Why Agile Tools

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We believe people come first - as team players.

“Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.”

As a society, as people, as a workforce, we are always seeking new ways of interacting with each other and businesses around us. We constantly evolve to progress, preferably aligned with our value system. Sometimes the tools we use and processes we create do not feel right - like there is a mismatch of what we hear and talk with what we do and walk.

Connecting goals with performance - the right way!

Agile Tools offers a powerful KPI (Key Performance Indicator) and OKR (Objectives and Key Results) integration, joining the old and the new, the performance and aspirational goals.

There is a strong but maybe hidden bond between those two. Key Results in their preferred form should include a metric. A KPI is just a special case of a metric - the letter K (as Key) informs us that this metric is more important to us in a particular period.

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The above is an example of three Key Results. Two of them include a metric (in bold). They can also be displayed on a Performance page, in a different context and view.

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The above metric (Customer Churn) can be a KPI for us. Metrics have their own lifecycle. When you set your goals, you can start with existing metrics (as part of Key Results), or you can choose to collect data points for a new one.

Also, note the title and question above the chart - they are part of the metric model. If you choose to pick a metric (or KPI) from a library available on the platform, then they are provided out of the box. Of course, you can create your own.

Devoted to good practices

We built Agile Tools upon three pillars: Team, Product, and Goal. We are and will carefully monitor what features bring value to customers. We did not and will not build because we can. 

Strategy

Our approach in creating and monitoring strategy execution combines OKRs with another managerial practice - The Balanced Scorecard. Instead of creating perspectives with KPIs, you create Strategic Areas with long-lasting goals (OKRs). Since each Key Result (part of the Objective) contains a metric, you end up with a unique view of your strategy.

Strategy with OKRs

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Key Result types

Agile Tools wants to be your digital OKR assistant guiding you to become better at creating measurable results. We try to raise the awareness of what constitutes a well-constructed Key Result. A wizard helps you do that. One of the steps involves choosing the type of Key Result. Agile tools support six types.

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Those are Baseline, Increase, Decrease, Maintain, Milestone and Percentage.

You want to have as many Increase and Decrease types as possible and as few Milestone ones as possible. Avoid having lists of tasks instead of outcome-oriented quantifiable results.

Key Results scoring

When drafting Key Results, people often, if not always, ask, "How will we know how good we were at the end of the OKR cycle?"

Agile Tools offers an elegant answer - define the scoring type at Key Result creation. You can choose between various options that are available dynamically based on the Key Result type. Examples of scoring types for two Key Result types: Increase and Maintain.

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Another benefit of choosing the scoring type is that you can immediately see which Key Results are "committed" and which are "aspirational", or "moonshot", as some like to call them.

Goals on Value Units

Since the word Agile constitutes the product's name, you can imagine that some of its features are influenced by agile practices. One of them is setting goals for products. So why not create an OKR for a product, bringing in structure and cadence. This way, you can create a goal-oriented roadmap if you want.

Traditional OKR solutions implement the classic personal, department "teams", and organizational goals. Agile Tools shifts focus to goals for cross-functional teams, Value Units, and Organizational units (must be done correctly).

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