Steve Grove brings a new, Google-inspired approach to measuring results to DEED

30 Aug 2019

When Steve Grove was named commissioner of Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) in January 2019, he sparked some high expectations. Grove—originally from Northfield—had previously directed Google’s $300 million Google News Lab, and Minnesota employers were eager to see how his experience in Silicon Valley might reshape the agency.

In August, DEED released its new strategic plan, and the Star Tribune’s Lee Schafer reports that it “has at least one very good idea from Google baked into it.” That’s a new way to measure success, called “objectives and key results,” or OKR.

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