What is the limit to the number of Objectives or Key Results?

It is a common practice to limit the number of Objectives and Key Results for the top-line and team OKR.

For example, one company set a maximum of 4 objectives, each with a limit of 4 respective key results. Thus, the maximum total number of KRs is 16.

The goal of this is to create a forcing mechanism to prioritize.

Two (2) influencing factors

A couple of factors that could influence your limit number:

  1. Period
  2. Team size

A longer time period (e.g. a year, instead of a quarter) might justify you to have a small — not many — additional KRs. The same applies to larger team size.


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