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Continuing to work on this website.
Been following [TRTLCoin](https://turtlecoin.lol), there is a good getting started [here](https://turtleturtle.surge.sh). The [Discord](http://chat.turtlecoin.lol) is a good community to join to learn more as well.
Been following [TRTLCoin](https://turtlecoin.lol){:target="_blank"}, there is a good getting started [here](https://turtleturtle.surge.sh){:target="_blank"}. The [Discord](http://chat.turtlecoin.lol){:target="_blank"} is a good community to join to learn more as well.
Also been looking at volunteering some time for [Run for Something](https://www.runforsomething.net) which helps people who want to run for office for the first time.
Also been looking at volunteering some time for [Run for Something](https://www.runforsomething.net){:target="_blank"} which helps people who want to run for office for the first time.
- date: "2018-03-26"
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Been studying Go more closely by reading Donovan and Kernighan's [*The Go Programming Language*](https://smile.amazon.com/Programming-Language-Addison-Wesley-Professional-Computing/dp/0134190440). Also been refreshing my Agile knowledge with James Shore's [*Art of Agile*](https://smile.amazon.com/Art-Agile-Development-Pragmatic-Software/dp/0596527675).
Been studying Go more closely by reading Donovan and Kernighan's [*The Go Programming Language*](https://amzn.to/2CH6kpz){:target="_blank"}. Also been refreshing my Agile knowledge with James Shore's [*Art of Agile*](https://amzn.to/2CH6kpz){:target="_blank"}.
- date: "2018-08-13"
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Been very busy while Mosaik was in the process of being [acquired by Ookla](https://www.speedtest.net/insights/blog/mosaik-is-joining-ookla). Now getting ready to marry the girl of my dreams.
Been very busy while Mosaik was in the process of being [acquired by Ookla](https://www.speedtest.net/insights/blog/mosaik-is-joining-ookla){:target="_blank"}. Now getting ready to marry the girl of my dreams.
- date: "2018-10-05"
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Tracking down some open source to contribute to for [Hacktoberfest 2018](https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com).
Tracking down some open source to contribute to for [Hacktoberfest 2018](https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com){:target="_blank"}.
- date: "2018-10-13"
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Got Travis setup on this blog, now `master` pushes go to prod!
- date: "2018-12-21"
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Moved my wedding website off of Squarespace and into a [basic Jekyll site](https://wedding.johnsey.me){:target="_blank"} hosted on Github Pages. Not nearly as pretty but a decent way to capture the content and host for free.
- date: "2019-01-05"
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Started my project to try and read a book written by every serious 2020 Democratic Presidential nominee. I read and enjoyed Joe Biden's [Promise Me, Dad](https://amzn.to/2TcAZCd){:target="_blank"} and Cory Booker's [United](https://amzn.to/2MuxfcC){:target="_blank"} last year.
Plan is to also read:
- Bernie Sander's [Our Revolution](https://amzn.to/2WgESIb){:target="_blank"}
- Elizabeth Warren's [This Fight Is Our Fight](https://amzn.to/2FN0rLE){:target="_blank"}
- Kamala Harris's [The Truths We Hold](https://amzn.to/2TcRT3E){:target="_blank"}
- Kristen Gillibrand's [Off the Sidelines](https://amzn.to/2Ug4Nh9){:target="_blank"}
- Amy Klobuchar's [The Senator Next Door](https://amzn.to/2MzfjOc){:target="_blank"}
- Sherrod Brown's [Myths of Free Trade](https://amzn.to/2UcYLOw){:target="_blank"}
- Julián Castro's [An Unlikely Journey](https://amzn.to/2UcBJqX){:target="_blank"}
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title: "Objectives and Key Results"
subtitle: "Short introduction to OKRs"
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date: 2019-01-24 22:00
---

Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) are a simple concept that does heavy lifting, all the best concepts share this commonality.

The TLDR goes something like: Objectives and Key Results are a tool used to create alignment in an organization, by setting goals and establishing what success will look like when you achieve that goal.

## Objectives and Key Results

The OKR system was formalized by the management legend Andy Grove in the 1970s. OKRs are finding their place in the spotlight because they were brought to early-Google in 1999 by VC John Doerr and have been done by Google employees every year since introduction.

### Objectives

Objectives should be ambitious, actionable, time-boxed, and qualitative goals you wish to accomplish.

### Key Results

Key Results should be 2-3 quantitative measures that define if the Objective was completed successfully. Oftentimes, Key Results will be either yes/no (E.g. Did X happen?) or numbers you are trying to meet (E.g. 1 million daily-active-users).

### An Example Using a Hotel

Here's an example set of Objectives and Key Results that a hotel might make at the beginning of a quarter.

- Objective: Increase international guest bookings.
- Key Result: Check-in 100 guests from outside the country using their passports.
- Key Result: Check-in guests from 5 different countries.

- Objective: Have more guests eat breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
- Key Result: Increase revenue from breakfast by 20%.
- Key Result: Increase average number of guests served breakfast daily to 25.

### An Example Using the Empire

<iframe src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/aHOONTU9oHWDM" width="595" height="485" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" allowfullscreen> </iframe>
[OKRs, Exaplained with "Star Wars"](https://www.slideshare.net/AndrewCedotal/okrs-explained-with-star-wars){:target="_blank"} from [Andrew Cedotal](https://www.slideshare.net/AndrewCedotal){:target="_blank"}
## Further Reading
- [Measure What Matters](https://amzn.to/2D4rkJk){:target="_blank"} by John Doerr is the deep dive into OKRs authored by the man who brought OKRs to Google in its infancy. John Doerr spoke about OKRs at [TED2018 in Vancouver](https://www.ted.com/talks/john_doerr_why_the_secret_to_success_is_setting_the_right_goals/up-next){:target="_blank"}.
- Good basic OKR explainer can be found [here on Medium](https://medium.com/startup-tools/okrs-5afdc298bc28){:target="_blank"}. Also see the Google Playbook below.
- [High Output Management](https://amzn.to/2qccY1d){:target="_blank"} by Andy Grove is a management resource that is touted by thinkers such as Marc Andreessen and Peter Drucker.
## Resources
- [Google's OKR Playbook](https://www.whatmatters.com/resources/googles-okr-playbook){:target="_blank"}
- John Doerr's [example OKR cycle](https://www.whatmatters.com/resources/a-typical-okr-cycle){:target="_blank"}
- [Website](https://www.whatmatters.com){:target="_blank"} for John Doerr's Measure What Matters book
- The first time I read about OKRs came from going through the [awesome lists repository](https://awesome.re){:target="_blank"}, which is one of my favorite ways to find new libraries and information on programming topics. The [awesome-okr repository](https://github.com/domenicosolazzo/awesome-okr){:target="_blank"} is a great place to find more resources specific to OKRs.

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