⚡️⚡️ Quick tip — OKR planning with breakout groups

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edited July 2021 in Templates

As we discussed in a previous post, running OKR planning sessions is a great way to kick-start each quarter.🕺 It gets the team's creative juices flowing,🍊 and it hyper-focuses the team's work on the over strategy.💎

The challenge comes when you gather people to do the work.🎪 It's easy to talk over each other, and often if everyone gets a chance to speak, time limitations limit the success of the session. So what's a facilitator to do?🤷‍♀️

Breakout groups are a great way to get more done in less time by dividing a big call 🎂 into smaller groups 🍰 who than tackle the same mission or different pieces of the overall challenge.🎯

A common question we get about running big room OKR planning sessions remote is - how to do breakout groups with MURAL?🤔

There are two ways to do this:

Breakout groups in the Big Room OKR Planning template from Spotify.

Option 1: All breakout groups work in the same mural (h2)

Create a space for each group in your main workshop mural. Use this when:

  1. time is limited and you want to control the timer for all groups
  2. the activities are simple and don't require a huge quantity of ideas
  3. foster collaboration and sharing between groups

Separate murals for each breakout group.

Option 2: Each breakout group work in their own mural (h2)

Create a mural for each group where they can do their work. Do this when:

  1. participants will work in groups for a longer period of time and need access to their own timer to timebox activities
  2. need for more space to add their ideas
  3. encourage more diverse ideas since participants are less distracting since they don't see what other groups are working on

Watch "How do breakout groups work in MURAL" for more tips!💡

What's your favourite strategy for using breakout groups in MURAL? 


  • JulieWhitehouse
    JulieWhitehouse Mural Alum mod

    Thank you for explaining the options in how to do Breakout Rooms. It is always challenging when you have big meetings. People get lost and not focused many times, but splitting people up to work on individual small team efforts is way to have people stay engaged and get ideas flowing. So thanks for the tips. I will plan to use them.