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  • Writer's pictureZack Ross

What is the criteria of a good key result?

Updated: Mar 29, 2023




A good key results needs to be measurable.


Here are the criteria for a good key result in more detail:

  1. Specific: A good key result should be clear and specific, so that there is no ambiguity about what is being measured. It should be written in a way that is easy to understand and communicate to others.

  2. Measurable: A good key result should be measurable, so that progress towards achieving the objective can be tracked and measured. This means defining a metric or unit of measurement that can be quantified.

  3. Achievable: A good key result should be achievable, meaning that it is realistic and feasible given the resources and constraints of the organization. It should challenge the team to achieve something significant, but not be so difficult that it is demotivating.

  4. Relevant: A good key result should be relevant to the objective it is meant to support. It should be aligned with the overall mission and strategic priorities of the organization.

  5. Time-bound: A good key result should have a specific timeframe or deadline for completion. This helps to ensure that progress is being made towards achieving the objective within a certain timeframe.

By ensuring that key results meet these criteria, they become more effective in guiding teams towards achieving their objectives. This helps to keep everyone focused and motivated, while also providing a clear and measurable path towards success.


This is where a lot of organizations fail. Many times you can wrap success against an objective, against something you can measure because then it’s not a guessing game to whether or not you achieve something or not, it is have you achieve some number against some metric that you are measuring.


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