Viva Goals: OKR Lifecycle

What are OKRs? This excerpt from the Microsoft Documentation provides a good summary:


Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) are a proven goal-setting framework for creating alignment and focus and building a highly productive and engaged work culture to drive your business outcomes.

OKRs align your entire organisation to strategy, shifting focus from output, the everyday work of your team, to outcomes, which are the results of that work. This mindset shift keeps your team highly engaged with a clear sense of purpose and understanding of how everyone is contributing to forward momentum.


Viva Goals is part of Microsoft’s Employee Experience Platform. It’s an advanced software tool that is used to deliver Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) across an organisation. Viva Goals can be accessed via a web portal (https://goals.microsoft.com) or from the Microsoft Teams 1st party App.

In the video below, I show a simplified OKR lifecycle that demonstrates the creation of an organisational level Objective, a child Key Result, a “Check In” and closure of the OKR upon its completion. I also show an example of how OKRs can align from the Organisational level, through to Team OKRs and down to Individual ones.

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Viva Goals Integrations

Viva Goals is a key module within Microsoft’s Employee Experience platform. It is a goal setting tool that allows the organisation, teams and individuals to use Objective and Key Results (OKRs) to deliver business results aligned to their company mission and strategy.

Viva Goals provides an administrative web portal and can also be surfaced within the flow of work via the Microsoft Teams Viva Goals app.

In a production environment one best practice is to link Viva Goals to existing business tools and automatically update any progress with Key Results and/or Projects. Details of the currently shipping integrations are provided in the Microsoft documentation.

In the video below I highlight a couple of integrations, Azure Dev Opa and Excel Online, to show how these can be used to track progress with a couple of Key Results.

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