What is a session?

According to the OKRs methodology, goals should be time-bound. Sessions represent the time period in which given group of Objectives is meant to be achieved.

For example, if you are planning OKRs in quarters, then you could have a session called Q3 2020 which starts on July 1st 2020 and ends on September 30th 2020. 

Session status

A session can be in one of the three states:

  • Open - when a session is open, users can add, edit and delete objectives and key results. This state is used when people are still defining, negotiating and planning OKRs for the upcoming period.
  • In Progress - when a session is in progress, users can only update their progress on the key results. They are not allowed to add new objectives, remove existing ones or modify targets. This state is used once the OKRs are finalized.
  • Archived - when a given session is archived, no more actions are possible on it or its objectives but it is kept for reference.

Create your first session

  1. Navigate to OKRs > Manage Sessions
  2. Click the Create a session button
  3. Set you session’s title, timeframe, status, cadence or define permissions
  4. Click on the Create session button 

In the modal window set a name to the session, specify the time period and click Create and go to the session button to move forward with creating your first OKR.

Create a new session

Once your current OKR session is about to end, you may want to create a new one for the upcoming OKR period, e.g. next quarter.

To create a new session: 

  1. Navigate to OKRs drop down > Manage Sessions
  2. Choose Create a Session button
  3. Set you session’s title, timeframe, status, parent session (if any) cadence or define permissions
  4. Click on the Create session button 

Pro Tip: Any session you have created in your Gtmhub account will be listed under the OKRs sessions one month before its start date and one month after the end date allowing for proper planning of the activities related to launching and wrapping up an OKR cycle.

The process of creating new sessions repeats itself once every month, quarter or year. That depends on the company’s specific OKR cycle practices.

Remember to always set a designated status and cadence to your session so that everyone follows the agreed OKR processes in your organization. 

Now that you have your session created, let's create objectives and key results that represent your company's goals for the chosen time period.

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