Today we are excited to announce the general availability of Microsoft Viva Goals.
Since our initial announcement and private preview launch in May 2022, we have taken feedback from hundreds of Viva customers across the enterprise and global partners to ensure the best product experience. Thank you to every person who participated in this process. We love hearing feedback like this from Neudesic:
"OKRs and Viva Goals offer Neudesic an opportunity to work directly with executives on the things that matter most to their business, helping them get from strategy to execution. From here, we gain valuable insight into the broader needs of our customer’s business and can work with them to drive better business outcomes using this newly found visibility, alignment, and level of trust created at senior levels.”
—Kevin Corr, National Director Business Advisory Services at Neudesic
Here you can watch Viva Goals CVP Vetri Vellore give an overview of Viva Goals:
If you’re an existing Viva suite customer, you have access to Viva Goals today. If you’re not a Viva suite customer yet, learn more about Viva Goals and the entire Viva suite.
What is Viva Goals?
Microsoft Viva Goals is a goal-setting and management solution that aligns teams to your organization’s strategic priorities, driving results and a thriving business. We help business leaders build higher performing teams, HR leaders improve employee experience, and employees feel a sense of purpose and belonging at work.
- Creating clarity: With one centralized source of truth for goal setting, monitoring progress, and assessing success across your organization, you create clarity for your team, connect daily work to outcomes and align at all levels
- Focusing teams on impact, not output: Shift focus from effort and activity to impact and outcomes, share progress across your organization with customizable dashboards that turn data into insights, and stay agile at scale
- Bringing goals into the flow of everyday work: Keep goals top-of-mind by bringing data and actions into the spaces your team is already using, like Microsoft Teams, ADO, and the most popular data and project management tools.
Today, Viva Goals supports the OKR (Objectives and Key Results) goal-setting framework, popularized at Google, Intel, and other Fortune 500 companies for alignment it naturally creates between the work teams are doing and an organization’s top business priorities.
Because Viva Goals is a part of Microsoft Viva, it integrates into the employee experience, empowering people and teams to be their best from anywhere with both a seamless Teams integration and web app.
Viva Goals also supports integration with tools you use today, so you can stay connected to progress without adding another layer of work for your team. Scroll down for a list of all the integrations we offer today.
Viva Goals Access and Licensing
Now, you can start using the full set of features in Viva Goals with the purchase of one of the following SKUs:
- Microsoft Viva Goals SKU
- Microsoft Viva SKU
Viva Goals is available as an application in Microsoft Teams and as a web application. The Viva Goals web application has no prerequisites; customers can purchase and use Viva Goals with the web application without any other Microsoft product or subscription.
A Microsoft Teams product license is a prerequisite to use the Viva Goals application in Teams. Teams can be licensed with Microsoft 365 F1, F3, E3, A3, E5, A5; Office 365 F3, E1, A1, E3, A3, E5, A5; Microsoft 365 Business Basic, Business Standard, Business Premium; or Microsoft SharePoint K, Plan 1, or Plan 2 license.
For pricing details, a comprehensive list of what’s included in your existing subscription, and what’s unlocked with Viva Goals SKU or Viva suite SKU purchase, go to Microsoft Viva Goals. see this page.
For details on how to start rolling out Viva Goals in your tenant, go to our docs page for step-by-step configuration and admin guidance.
You can also get started today with a Viva Goals trial. Ask your Microsoft account representative or sign up yourself.
Viva Goals Capabilities
Now let’s look at some of the features that bring your organization's OKRs into the flow of work with Viva Goals. We will continue to add more exciting capabilities to this list in the future.
Make sure to watch the Viva Goals session at Ignite for a product overview and complete feature breakdown.
Define success by creating OKRs from scratch or using built-in templates
Whether you’re an old hand at OKRs or are using OKRs for the first time, we have features that make OKRs accessible.
Align at all levels of the organization with OKR approval workflows, Organizational, Team, and Individual goal pages, and Chart View.
Understand your team’s goals in the context of goals up, down, and across your organization.
Connect work to outcomes with Projects and Tasks aligned to OKRs
Ensure every employee understands how the work they do every day contributes to moving the needle for your organization.
Focus discussions, provide context and simplify reporting with custom dashboards and OKRs that dynamically update.
Customizable dashboard and automations help leaders keep goals top-of-mind at town halls and team meetings and offer insight into real-time progress towards your goals.
Share progress and insights across your organization with shareable links to dashboards
Progress shouldn’t exist in a silo. With shareable links, you can keep every employee engaged in team goal setting and progress.
Viva Goals app in Teams
Is your organization beginning to use Viva Goals? Search for “Viva Goals” in the Teams app menu, pin to your nav rail, and start exploring today.
Stay in the flow of work with the Viva Goals app in Azure Dev Ops
Viva Goals layers into the systems of work your team is already using, like Azure Dev Ops—keeping business goals front and center in the place where work is happening.
Communicate, collaborate and check-in on goals with the message extension in Teams chat.
Build a culture of conversation around goals with the Teams messaging extension.
Integrations Available Now
I’m pleased to share that the following integrations are live today:
Note that all third-party integrations require a separate subscription with that 3rd party.
The Next Generation of Goal-Setting for Businesses
Right now, leaders, managers, and all employees are rethinking the how, what, where, when, and why of work.
Employees are looking for a culture they care about, and a sense of purpose and meaning at work. They want to know that they’re part of something bigger and see how what they come to work to do every day ladders up to bigger goals and organizational mission.
And as hybrid work continues to become more normalized—only 50% of businesses are planning to go back to fully in-person work in the coming year, according to the 2022 Work Trends Index—we need to figure out how to both meet these increasingly important employee needs of purpose and meaning at work all while delivering business results.
We hope you’ll join us on this journey to help organizations and employees focus, align, and achieve their fullest potential. For more information on the road to Viva Goals and best practices in the product, check out the Intrazone podcast we just recorded here:
To stay up to date on the latest with Viva Goals, see details on features & licensing, and get started with a trial, visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-viva/goals.
Where You Can Learn More
About Viva Goals
About the Microsoft Viva suite