OKRs are tracked several times during the cycle. Check-ins are the most effective way of tracking OKRs and they help avoid any surprises.
In large companies, they are tracked monthly through check-ins by individual team members.
Tracking OKRs involves tracking their percentage completion supported by qualitative inputs on proactive actions (initiatives) taken to overcome constraints and blind spots or events that are creating roadblocks (blockers) in the completion of OKRs.
OKRs are typically color coded and displayed on a dashboard for leaders to monitor them.
Common scale for color coding OKRs is:
- 0 to 30% - Red meaning failure to achieve OKRs
- 31% to 70% - Amber or Yellow, meaning significant progress is achieved but not completion.
- 71% to 100% - Green meaning achievement of OKRs. Note that 70% is for Aspirational OKRs and does not apply for Committed OKRs which must be achieved 100%.
Objectives are never graded or scored. Instead they are automatically calculated as average of the KRs within each objective. For example, if an objective has 3 KRs and their respective completion percentages are 50%, 70% and 90%, then the objective completion rate is 70% i.e. the average of all 3 KRs.