Measure What Matters

Measure What Matters by John Doerr is an excellent addition to my book list. The text articulates very clearly how to synchronize multiple levels of activity into a cohesive combination of effort.

We’ve talked before about the importance of measurements. This book answers much of what’s needed in the process of getting to good measurements to get good results.

This book is ideal for anyone who values context of what they are doing. It does this in two ways. It allows you to see the context in a system that may not publish it for you, and provides you to the tool set to create that context if you are in a leadership position.

Measure What Matters reviews the process of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). The book doesn’t come across as a how-to. It recounts the power behind the method and then injects anecdotal evidence from multiple diverse sources. For the audio book, many of the sources appear as guest readers including Bono. While Bill Gates’ name appears on the cover, his contribution is read by an actor, though the content is still highly illuminating.

They say you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover. This book has a reasonably plain cover, but so does Getting to Yes and forty years later it’s still a standard read. I imagine that Measure What Matters is in line to have a similar legacy.

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