How Objectives Drive Impactful Collaboration
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How Objectives Drive Impactful Collaboration

Kendra Fales
Senior Product Manager
March 18, 2024

Teams of all sizes identify goals to achieve within certain time horizons, outlining the work believed to have the most impact on those goals. If done effectively, it encourages team discussions about impact and drives answers to whether -- as a team -- there is strategic impact on the goals being set out to achieve. But often, conversations land on status updates and discussions about what projects are on or off track. 

With Curated Roadmaps, teams can track that planning and tie it directly the outputs via Epics. With Shortcut Objectives, teams now can not only track the initiatives being planned, but rally behind the outcomes and success metrics in a single location. Everyone in the organization can stay aligned on not just what the business is doing at a tactical level, but how that work is trending towards the desired outcomes. 

We built Shortcut Objectives with the goal of making it really easy to get started and share some tips on how to get started below!

Bundle work across teams using Objectives to visualize cross-collaborative themes

At Shortcut, we use Objectives as a way to identify cross-team initiatives and bundle them into team-driven Tactical Objectives. For initiatives just getting started, such as new releases, Tactical Objectives are a great way to visualize all Epics in a single location regardless of which Roadmap they live on.

Flexibly add all teams responsible for the delivery and categorize your Objective to the quarter you're aiming to release the work in. 

Using Tactical Objectives for cross-team initiatives allows you to visualize overall progress easily, track how you're trending towards a Target Release Date, and see the individual Health and Progress status of all the moving parts, in a single view. 


Use thematic goals to elevate Tactical Objectives by converting them to Strategic Objectives through establishing a core KPI to improve

By creating a Key Result on an Objective, teams are able to track and think through the 'why' and outcomes' of feature work. It transitions tracking themes of work to thinking through planning cycles end-to-end. 

We've made it easy to elevate thematic Tactical groupings using the Add Key Result option on any Objective. To get started, as yourself "what metric are we hoping to change?" and "what does that ideal outcome look like?" Add in that number, and click create.

Track the smallest unit of work through to the KPI outcomes using the new Objective Breadcrumb navigation

Our latest improvement also adds Breadcrumbs back to the Objective so no matter where you are in Shortcut, teams can understand exactly what they are aiming to impact. This improves customer empathy and curiosity. Everyone in the team is invested in following up and team discussions become about the customer, not just the status of work. 

From the smallest unit of work (Stories) to larger bundles of delivery (Epics) you can see which Key Result or Objective that work traces back to.


Objectives help teams work smarter, but also centralizes tracking end-to-end to reduce tool fatigue

With Objectives, we're closing the loop to save your teams time. Track individual delivery work at the story level all the way up to KPI tracking at the Objective level. Stories, Epics, Roadmaps, and Goals in a single location give teams a single-source-of-truth, reducing context switching and tool fatigue. 

Learn more about Objectives in our Help Center!

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