Objectives in Range are a way to define the top priorities that people in your organization are working towards. You might call them OKRs, quarterly goals, or something else, but any type of objective can be represented in Range.
Often, when objectives are defined in a spreadsheet or doc at the start of the quarter, nobody looks at them again until the quarter is over, when it’s too late to do anything other than grade them and move on.
The advantage of putting your objectives in Range is that they can be part of a regular cadence of communication:
If you’re looking for more advice on how to write, organize, or use objectives in your organization, Range has a number of helpful articles on our blog.
1. Visit the “Objectives” page
Click on “Objectives” in the left navigation to view all of the objectives across your organization. You can also filter objectives to just those belonging to a specific team or owner.
2. Create an objective
Click the “+” button to create a new objective. Once you have some existing objectives, you’ll be able to create an objective at any level in the tree.
3. Choose a title and hashtag
Enter a title for the objective. You can also optionally choose a short hashtag to refer to the objective. The hashtag can be used in daily check-ins to refer to the objective when tagging work items.
4. Associate a team and owner
If you like, you can click to add a team and owner for the objective. Add a team if there’s a team in Range which is primarily responsible for working on the objective. Add an owner if there’s someone who’s responsible for keeping the objective moving and reporting on status.
It’s a good idea to have an owner so that someone has accountability for updating the status of the objective regularly. Range will remind the owner to update the status of the objective once a week.
5. Add additional info on the objective detail page
Click on the objective in the list to view the details. Here, you can add additional information like a description (with Markdown formatting), start date, and end date.
Moving an objective from one location in the tree to another is called changing the objective’s alignment. You can change an objective’s alignment from two places:
Once you click to align an objective, you’ll see a dialog where you can select a new parent for the objective.
For now, you can’t control the order of sub-objectives under a parent, but the ability to manually order objectives is coming soon.
Status updates on an objective let the rest of the organization know how things are going. When updated and reviewed on a regular basis, status updates allow a team to react to new information and take actions like making additional resources available to work on the objective, changing the timeline, or de-prioritizing it altogether. This type of cadence is critical to making objectives useful vs. a document that teams only look at once a quarter.
There are two places where you can add a status update to an objective in Range:
Once you click to add a status update, you’ll see a dialog where you can write a short description of what’s changed, choose a new status, and optionally add or update a quantitative metric.
Once you share a status update for an objective, Range will distribute it to the relevant teammates via daily email summaries, Slack team subscriptions, and Range’s Home feed.
Since it’s so important to regularly review the status of objectives, Range has added functionality in our meeting tool to make this easier.
By default, Range meetings come with a recurring “Objectives to review” agenda topic. Embedded in the UI for this agenda topic, you’ll see the objective tree view, automatically filtered to show objectives for the team that owns the meeting:
You can use the tree view to review objectives in the meeting: