OKRs for Personal Goals

I continue to read two or more chapters per day from “Measure What Matters” by John Doerr. I wish I could have enough time per day.

The book is oriented to achieving business goals using something called OKRs. They are something like KPIs but the difference is in how they are generated, published, maintained, and evaluated.

I am a firm believer in the saying by Peter Drucker “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” For example, you develop an image processing system to detect manufacturing flaws, which appears to work. You need images with and without defects and be able to get statistics on how many false positives and negative positives your system produces. Without such data you will not be able to determine how well the system performs. Once the data is available you are able to find out the issue (i.e., lighting, color, vibrations in the equipment, etc.)

This time, I have a couple personal goals that I would like to achieve in a specific amount of time, let’s say three months. I am not going to disclose at this time the actual goals or OKRs I will use. In about three months I will let you know how the process worked and if the two goals were achieved.

That’s all folks. Today is Sunday and my wife and I seem to have a large amount of leftovers from yesterday. We were getting together at home with three couples, but one due to health issues had to cancel. My wife and I prepared enough food for six since the preparations started a couple days before. We like to take our time and have it all ready to just to warm up or bake on the day the reunion occurs.

Have a great rest of the weekend and if you have used OKRs to achieve your personal goals, please leave me a note below.



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