13 customisable OKR examples for Continuous Improvement

What are Continuous Improvement 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.

Writing good OKRs can be hard, especially if it's your first time doing it. You'll need to center the focus of your plans around outcomes instead of projects.

We have curated a selection of OKR examples specifically for Continuous Improvement 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 our OKR guide online.

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Our customisable Continuous Improvement OKRs examples

You will find in the next section many different Continuous Improvement 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 continuous improvement processes

  • ObjectiveEnhance continuous improvement processes
  • Key ResultImplement 3 new process improvements based on feedback and data analysis
  • TaskIdentify key problems from the feedback and data analysis
  • TaskImplement and monitor the new processes
  • TaskDevelop three process improvement strategies
  • Key ResultTrain all team members on Lean principles to promote a culture of improvement
  • TaskDistribute Lean principles educational materials to team members
  • TaskMonitor and assess team members' understanding of Lean principles
  • TaskOrganize Lean principles training sessions for the team
  • Key ResultIncrease feedback collection by 20% through surveys and feedback loops
  • TaskImplement feedback loops on all digital platforms
  • TaskDevelop and distribute engaging customer satisfaction surveys
  • TaskPromote survey participation through incentives

2. OKR to foster continuous improvement culture in production team

  • ObjectiveFoster continuous improvement culture in production team
  • Key ResultIncrease production team engagement in suggesting improvement ideas by 30%
  • TaskProvide training on successful idea generation techniques
  • TaskImplement a rewards system for valuable improvement suggestions
  • TaskConduct weekly brainstorming sessions for innovative ideas
  • Key ResultAchieve a 20% reduction in production errors utilizing improvement techniques
  • TaskTrain staff regularly on error prevention strategies
  • TaskUpdate and fine-tune production machinery for precision
  • TaskImplement strict quality control processes on production lines
  • Key ResultImplement weekly training sessions covering different improvement methodologies by end of quarter
  • TaskIdentify relevant improvement methodologies for training
  • TaskSchedule and communicate the training sessions
  • TaskDesign engaging weekly training curriculums

3. OKR to enhance wire harnesses through prototyping and continuous improvement

  • ObjectiveEnhance wire harnesses through prototyping and continuous improvement
  • Key ResultPrototype 3 new designs of automotive wire harnesses for testing
  • TaskArrange testing and data collection process on prototypes
  • TaskSketch initial concepts for 3 different automotive wire harness designs
  • TaskDevelop physical prototypes based on finalized design sketches
  • Key ResultReduce wire harness production defects by 20%
  • TaskProvide comprehensive training on wire harness assembly
  • TaskImplement routine quality checks during production
  • TaskPurchase upgraded, precision manufacturing equipment
  • Key ResultIncrease process efficiency to reduce production time by 15%
  • TaskOptimize workflow by identifying and removing unnecessary steps
  • TaskTrain staff in lean manufacturing techniques
  • TaskImplement time-tracking software for accurate productivity assessment

4. OKR to drive Agile Culture and Continuous Improvement

  • ObjectiveDrive Agile Culture and Continuous Improvement
  • Key ResultIncrease employee engagement by 15% through the use of feedback loops and open communication channels
  • Key ResultIncrease team agility by implementing Scrum methodology and conducting regular retrospectives
  • TaskTrain team members on Scrum principles and methodology through workshops and coaching sessions
  • TaskAdapt sprint planning sessions to prioritize tasks and assign them according to team members' strengths
  • TaskImplement Scrum artifacts like backlog, user stories, and Sprint boards to enhance team agility
  • TaskConduct weekly retrospectives to reflect on previous sprints and identify areas of improvement
  • Key ResultImplement an employee recognition program to encourage and reward continuous improvement efforts
  • Key ResultAchieve a 20% decrease in time-to-market for new product releases through streamlined processes

5. OKR to minimise and optimise operational expenditure effectively

  • ObjectiveMinimise and optimise operational expenditure effectively
  • Key ResultIncrease operational efficiency by 15% through the utilisation of lean methodologies
  • TaskTrain team in lean methodologies and continuous improvement principles
  • TaskContinuously monitor, measure and adjust for improved efficiency
  • TaskImplement lean tools, such as 5S, to optimize processes
  • Key ResultImplement at least 3 cost-saving initiatives within various departments
  • TaskDevelop and present cost-saving initiative proposals
  • TaskIdentify potential cost-saving areas in different departments
  • TaskImplement selected cost-saving strategies in respective departments
  • Key ResultAchieve a 10% reduction in total operational costs without compromising output quality
  • TaskNegotiate lower prices with vendors
  • TaskImplement lean processes to reduce waste
  • TaskEvaluate and optimize energy usage for cost efficiency

6. OKR to foster continuous improvement on Engineering metrics

  • ObjectiveFoster continuous improvement on Engineering metrics
  • Key ResultAchieve a 10% increase in team's average productivity metrics
  • TaskIntroduce incentives for meeting or surpassing productivity goals
  • TaskImplement training sessions to improve skills and efficiency
  • TaskOptimize workflow by eliminating unnecessary procedures
  • Key ResultImplement weekly trend analysis reports for every team member
  • TaskSchedule and distribute weekly trend analysis to each team member
  • TaskEstablish report templates to track weekly trends for each team
  • TaskAutomate data collection and trend analysis processes
  • Key ResultReduce error rates in engineering processes by 15%
  • TaskEnhance quality control and testing procedures
  • TaskRegularly review and improve existing engineering processes
  • TaskImplement training programs to update engineering knowledge and skills

7. OKR to increase automation and drive continuous improvement

  • ObjectiveIncrease automation and drive continuous improvement
  • Key ResultConduct bi-weekly team meetings to identify and implement improvement opportunities
  • TaskImplement the identified improvement opportunities
  • TaskSchedule bi-weekly team meetings
  • TaskIdentify improvement opportunities during meetings
  • Key ResultImplement automation tools for at least 3 manual processes in the department
  • TaskResearch and select appropriate automation tools
  • TaskIdentify 3 manual processes suitable for automation
  • TaskImplement and test selected automation tools
  • Key ResultReduce average response time by 20% through process improvements
  • TaskRegularly monitor and analyze response time data
  • TaskStreamline the response process via automation
  • TaskImplement efficiency training for the customer service team

8. OKR to foster open communication and continual improvement within the team

  • ObjectiveFoster open communication and continual improvement within the team
  • Key ResultAchieve a 25% increase in actionable suggestions from team members
  • TaskEnhance communication channels for suggestions
  • TaskConduct regular brainstorming sessions with team
  • TaskImplement a reward system for valuable suggestions
  • Key ResultEnsure 100% of team members participate in at least one feedback session
  • TaskTrack and confirm each member's participation
  • TaskCreate a schedule for mandatory feedback sessions
  • TaskInform team members about the feedback sessions
  • Key ResultConduct 8 team feedback sessions focused on insight sharing and improvement ideas
  • TaskSchedule 8 team feedback sessions for idea sharing
  • TaskEvaluate and implement suggestions for improvement after sessions
  • TaskPrepare a structured format for insight exchange

9. OKR to increase efficiency and effectiveness of product development through continuous process improvement

  • ObjectiveIncrease efficiency and effectiveness of product development through continuous process improvement
  • Key ResultAchieve a customer satisfaction rating of 90% by addressing product development pain points and enhancing quality
  • Key ResultDecrease resource wastage by 10% through optimized resource allocation and utilization
  • TaskIdentify and prioritize areas where resource wastage is currently occurring
  • TaskMonitor and track resource usage regularly to ensure ongoing reduction in wastage
  • TaskImplement streamlined processes and systems to improve resource allocation and utilization efficiency
  • TaskConduct a thorough assessment of current resource allocation and utilization practices
  • Key ResultIncrease the percentage of successful product launches by 15% through improved workflows and collaboration
  • TaskFoster cross-functional collaboration through regular team meetings and knowledge sharing sessions
  • TaskConduct a thorough analysis of existing workflows to identify bottlenecks and inefficiencies
  • TaskImplement a project management tool to streamline communication and task tracking
  • TaskEstablish a feedback loop with stakeholders to continuously improve product launch processes
  • Key ResultReduce product development cycle time by 20% through streamlined processes and automation

10. OKR to achieve Advanced Proficiency Level in English

  • ObjectiveAchieve Advanced Proficiency Level in English
  • Key ResultDeliver 3 presentations in English with effective communication metrics hitting 85%
  • TaskPrepare presentation content with emphasis on clarity and relevance
  • TaskUse feedback for continuous improvement and refining presentation skills
  • TaskPractice delivery for fluency, tone, and engagement
  • Key ResultRead and comprehend 5 advanced level English novels without assistance
  • TaskWrite summaries after each chapter to aid comprehension
  • TaskSelect five advanced level English novels to read
  • TaskSet a reading schedule, commit to it daily
  • Key ResultSecure a 90% or above score in advanced English proficiency test
  • TaskComplete multiple full-length practice tests
  • TaskReview and improve upon erroneous answers
  • TaskRegularly practice English grammar and vocabulary exercises

11. OKR to enhance financial operations for continuous improvement

  • ObjectiveEnhance financial operations for continuous improvement
  • Key ResultMinimize financial waste by identifying and reducing unnecessary expenses by 5%
  • TaskImplement strategies to cut identified expenses by 5%
  • TaskIdentify non-essential expenses across all categories
  • TaskAnalyze all financial statements for last one year
  • Key ResultImplement at least two efficiency-improving process changes in the finance department
  • TaskResearch industry standards for efficient practices
  • TaskIntroduce technology to automate financial processes
  • TaskIdentify inefficiencies in current financial operations
  • Key ResultIncrease quarterly profits by at least 10%
  • TaskImplement cost-saving measures throughout all departments
  • TaskDevelop and execute an aggressive sales strategy
  • TaskExpand product or service offerings to generate revenue

12. OKR 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

13. OKR to enhance analytical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • ObjectiveEnhance analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Key ResultImplement creative solutions to 3 ongoing business challenges
  • TaskImplement and monitor the effectiveness of these solutions
  • TaskResearch and develop innovative strategies to address these challenges
  • TaskIdentify 3 key challenges affecting business productivity or growth
  • Key ResultSolve 5 complex analytical problems per week without assistance
  • TaskAllocate dedicated time daily for problem-solving
  • TaskDetermine and understand problem scope and requirements
  • TaskConstantly develop and grow problem-solving skills
  • Key ResultComplete 3 logic and problem-solving related online courses
  • TaskResearch and select three online courses focused on logic and problem solving
  • TaskSystematically complete each course according to its curriculum
  • TaskEnroll in the selected courses on their respective platforms

Best practices for managing your Continuous Improvement 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

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 the weekly 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.

Best way to track your Continuous Improvement 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

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 Continuous Improvement 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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