What happens when 10 Product Leaders discuss OKRs for 1 day in 1 room?

Last Monday Luca Criscuolo and Jörg Malang (both SPLSG) welcomed eight product leaders to the second Product Leader Roundtable in Berlin. This time the topic was OKRs.

Product Leader Roundtable Participants
Rohan Garg, Lisette Fabian, Marcus Birke, Chand Malu, Thomas Berszieck, Christoph Borer, Jörg Malang (f.l.t.r.)

In this intimate setting, very honest and insightful discussions could happen. Applying the Chatham House Rule, it was possible to profit from peers without impacting confidentiality. Senior leaders from well-established companies, but also start-ups shared their business cases.

For me, the key takeaways were the following:

  • OKRs have three dimensions:
    • OKR definition (spend enough time and love into this and involve your organization)
    • OKR project implementation (think your project through in advance. Don’t take it lightheartedly)
    • OKRs as catalysator of a massive change process
  • Getting Top-Executive buy-in is crucial. It even boils down to how the CEO sees his/her role, the company values and the role of HR.
  • OKRs get Product Leaders excited.

Everyone in the group said in the final feedback round that they had profited from the day. The quality and intensity of the discussion and the hands-on relevancy of the presented business cases made their days.

We are looking forward to the next Roundtable. In case you are interested in being informed about our next event, please make sure to either become SPLSG member here or sign up for our public newsletter here.