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Independent Agile Coach

Classical Talk

OKR: Orient, Keep, Resize

The OKRs (objectives and key results) Framework has become popular over the past 50 years among organizations. However, in our turbulent environment today, this (more or less) static approach is losing advantage. As Peter Drucker ones said, “The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic”. And because of that, a future-oriented logic is much needed.
Under the motto “Plans are nothing; Planning is everything”, this talk presents a visualization for a more dynamic quarterly planning process. The goal is to guide teams to decide on needed actions (Orient, Keep or Resize) when planning and reviewing delivery risks, including but not limited to KR-related items.
Our Hypotheses:
One size does not fit all: the nature (types) of KRs determines the expected completion time (Class of Service). To be able to plan KRs, we need to first make sense of different KR types instead of putting a fixed timeframe for all KRs;
Efforts and time are two fundamental aspects to guide decisions and hence actions (vector theory). Visualizing these two, in combination of KR types, enables more outcome-focused interactions.
By the end of this session, you will learn an alternative way for OKRs/Quarterly Planning, operationalizing the Cynefin Framework in combination with Clean Language/Systemic Modelling as the backstone. You may find inspiration for your own work as delivery manager, Agile coach, team leader and alike.
Learning Outcomes:
  • UNDERSTAND organizations as complex adaptive systems
  • DESIGN simple rules for better planning and delivery
  • CREATE conditions for outcome-focused interactions


Before entering the business world, I was active in the academia as a research assistant. My research focus was on sustainability from an environmental-ethical point of view. Prior to my doctoral studies, I completed a B.A. in Economics and a M.A. in Global Studies.
I entered the business world in 2016 as a Language Specialist, and transitioned to the Scrum Master and later the Agile Coach role in 2020. Besides coaching & consulting, I offer trainings and workshops on the topic of leadership, reflective conversations (based on Clean Language) and Flow Management (System Design).
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