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How to track your goals with OKRs

Every organization, small or big, has to make sure that everybody is on the same track in order to reach their goals. Vision needs to be mapped to strategy, strategy to concrete goals which everybody inside the organization is aware of. OKRs is one of the frameworks that helps organizations to achieve it and there is a number of big companies (Google amongst them) that are successfully using it to navigate their growth.

OKR stands for Objectives and key results and means exactly that. The main idea is that you set a goal (or an objective) you want to achieve and set a list of key results which are required to achieve it. There is one important thing about the key results: they have to be measurable. “Increase the number of customers” is not a good example, as it is hard to tell if the key result was achieved - is it enough to get one more customer? Then your key result is “Increase the number of customers by one”. Or do you want to increase the number by 10%? Then your key result is “I…

New feature: Calendar Perspective

Recently we published a post about the Chart Perspective and today, we are pleased to announce the  Calendar Perspective!

If your collection contains attributes with date and time, you can view them in a calendar. Don’t worry about the format - Lumeer recognizes lots of formats and doesn’t mind if the value is “01/04/2019” or “April 1, 2019 6pm” (in case your favourite date format is not supported, please let us know and we will make it work).

After switching the perspective, choose attributes that contain your event name and start date. You can also choose an attribute with an end date but this is optional as some types of data (e.g. orders) contain only one date.



Now that there are events displayed in the calendar, you can see their names by hovering over the dots:



And after clicking on the dot, you can see all details of the event and update it:



You can of course add a new event to the calendar without going back to the table or post-it perspective. Double-click on a date and a window f…

New feature: Chart perspective

Your data are not only tables, and neither is Lumeer! Sometimes you need to change the perspective, the point of view if you will, and see your data in a chart rather than just a table for instance. Actually, lots of people coming from spreadsheets background had told us so. We are dedicated to creating the features you need, and this is why we present you with charts! Now you can find Chart among other perspectives in the perspective dropdown:

There are currently three types of charts you can choose from: line, bar and pie, and you can easily switch between them and select attributes for axes:

You might be used to changing data in your Excel table and then looking at chart next to it to see how it changes. Each of the perspectives in Lumeer can not only display but also change your data. Chart is not an exception - just drag the bars and the data will be automatically updated:

And don’t forget about the exports to .png files and other features you can find in the upper right corner:

Try …

How to track and manage your suppliers

Whether it is construction, manufacturing or digital services, supplier management appears in every business field. You need to track your suppliers and orders either for materials, tools or office supplies, and it can surely become a mess. In this article, we will show you how Lumeer will help you store and see all the information in one place.

We will use a chemical laboratory as a model example, but don’t worry, you will see that the supplier management principles are the same across all industries. We identified three basic entities: suppliers, orders and inventory items. Let’s create a collection for each one of them (if it’s the first time you are creating a collection, First time in Lumeer article can help you with that):



Then we fill the collection with all the items that we obtain from our suppliers:



And also with our suppliers:



Now we have two tables, but they don’t give us a complete picture, because they are missing the information about which supplier to contact when ordering…