As much as 60% of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) are set from the bottom up, often leaving alignment with organizational
goals for later. This can lead to painful inefficiency and poor planning.
To help alleviate the pain, consider providing stakeholders these five reports.
They will help you think about the organizational goals early, as well as provide greater organizational transparency.
This roadmap provides stakeholders outside of engineering a high-level view of what features are planned and when.
It visually communicates the cross-organization work being done and when. It works best when divided between three key
phases: planning, process, and review. CIOs, CTOs, and CMOs can use this style of a roadmap to ensure planning
aligns with their organization's objectives, as well as best practices for overall process improvement.
VisualScript can generate a product roadmap.
The cumulative flow reports show the status of tasks across all your dev teams over some time.
It visualizes how many tasks are passing through each phase of an initiative. This helps you see
which phases accumulate more tasks than others, and identify bottlenecks in both the team and organization workflow.
For agile teams, carefully planning that accounts for capacity are key for delivering on time.
A velocity report gives stakeholders a single view into a team's velocity, allowing work to be allocated
and timelines to be set.
VisualScript can generate a velocity report.
As your projects progress over time you will note that some tasks are of particular attention.
This might be because they are known for generating more bugs than others, or simply due to their
strategic importance to the organization. Sometimes this is noted on sticky notes in conference room
where a single team meets. This report aims to elevate these sticky notes to a report visible across teams,
so pro-active action can be taken earlier in the projects cycle.
VisualScript can generate a risk matrix.
This is the most granular report of the list, but it can be very powerful.
It allows you to visualize how individual tasks impact other tasks, helping your
teams see where the critical path lies. It aims to identify and eliminate a single task from
knocking an entire project off schedule.
VisualScript can help you visualize dependencies with an issue dependency report.
Regardless of where you are in your adoption of OKRs across your organization,
these reports can help maximize the efforts and provide cross-team transparency.
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