Don't miss this week's CTO Craft Bytes panel on Engineering OKRs - we'll be joined by a CTO using OKRs successfully in a live setting, as well as an OKR consultant with experience helping development teams set them up.
📆 CTO Craft Bytes - Engineering OKRs in Practice - Fri, 16 October 2020 12:30 – 13:30 BST
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Until next time
Andy @ CTO Craft
This free panel discussion brought to you by CTO Craft will discuss how to implement OKRs into your engineering organisation. Find out about the benefits, who should be setting OKRs and stories about how it can all go wrong by implementing them badly.
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