What is a goal?
In the most general sense, a goal describes what an organisation or an individual expects to accomplish over a specific period of time. Goals in Just3Things can be demonstrated in the form of an Objective and their success is measured using Key Results.
What is an Objective?
An ‘Objective’ is an aspirational statement of intent, and uses measurable key results to define success. Objectives and their related key results can all be owned by different people and/or teams.
To learn how to create Objectives, take a look at our dedicated help article here.
What is a Key Result?
Key results are used to measure progress against an objective. The best kind of key results are specific and tied to a time frame, often quite aggressive but not outside of the realms of achievability. The most crucial element is that they’re measurable and easily verifiable; you either achieve a key results requirements, or you don’t.
To learn how to create Key Results, take a look at our dedicated help article here.
What are OKRs?
OKR is a framework for defining and tracking objectives and their outcomes. Initially, OKRs were developed by Andy Grove who is regarded as the father of OKRs. Andy introduced the approach to Intel during his tenure there and released a book off the back of this called ‘High Output Management’.
OKRs comprise of an objective which is a clearly defined goal and one or more key results, which are used to track achievement of that goal.
What are Initiatives?
Initiatives are designed to act like large tasks or experiments. They are created under Key Results and are the 'how' to The idea is to try out a few approaches to solving the problem presented by the objective or key result to see if you can make progress towards achieving your key result.
What is a ‘Strategy’ ?
Strategies are the high level long term objectives of the organisation and can be seen on your organisation page when you first log in. These are not goals or OKRs in and of themselves; rather, they are strategic headers that allow leaders to organise company-level objectives when considering the business' long-term strategies.
What is a ‘Vision Statement’ ?
The Vision Statement in Just3Things is the short statement of the organisation’s high level intent and is located on the organisation page (The page you first land on when you log into your account.)
What is a ‘Team’ ?
A team is a group of people that work together to achieve or accomplish an objective or goal. In Just3Things, you can create teams by clicking on the main menu and clicking ‘Create a Team’. You can search for and add any individuals (regardless of their role) or other teams to a team. This is done to promote flexibility and cross functional working across an organisation.
What is ‘Cross Functional Team’ ?
A cross-functional team is a group of people with different functional expertise working towards a common goal. It may include people from all over your organisation and leadership structure.
Cross-functional teams often function as self-directed teams assigned to a specific task or project which calls for the input and expertise of numerous departments or areas of an organisation. This is particularly useful for increasing creativity and cohesion and the sharing of ideas and solutions to particular problems or challenges.
What is a ‘Team of Teams’ ?
A ‘team of teams’ is a team that has several smaller teams working within it to achieve an objective or work towards a common goal. In essence, a department might be seen as a team of teams, though this is based on more conventional hierarchical structures within an organisation.
Its possible to set up a department or a team made up of multiple teams in Just3Things. Simply create a team and when it comes to adding members of the team, you can select which teams should support that team. This is useful when trying to set out your department or if you need to assemble a team of different teams to tackle a project or initiative, much like how a cross functional team might work.
What is an ‘individual’ ?
An individual in Just3Things refers to a user or member of the organisation.
What is a ‘Goal Leader’ ?
A goal leader in Just3Things is the person designated as the leader of a particular goal. This does not need to follow a traditional leadership model; this can be any person that has been designated to be in charge of a goal. When someone is marked as being a goal leader they will receive a label to that effect under their name on the goal page.
What is the RAG status?
RAG stands for ‘Red’, ‘Amber’, ‘Green’. It's also known as the traffic light system, and its used in performance monitoring and project management to highlight the health of a project or objective. In Just3Things, you can tell the status of an objective or key result at a glance by looking at the colour of its icon.
What does ‘Alignment’ mean?
Goal alignment in Just3Things is the process by which goals are aligned to your Strategies. This is important to keep your workforce focussed on moving in the same direction, and ensuring their goals fit into the overall strategy. When company level goals are set, steps should be taken to ensure employees understand not only what they’re supposed to be working on, but also why they are working on it. This is where alignment is useful; it helps add this context by showing how an objective fits into the bigger picture.
What does ‘Prioritisation’ mean?
In Just3Things, you have the ability to prioritise 3 goals as an individual, team and organisation by clicking on the small star that appears on a goal. Prioritisation makes it clear what you’re focussing on.
What is ‘Following’ ?
In Just3Things you can choose to follow a goal or team. This is useful if you need to keep an eye on a goal or team. You can view the goals and teams you’re following by visiting your following page via the Main Menu.
What is the ‘Org Chart’ ?
In Just3Things you can view the organisational structure by visiting the ‘Org Chart’ page. This is typically the most senior person in your organisation and their direct reports.
What does the 'Create Report' button do on team pages?
You can create a team report from any team page that you are a member of. Team reports allow you to report on the progress of your OKRs, and can be used during your check-in meetings.
To learn how to create a team report, take a look at our dedicated help article here.
Need some help?
If you have any questions or need further guidance around this topic, feel free to contact your J3T representative by clicking on the blue speech bubble icon to the bottom right of the page and initiating a conversation like this:
Or alternatively you can also send an email to 'firstname.lastname@example.org'.