Cansel Sörgens

Why and How to Combine OKR & Scrum?

In all these years Cansel worked for/with Scrum Teams, one common problem she observed was that most of the teams didn’t have access to the big picture. There was a huge gap between vision and strategy and the work the teams delivered. Almost nobody had a transparency if and how they’ve contributed to the success of the company.

Most Scrum Teams are unfortunately turned into “Feature Factories” who deliver a feature and start developing the next one. They don’t pause to reflect and analyze if the feature really solved a problem or made the life of their customers or users easier. The question about the outcome of their output remains unanswered.

If the team and organization want to escape from the feature factory, outcome-oriented OKRs could help.

In this talk, Cansel will elaborate on the differences and similarities between OKR and Scrum, how to connect artifacts and roles from both frameworks, how to connect Scrum and OKR iterations, and when to do which event.

Key learnings:

  • A brief introduction to OKR
  • Difference between Outcome and Output
  • Similarities and differences between OKR and Scrum
  • How to connect artifacts and roles from both frameworks
  • How to connect Scrum and OKR iterations and when to do which event

About the Speaker:

Cansel Sörgens works since 2008 as Product Manager and Agile Organisational Development Manager in organisations that scaled from 100 to 1000 people rapidly, where she managed strategic cross-department projects and was responsible for (Agile) Organisation Development. Since 2016 Cansel implemented OKR many times in B2B, B2C, B2B2C, and B2G organisations of all sizes from different industries such as MedTech, FinTech, Consumer Electronics, Pharma, E-Commerce, and more. She shares her long standing and practice proven OKR expertise as public-speaker, co-author, and and founder of OKR Lean Coffee, OKR Open Space, and Reshaping the Future of OKRs. More: