define the talking points of your One on One meeting. If you define in a recurring One on One several talking points, you will be sure that you review and discuss the main points in every meeting.

Defining a Talking Point when you are in the One on One page is quite simple

  1. Click on New
  2. Define the Topic
  3. Review what you have defined and save

Repeat the process for every Talking point you want to define.

When you run the One on One meeting you will review the talking points, add others if needed, and check the closed switch once you have gone through them.

If any talking point is not checked as closed and you have done the One on One, that talking point is automatically moved to the next One on One (If Repeat rule is applied).

As One on Ones are so important for organization and individuals success, Axy OKR provides a dashboard and a set of reports to manage and drill down the One on Ones.


Axy OKR Dashboards

Managing OKRs evolution

OKR methodology success depends very much on continuous management, planning, executing and wrapping up, and then starting again.

Axy OKR provides a complete set of reports and dashboards to facilitate the adoption and the management of OKRs for every phase and stage.

Dashboard Filters

Axy OKR has a dashboard for each cycle of OKR management:

  • Planning
  • Execution
  • Wrap-Up

In each of these dashboards you will see several reports, all related to a set of OKRs. Axy OKR decides the Objectives shown on each dashboard by filtering if they are in Planning, Execution and/or Wrap Up cycles

To calculate this, the systems uses the current date and the Objective Start and End dates:

  • An objective is in Planning if the current date is within the Planning Cycle and between Objective Start and End Date
  • An objective is in Execution if the current date is within the Execution Cycle and between Objective Start and End Date
  • An objective is in Wrap-Up if the current date is within the Planning Cycle and between Objective Start and End Date

Planning Dashboard

In the Planning cycle, you want to make sure everything is ready to start execution. Planning dashboard shows to you:

  • Periods in Planning Cycle. Usually the following quarter
  • Objectives by Status. How the organization is progressing on objectives definition and approvals
  • Objectives by User and Status. How everyone is progressing on objectives definition and approvals
  • Key Results by Status. How the organization is progressing on Key Results definition and approvals
  • Key Results by User and Status. How everyone is progressing on Key Results definition and approvals
  • Automatic vs Manual Key Results. How “automated” is your OKR structure
  • Automatic vs Manual Key Results, by User. In percentage.
  • Users with objectives with more than 3 KRs. Having more than 3 Key Results in an objective can imply you are not focusing on the important levers for your objective. This is only a “common sense” rule. But if most of the objectives have more than 3 KRs, you probably need to review some of them.
  • Users with objectives with less than 3 KRs. To be sure that everyone applies OKR best practice of having at least 3 KRs per objective. Or investigate if they have a reason for that.
  • # Objectives by user. How many objectives has every user. Three on average is good practice.

Go through the following steps to access to Planning Dashboard

  1. Navigate to Dashboard tab
  2. Go to Planning OKR Dashboard in Axy OKRs Dashboards folder
  3. Refresh it and browse


Execution Dashboard

When you are in execution you should review every two weeks how the organization is progressing towards the OKRs. You can not wait till the last moment to see if you, your team or the organization are in the good direction.

OKRs should be flexible, and if any of them is not working, you should decide to change it even before the period ends.

Axy OKR provides a set of reports in the Execution Dashboard that allows you to detect the OKRs progress, and take action on it.

Execution dashboard shows to you:

  • Periods in Execution Phase. Usually the actual quarter and the year
  • Objectives Progress by Type. It shows the percentage of objective progress per type: Company, Teams, and Individuals
  • Objectives Progress by User. It shows the percentage of objective progress per user.
  • Objectives achievement. Displays the number of objectives per achievement level: At risk, Behind, On Track or Achieved
  • Objectives achievement by User. Displays the number of objectives per achievement level and by user.
  • Objectives achievement forecast. Axy OKR calculates achievement forecasts based on Time Progress and Objective Progress. This report helps to focus on those objectives that probably will not be accomplished, so corrective actions should be taken.
  • # Not On Track Key Results by user. You can see the users with the number of Key Results they have not on track.
  • Key Results Achieved by Period. The number of already achieved and not yet achieved
  • Objectives with Overdue Date. Tracking of objectives with a past due date
  • Objectives progress by user. Showing the objectives progress evolution classified by type (Company, Team and Individual) and users.

Go through the following steps to access to Execution Dashboard

  1. Navigate to Dashboard tab
  2. Go to Execution OKR Dashboard in Axy OKRs Dashboards folder
  3. Refresh it and browse


Wrap-Up Dashboard

Wrap-Up is probably the most important phase of the OKRs methodology. In this phase, you have to have conversations with your team, analyze, be critical and honest, assess whether the activities defined in the Key Results have actually contributed to the Objectives. And assess how the Objectives within the organization have contributed to the Main Objectives and the Company goal.

This is the time to set the Scoring (Grading) to the objectives. This scoring, discussed and agreed with the Managers, shows the actual progress and achievement of the objectives.

Wrap-Up dashboard shows:

  • Wrapping up Periods. Usually the past quarter.
  • Achieved Key Results. The total number of key results Achieved and Not Achieved
  • Hall of Fame. Ranking of individuals as per objective scoring
  • Objectives Grading. The number of Objectives classified as Failed, Not Enough and Achieved
  • Objectives Grading details. The scoring ranking of Objectives.
  • Users with objectives not scored. The list of people with no yet scored objectives
  • Objectives with Overdue Date. Tracking of objectives with a past due date, classified by type (Company, Team or Individual)

Go through the following steps to access to Execution Dashboard

  1. Navigate to Dashboard tab
  2. Go to Wrap-Up OKR Dashboard in Axy OKRs Dashboards folder
  3. Refresh it and browse


Employee Engagement Dashboard

This is an additional dashboard to facilitate analytic information about your employees engagement on the communication, interaction between managers and individual contributors and the satisfaction pulse of the team.

Employee Engagement dashboard shows to you:

  • One on Ones Evolution This Year
  • One on Ones by Organizer by Month
  • One on Ones by Guest by Month
  • Guest Ranking
  • Organizer Ranking
  • Organizers
  • Pulse Progress this year
  • Pulse last 30d
  • Pulse Ranking last 30d
  • Pulse Ranking this year
  • Ranking Check-In uncompleted last 30d
  • Engagements this year


Axy OKR Customization Setup

Axy OKR permits us to customize several configuration options to better adjust it to your OKR Management process. As an example, you can establish best practices, such as the quantity of OKRs per person or the thresholds for OKR scoring and grading.

  • OKR - Best Practices
  • Automation
  • Notifications
  • Org Hierarchy
  • One on One
  • Engagement - Checkins

Let's explain each of them

OKR - Best Practices

Go through the following steps to access to Axy OKR Setup > OKR - Best Practices

  1. Navigate to Axy OKR Setup tab
  2. Go to OKR - Best Practices

Here you can find some configuration parameters to “help” your users to follow several best practices:

  • Lower and Upper Thresholds. These numbers define the intervals for Objective progress: bad, regular or good
  • Lower, Middle and Upper Colors. Red, yellow and green by default to graphically show the wealth of your objective progress
  • Limit of Active Objectives by User. Best practice for setting Objectives is having from 3 to 5 per person.
  • Limit of Key Result by Objective. Best practice for setting Key Results is having from 3 to 5 per each objective.
  • Limit the amount of Objectives and Key Results. If you check this box, the limits for OKRs will be enforced.

Automation Parameters

Go through the following steps to access to Axy OKR Setup > Automation

  1. Navigate to Axy OKR Setup tab
  2. Go to Automation

Here you can find some configuration parameters to govern the automation functions:

  • Admin User to notify on errors. Select the user you want to be notified in case of any unlikely error
  • Automation Interval in minutes. Define the frequency of the Automation process that runs the bound reports and update the results in the KRs.
  • Axy OKR will schedule a job on behalf of the OKR user XX minutes after the last refresh.
  • Refresh cycles are per KR. This means that, per each KR, the cycle will start individually at the time of the report binding.
  • Key Result Automation by User Running. If you check this box, the Automation process will run.

Notifications Parameters

Go through the following steps to access to Axy OKR Setup > Notifications

  1. Navigate to Axy OKR Setup tab
  2. Go to Notifications

Here you can find some configuration parameters to govern the notifications

  • Use Chatter to notify events. If you check this box, Chatter will be used to notify events. Example

The following check boxes manage the type of events will be notified

  • On Reached Objective Threshold. When the objective progress passes one of the thresholds. See previous example
  • On Period Status Change. To notify everyone the period is changing. The possible states are Planning, Active, Wrapping-Up, Completed or Cancelled
  • On Objective Wrap-up is pending. Notifies an Objective is not Wrapped-Up yet

Org Hierarchy

Go through the following steps to access to Axy OKR Setup > Org Hierarchy

  1. Navigate to Axy OKR Setup tab
  2. Go to Org Hierarchy

You can decide the Group of users with whom the public OKRs will be shared.


One on One

Go through the following steps to access to Axy OKR Setup > One on One

  1. Navigate to Axy OKR Setup tab
  2. Go to One on One

Axy OKR permits you to define whether you want to create events in your Salesforce calendar for the One on One´s or not.

In this way, every user will see in his/her calendar the time slots for doing the One on One. If you have the Salesforce connector for Gmail or for Outlook activated, these events will be synchronized with your Gmail or Outlook agenda.


Check in & Pulse

Go through the following steps to access to Axy OKR Setup > Check in & Pulse

  1. Navigate to Axy OKR Setup tab
  2. Go to Check in & Pulse

Here you can define if you want to send push notifications to users for checking in the progress of the OKRs and filling the Pulse survey.




Axy OKR Installation

In this section, Salesforce admin will find how to:

  • Install Axy OKR in your Salesforce org.
  • Assign Axy OKR licenses
  • Assign app Permission Sets
  • Provide access to Axy OKR Reports and Dashboards
  • Access to app logs
  • Activate the Field History Tracking (Recommendation)
  • Uninstall Axy OKR

Install Axy OKR in your Salesforce org

Axy OKR is an app from appexchange that you can install in any Salesforce org type: production, sandbox, developer...

To install Axy OKR you need Download AppExchange Packages permission on your profile for your Production environment.

  1. Go to our App listing.
  2. Log in with your production Salesforce user.
  3. Click on Get It Now.
  4. Select if you want to install it in a sandbox or production environment.
  5. Check installation details, the number of licenses that you want to have and click on Confirm and Install. It is possible that you need to write again your user and password.
  6. Select Install for Admins Only. After the installation process, you are going to assign permission sets to the different users

In some cases the Axy OKR installation could fail because the installation user doesn’t have the ‘Change Dashboard Color’ permission. If this is your case, please follow these steps:

  1. Create a new permission set.
  2. Find the Change Dashboard Color permission and select it.
  3. Assign the new permission to the installation user.
  4. Try to install the app again.

Axy OKR Objects and Relationships

Below you have the Entity and Relationship Diagram of the main Axy OKR Objects.

Axy OKR Main ERD

Assign Axy OKR licenses in your Production environment

Once you have installed Axy OKR for your production org, it is time to assign the Axy OKR licenses to the users. You decide who will have access to the app so you will get a license for each of them.

  1. Go to Setup
  2. Find for Installed Packages
  3. Click on Axy OKR Management
  4. Click on Manage Licences
  5. Click Add Users
  6. Select the users you want to assign to the package (After selecting the user, Salesforce automatically moves to the Selected Users list).
  7. Click Add.

Salesforce will show you the list of the users with an active license.

To assign a license to an specific user, you can follow these steps:

  1. From Setup, enter Users in the Quick Find box, then go to Users
  2. Select the User you want to assign a license.
  3. Scroll down and go to Managed Packages list. Click Assign Licenses.
  4. Salesforce automatically shows the Unassigned Packages list
  5. Select Axy OKR Management and click Add

If you want to remove a License, so you can use it for other user:

  1. From Setup, enter Users in the Quick Find box, then go to Users
  2. Select the User you want to remove a license.
  3. Scroll down and go to Managed Packages list.
  4. Click on Remove button

Now you have to assign the Axy OKR Permission Sets

Assign Axy OKR Permission Sets

In Axy OKR you have three Permission Sets to assign to users with different functions and permissions:

  • Axy OKR – User. Every user that will have standard access to the app including every app object, mainly Objectives and Key Results.
  • Axy OKR – C-Level User. This permission is designed for C-Level people, Directors, Managers… the members with responsibility for managing the organization. These users will have the same access as an Axy OKR - User but with Full Access to Company Goal records including View All and Modify All permissions.
  • Axy OKR – Admin User. With this permission set, the assigned user will have the same access as an Axy OKR - User, with the ability to access and set up the app in the Setup tab.

Important note: You have to assign at least one Axy OKR – Admin User and one Axy OKR – C-Level User permission set.

You can add several permission sets to the same user. As an example, you can assign Axy OKR – Admin User and Axy OKR – C-Level User to an user.

To assign them, follow the next steps for each of the three Axy OKR permission sets:

  1. Go to Setup
  2. Find for Permission Sets
  3. Click on any of the Axy OKR permission sets and then Manage Assignments
  4. Click on Add Assignments
  5. You will access the list of users in your Salesforce org. Check the boxes of the users you want to assign that permission set and click Assign

Providing access to Axy OKR Reports and Dashboards

Axy OKR provides a set of predefined Reports and Dashboards. Admin user has to share access to those reports and dashboard with the Axy OKR users.

  1. Go to Reports
  2. Browse to All Folders
  3. Go to Axy OKR Reports and share the folder with the Internal Users group, only for viewing.
  4. Follow the same steps for Dashboards

Access to Axy OKR Logs

As an app admin, you can see the Axy OKR Logs tab. To get the automatic Key Results results, we schedule a job by user. Each time the job is executed, we save a log record in this object to check that everything is working right.

  1. Navigate to Axy OKR Logs tab
  2. Select the list view you want to review

Activate Field History Tracking.

We consider that tracking the changes on several Objective and Key Result fields is a good practice, as you are managing with Axy OKR the execution of your business. Therefore, our recommendation is to activate the Field History Tracking.

  1. Go to Setup
  2. Navigate to Object Manager
  3. Find for any Object you want to track. For example, Objective.
  4. Select Objective and then Fields & Relationships
  5. Select Set History Tracking
  6. Check the fields you want to track. Owner, Score and Start Date could be a good election.

Uninstall Axy OKR

In order to uninstall Axy OKR, there are two processes that must be previously manually disabled.

  1. Go to Setup
  2. Find for Process Builder
  3. Deactivate Axy OKR Objective and Axy OKR Period

Axy OKR also has a Flow that must be disabled.

  1. Go to Setup
  2. In Quick Find, look for Flows. You will see Quick KR Creation
  3. Click on the Drop-Down list at the right and select View Details and Versions
  4. Deactivate the flow

If you have already been using the app, you have probably assigned the Axy OKR Permission sets. Prior to uninstalling it, you have to remove the assignments of every permission set.

  1. Go to Setup
  2. Find for Permission Sets
  3. Click on any of the Axy OKR permission sets and then Manage Assignments
  4. Click on Add Assignments
  5. You will access the list of users in your Salesforce org. Check the boxes of the users you want to remove that permission set and click Remove Assignments

Now is the moment to uninstall the package:

  1. Go to Setup
  2. Find for Installed Packages
  3. Click on Uninstall link near to Axy OKR Management package

Please read the information provided by the uninstall process, taking into account what you want to do with the data you created while you were using the app.

If you want to save a copy of your data, please select the option “Save a copy of this package's data for 48 hours after uninstall” and you will receive an email to save your data locally.