2 customisable OKR examples for Backlog Management

What are Backlog Management 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.

Crafting effective OKRs can be challenging, particularly for beginners. Emphasizing outcomes rather than projects should be the core of your planning.

We have a collection of OKRs examples for Backlog Management to give you some inspiration. You can use any of the templates below as a starting point for your OKRs.

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

Building your own Backlog Management OKRs with AI

While we have some examples available, it's likely that you'll have specific scenarios that aren't covered here. You can use our free AI generator below or our more complete goal-setting system to generate your own OKRs.

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Our customisable Backlog Management OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Backlog Management 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!

1OKRs to enhance the efficiency of our matured agile team

  • ObjectiveEnhance the efficiency of our matured agile team
  • Key ResultReduce backlog items by 20%
  • TaskImplement additional resources towards tackling backlog
  • TaskReview and improve current work processes
  • TaskPrioritize backlog based on urgency and importance
  • Key ResultImprove team satisfaction score by 10 points through regular feedback and coaching
  • TaskImplement weekly feedback sessions within the team
  • TaskEncourage peer-to-peer feedback exchange
  • TaskDevelop a coaching program for underperformers
  • Key ResultIncrease sprint completion rate by 15%
  • TaskEnhance periodic sprint retrospectives for better insights
  • TaskImplement strict time management and planning processes
  • TaskImprove team communication, coordination, and collaboration

2OKRs to enhance the team's sprint goal attainment and continuous improvement

  • ObjectiveEnhance the team's sprint goal attainment and continuous improvement
  • Key ResultIncrease sprint goal achievement rate by 20%
  • TaskImplement more efficient task management systems
  • TaskIncrease daily stand-up meetings for progress check
  • TaskOffer training to boost team productivity
  • Key ResultReduce sprint backlog by 15% through effective prioritisation techniques
  • TaskImplement priority scoring for each item in the sprint backlog
  • TaskConduct regular backlog refinement sessions with the team
  • TaskEliminate low-priority tasks from the backlog
  • Key ResultImplement weekly coaching sessions to improve team’s skills
  • TaskPrepare targeted training material for each weekly session
  • TaskDetermine key skill areas needing improvement through assessments
  • TaskSchedule regular weekly coaching sessions in the team's calendar

Backlog Management OKR best practices to boost success

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

The #1 role of OKRs is to help you and your team focus on what really matters. Business-as-usual activities will still be happening, but you do not need to track your entire roadmap in the OKRs.

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 weekly OKR check-ins

Don't fall into the set-and-forget trap. It is important to adopt a weekly check-in process to get the full value of your OKRs and make your strategy agile – otherwise this is nothing more than a reporting exercise.

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.

How to turn your Backlog Management OKRs in a strategy map

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

We recommend using a spreadsheet for your first OKRs cycle. You'll need to get familiar with the scoring and tracking first. Then, you can scale your OKRs process by using a proper OKR-tracking tool for it.

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 Backlog Management 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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