8 OKR examples for Automation Engineer

What are Automation Engineer OKRs?

The Objective and Key Results (OKR) framework is a simple goal-setting methodology that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s. It became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s, and it's now used by teams of all sizes to set and track ambitious goals at scale.

Creating impactful OKRs can be a daunting task, especially for newcomers. Shifting your focus from projects to outcomes is key to successful planning.

We have curated a selection of OKR examples specifically for Automation Engineer to assist you. Feel free to explore the templates below for inspiration in setting your own goals.

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

Best practices for managing your Automation Engineer 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 👇

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 below). 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.

Building your own Automation Engineer OKRs with AI

While we have some examples below, it's likely that you'll have specific scenarios that aren't covered here. There are 2 options available to you.

Best way to track your Automation Engineer OKRs

The rules of OKRs are simple. Quarterly OKRs should be tracked weekly, and yearly OKRs should be tracked monthly. 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.

Automation Engineer OKRs templates

We've covered most of the things that you need to know about setting good OKRs and tracking them effectively. It's now time to give you a series of templates that you can use for inspiration!

We've added many examples of Automation Engineer Objectives and Key Results, but we did not stop there. Understanding the difference between OKRs and projects is important, so we also added examples of strategic initiatives that relate to the OKRs.

Hope you'll find this helpful!

OKRs to increase test automation percentage to 80%

  • ObjectiveIncrease test automation percentage to 80%
  • Key ResultImplement 60% of test automation by the end of the first month
  • TaskDevelop script for selected automated tests
  • TaskIdentify key tests suitable for automation
  • TaskImplement and validate the automated tests
  • Key ResultFinalize and establish 80% test automation by the end of the objective's period
  • TaskIdentify key functionalities requiring automated testing
  • TaskDevelop and implement desired automated tests
  • TaskReview and troubleshoot test results regularly
  • Key ResultImprove test coverage with automation to 70% by end of the second month
  • TaskDevelop and implement automated testing strategies
  • TaskConsistently review and adjust strategies to reach 70% coverage
  • TaskIdentify crucial areas lacking sufficient test coverage

OKRs to enhance automation coverage in UPI's T1 and T2 services

  • ObjectiveEnhance automation coverage in UPI's T1 and T2 services
  • Key ResultDecrease deployment time for T1 and T2 services by 40% using automation
  • TaskContinually review and enhance automation techniques for efficiency
  • TaskImplement automated tools for streamlining T1 and T2 service deployment
  • TaskTrain staff to leverage automation in the deployment process
  • Key ResultAchieve 95% deployment stability for automated T1 and T2 services
  • TaskDevelop robust automation scripts for T1 and T2 services deployment
  • TaskDevelop contingency plans for failed deployments
  • TaskImplement rigorous pre-deployment testing to ensure stability
  • Key ResultExpand backend automation to cover 70% of T1 services by the end of the quarter
  • TaskDevelop an automation strategy and timeline
  • TaskImplement and test automation processes
  • TaskIdentify T1 services suitable for backend automation

OKRs to streamline and Automate UPI Backend Operations

  • ObjectiveStreamline and Automate UPI Backend Operations
  • Key ResultEnsure 99.9% uptime for UPI backend systems via automated monitoring and maintenance
  • TaskImplement automated monitoring systems for real-time performance tracking
  • TaskSchedule regular maintenance of UPI backend systems
  • TaskDevelop automated failover protocols to minimize downtime
  • Key ResultIncrease backend processing speed by 30% through automation enhancements
  • TaskDevelop automation scripts to enhance these areas
  • TaskIdentify inefficient areas in the current backend process
  • TaskTest, implement, and monitor improvement in speed
  • Key ResultReduce backend error rates by 25% with improved automation and debugging
  • TaskDevelop automated testing for identification of backend errors
  • TaskImplement improved error tracking software
  • TaskConduct regular debugging sessions to reduce errors

OKRs to increase test automation coverage to 80%

  • ObjectiveIncrease test automation coverage to 80%
  • Key ResultDevelop and implement 20% more automated tests every month
  • TaskIdentify areas needing additional automated tests
  • TaskIntegrate tests into existing system
  • TaskWrite and validate new automations
  • Key ResultMaintain less than 5% failure rate in our automated tests
  • TaskProvide ongoing team training on test creation
  • TaskImplement rigorous quality assurance processes
  • TaskRegularly review and update the automated tests
  • Key ResultImprove average test execution time by 15%
  • TaskImplement more effective test optimization strategies
  • TaskUpgrade server hardware to boost processing power
  • TaskTrain staff in efficient testing procedures

OKRs to streamline DevOps processes for optimized efficiency and reliability

  • ObjectiveStreamline DevOps processes for optimized efficiency and reliability
  • Key ResultReduce deployment downtime by 35% through automation and configuration management
  • TaskImplement automated deployment processes to reduce manual errors
  • TaskConfigure management tools for efficient system administration
  • TaskRegularly update and optimize automation scripts
  • Key ResultImprove incident response time by 20% with enhanced monitoring tools and protocols
  • TaskTrain team on new tools and swift response strategies
  • TaskImplement advanced monitoring tools for quicker incident detection
  • TaskDevelop robust response protocols for urgent incidents
  • Key ResultValidate 100% of codes by implementing a comprehensive continuous integration pipeline
  • TaskImplement a robust continuous integration pipeline
  • TaskInitiate an automated code validation process
  • TaskPeriodically audit pipeline to ensure 100% code validation

OKRs to accelerate development via automation

  • ObjectiveAccelerate development through automation
  • Key Result100% of repos have a Continuous Delivery pipeline
  • TaskUse Github Actions/Bitbucket Pipelines to automate deployments on every commit
  • TaskCreate automated deployment scripts for all repos
  • Key ResultIncrease code coverage from 30% to 60%
  • Key ResultReduce cycle time from 8 days to 8h
  • Key ResultReduce build time from 20min to 5min
  • TaskAudit tests to find areas of improvements
  • TaskSplit tests to run in parallel when possible

OKRs to enhance DevOps operations and efficiency

  • ObjectiveEnhance DevOps operations and efficiency
  • Key ResultReduce code deployment downtime by 30% through improved deployment practices
  • TaskImplement continuous integration and deployment systems
  • TaskIncrease automated testing before deployment
  • TaskSimplify deployment procedures
  • Key ResultImprove system uptime by 20% by optimizing automation processes
  • TaskMonitor changes and adjust strategies accordingly
  • TaskEvaluate current system uptime and identify weak points in automation processes
  • TaskDevelop and implement improvements in automation procedures
  • Key ResultAchieve certification in two additional DevOps management tools to broaden technical skills
  • TaskStudy and pass the certification exams
  • TaskResearch and choose two DevOps management tools for certification
  • TaskEnroll in certification courses for the chosen tools

OKRs to achieve quicker releases of the real estate application through automation

  • ObjectiveAchieve quicker releases of the real estate application through automation
  • Key ResultReduce bugs by 30% using automated testing tools and practices
  • TaskTrain the team on effective automated testing practices
  • TaskRegularly review and improve testing procedures
  • TaskImplement automated testing tools in the development process
  • Key ResultIncrease deployment frequency by 50% by optimizing the CI/CD pipeline
  • TaskImplement performance monitoring for continuous optimization
  • TaskReview and streamline the existing CI/CD pipeline
  • TaskAutomate tests to reduce bottleneck issues
  • Key ResultImplement an automated roll-back system to minimize downtime by 40%
  • TaskSelect and purchase appropriate roll-back system software
  • TaskResearch available automated roll-back system platforms
  • TaskTrain staff on roll-back system operations and procedures

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OKRs resources

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