OKR and agile - synergy or contradiction?

The methods used to support development work and the achievement of corporate objectives in general are constantly evolving. Where agile methods and frameworks such as SCRUM and SAFe have proven themselves many times in reality, OKR (Objectives and Key Results) is now being added. We would like to ask how these relate to each other.

OKR and agile are two approaches that are often used in modern organisations to improve performance and agility. Here are some contrasts and synergies between them:


Focus on objectives vs. flexibility

OKR has a strong focus on setting clear goals and outcomes, while agile is often more flexible and focuses on continuous adjustments and iterations.

Long-term vs. short-term planning

OKR often covers longer periods of time, typically quarters or years, while agile tends to focus on short iterations, often of one to four weeks.

Measurability vs. process orientation

OKR emphasises the measurability of results through clear key deliverables, while agile focuses heavily on the process of how teams work and how they can improve the way they work.


Customer-centred approach

Both OKR and agile promote a strong focus on customer needs and feedback. OKRs help to set strategic goals that increase customer value, while agile teams are flexible enough to respond quickly to customer feedback and adapt their products accordingly.

Iterative improvement

Both OKRs and agile promote a culture of continuous improvement. OKRs provide a structure for long-term goals, while agile teams work in short iterations and meet regularly to receive feedback and improve the way they work.

Transparency and cooperation

Both approaches promote transparency and collaboration in teams. OKRs make it possible to communicate goals transparently and align teams towards common goals, while agile teams promote open communication and collaboration through regular stand-up meetings and feedback.


Overall, OKRs and agile can work together effectively if implemented correctly. OKRs provide a structure for setting clear goals and outcomes at a strategic level, while agile enables a flexible way of working at a team level to achieve these goals.

Your benefit

  • OKRs create clarity about the most important goals and priorities in the organisation
  • OKRs link the corporate strategy with operational objectives and activities
  • The continuous OKR process promotes organisational learning and flexibility
  • OKRs create a sense of purpose and commitment through clear, measurable objectives
  • OKRs enable the prioritisation and coordination of all activities in the organisation
  • The standardised OKR language facilitates exchange and coordination