10xGoals now allows users to create objectives that are private and can be shared with a few individuals. How to make an objective private?
1. While creating a new objective, click on "Visible to everyone".
2. You can now select who you want this objective to be visible to. Note that the selected people will be able to see the objective as well as all the key results added to this objective.
3. You can use the 'Private Objectives' toggle to hide private objectives. This is how it works:
Here is the whole process of creating a private OKR and sharing it with a selected members:
Currently we have visibility control at the root level and the same follows for the complete tree. Why? We believe OKRs are a tool for transparency and privacy is not the norm. Having said that we did want to solve your problem where you can manage a few strategic objectives which could be private under one roof.
Can I make a public objective and have private key-results? No, we believe this is a very small use-case and we recommend creating a stand-alone private objective instead. Currently, the tool provides the ability to drill down to “How’s” of a particular objective by seeing all its key-results. The status and progress of an objective at all times ideally should reflect a good summation of the key results. Having private entities part of the chain creates a lot of confusion and hinders the core philosophy of transparency and well as problem solving.
The above point means “I have to create stand-alone objectives which means they might not be aligned to company objectives”? Yes, we believe it’s better to take a hit on alignment (for these small number of use-cases) and retain the simplicity and core value of the product.
Can I make a private objective (basically want to mask numbers) and have public key-results? We would recommend having non-confidential numbers like improvement to 5X and measure progress against those to generate alignment for these types of goals or create private objectives for highly confidential OKRs.