OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) vs. KPIs (Key Performance Indicator): What’s the Difference?

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OKRs vs. KPIs both have to do with measuring performance, but they have some distinctive characteristics and curtain features that make them look different. For example, KPIs show the real state of affairs or the past results, while OKRs show the expected performance outcomes in the future. KPIs show distinctively what is working and what is not and are more straightforward, while OKRs focus more on the goals. KPIs are unlikely to change, while OKRs are timeboxed, meaning that after a certain period of time they may change.

Olena Kovalova, senior delivery manager at Exadel, shares a perspective on four additional ways to compare and contrast KPIs and OKRs:

  • They flow through the organization in different directions
  • OKRs are more transparent
  • The bar for OKRs is usually higher than KPIs
  • OKRs shouldn’t be used in performance reviews

Read the full article to learn more details about the four ways KPIs vs. OKRs differ.