3 customisable OKR examples for Application Performance

What are Application Performance OKRs?

The OKR acronym stands for Objectives and Key Results. It's a goal-setting framework that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s, and it became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s. OKRs helps teams has a shared language to set ambitious goals and track progress towards them.

Formulating strong OKRs can be a complex endeavor, particularly for first-timers. Prioritizing outcomes over projects is crucial when developing your plans.

To aid you in setting your goals, we have compiled a collection of OKR examples customized for Application Performance. Take a look at the templates below for inspiration and guidance.

If you want to learn more about the framework, you can read our OKR guide online.

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Our customisable Application Performance OKRs examples

You will find in the next section many different Application Performance Objectives and Key Results. We've included strategic initiatives in our templates to give you a better idea of the different between the key results (how we measure progress), and the initiatives (what we do to achieve the results).

Hope you'll find this helpful!

1. OKR to enhance application performance in data center and cloud environments

  • ObjectiveEnhance application performance in data center and cloud environments
  • Key ResultIncrease data center and cloud application error resolution rate by 20%
  • TaskImplement enhanced automated error detection software
  • TaskTrain staff in advanced cloud technology troubleshooting
  • TaskRegularly review and refine error resolution protocols
  • Key ResultImprove cloud application up-time from 95% to 99% for consistent service availability
  • TaskConduct routine cloud maintenance and updates
  • TaskImplement redundant cloud architecture for continuous service availability
  • TaskUtilize real-time monitoring systems for early issue detection
  • Key ResultReduce server response time by 15% to improve on-premise application speed
  • TaskImplement efficient load balancing techniques
  • TaskUpgrade server hardware to increase processing speed
  • TaskOptimize application code for better server utilization

2. OKR to minimize application downtime to improve performance

  • ObjectiveMinimize application downtime to improve performance
  • Key ResultAdvance our response time for outages to within an hour of occurrence
  • TaskTrain staff in rapid response protocols
  • TaskSchedule regular checks of system uptime
  • TaskImplement automated outage detection software
  • Key ResultImplement automatic failover for no more than 5% downtime per incident
  • TaskIdentify and establish appropriate failover configuration needs
  • TaskConduct testing to ensure less than 5% downtime
  • TaskImplement automatic failover system in existing architecture
  • Key ResultConduct bi-weekly maintenance checks to spot potential errors upfront
  • TaskDocument and analyze check results for errors
  • TaskPerform regular system diagnostics every two weeks
  • TaskCreate a bi-weekly maintenance check schedule

3. OKR to enhance application design by solution architect review

  • ObjectiveEnhance application design by solution architect review
  • Key ResultConduct in-depth analysis of current application design flaws
  • TaskAnalyze identified flaws and their impacts on user experience
  • TaskIdentify potential areas of improvement in the application design
  • TaskDevelop a plan to address and fix noted design flaws
  • Key ResultCollaborate with development team to propose and implement design improvements
  • TaskDraft proposed design improvements for team review
  • TaskOversee implementation of agreed-upon design changes
  • TaskOrganize meeting with development team to discuss design enhancements
  • Key ResultTrack and evaluate impact of design changes on overall system performance
  • TaskAnalyze and document performance variations tied to design changes
  • TaskMonitor system performance before and after design changes implementation
  • TaskRun system testing for evaluating design modifications' effectiveness

Best practices for managing your Application Performance OKRs

Generally speaking, your objectives should be ambitious yet achievable, and your key results should be measurable and time-bound (using the SMART framework can be helpful). It is also recommended to list strategic initiatives under your key results, as it'll help you avoid the common mistake of listing projects in your KRs.

Here are a couple of best practices extracted from our OKR implementation guide πŸ‘‡

Tip #1: Limit the number of key results

Having too many OKRs is the #1 mistake that teams make when adopting the framework. The problem with tracking too many competing goals is that it will be hard for your team to know what really matters.

We recommend having 3-4 objectives, and 3-4 key results per objective. A platform like Tability can run audits on your data to help you identify the plans that have too many goals.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's audit dashboard will highlight opportunities to improve OKRs

Tip #2: Commit to the weekly check-ins

Setting good goals can be challenging, but without regular check-ins, your team will struggle to make progress. We recommend that you track your OKRs weekly to get the full benefits from the framework.

Being able to see trends for your key results will also keep yourself honest.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's check-ins will save you hours and increase transparency

Tip #3: No more than 2 yellow statuses in a row

Yes, this is another tip for goal-tracking instead of goal-setting (but you'll get plenty of OKR examples above). But, once you have your goals defined, it will be your ability to keep the right sense of urgency that will make the difference.

As a rule of thumb, it's best to avoid having more than 2 yellow/at risk statuses in a row.

Make a call on the 3rd update. You should be either back on track, or off track. This sounds harsh but it's the best way to signal risks early enough to fix things.

Best way to track your Application Performance OKRs

Your quarterly OKRs should be tracked weekly in order to get all the benefits of the OKRs framework. Reviewing progress periodically has several advantages:

  • It brings the goals back to the top of the mind
  • It will highlight poorly set OKRs
  • It will surface execution risks
  • It improves transparency and accountability

Spreadsheets are enough to get started. Then, once you need to scale you can use a proper OKR platform to make things easier.

A strategy map in TabilityTability's Strategy Map makes it easy to see all your org's OKRs

If you're not yet set on a tool, you can check out the 5 best OKR tracking templates guide to find the best way to monitor progress during the quarter.

More Application Performance OKR templates

We have more templates to help you draft your team goals and OKRs.

OKRs resources

Here are a list of resources to help you adopt the Objectives and Key Results framework.

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