Workshop with Google: How to implement OKRs

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Workshop with Google: How to implement OKRs

Studies have shown that committing to a goal can help improve employee performance. More specifically, this research reveals that setting challenging and specific goals can further enhance employee engagement in accomplishing them. Objectives and key results (OKRs) is a framework for defining and tracking objectives and their outcomes. 

Google was an early adopter of the OKR framework and still implements it throughout the company today, along with many other tech companies and startups.

Using this model will help you and your company to:

  • Connect all team and individual goals to the overall goals of the company, creating better company alignment. 
  • Be effective in setting clear and specific goals 
  • Manage achievement and execution with greater accountability and transparency.
  • Boost individuals' engagement and empowerment through your goal-setting process. 
  • Increase insight and transparency across the organization.

The session will be led by two long-time Googlers, Bart Geerling and Amhar Ford and will combine a presentation with practical exercises, providing an introduction to the framework and theory of OKRs. It will also instruct you on how to implement this framework in your startup and take you through creating a first draft of your company OKRs.


  • Bart was born and raised in The Netherlands and is the oldest Amsterdam Googler, having joined almost 13 years ago. In that time, he has worked in several functions and with some of Google's largest and most sophisticated clients around the globe. Initially Bart worked on the media side of Google, later making a transition to Google's advertising technology called the Google Marketing Platform (formerly known as DoubleClick).
  • Amhar is Dutch-British, raised in both countries, but has been based in the Netherlands for the past eight years. He started at Google Dublin ten years ago as a Sales Exec in what is now Google Cloud. Six years ago he moved into a technical consulting role in what is now Google Marketing Platform. He has lived, worked, and studied in five different countries and has a Master of Science degree from RSM Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is passionate about technology, the internet and how this impacts global affairs in myriad ways.