12 customisable OKR examples for Cost Management

What are Cost 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.

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 Cost Management 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 Cost Management OKRs examples

You will find in the next section many different Cost Management 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 implement effective cloud cost management and budget alignment strategies

  • ObjectiveImplement effective cloud cost management and budget alignment strategies
  • Key ResultIncrease forecast accuracy for cloud spending by 20% via predictive analytics
  • TaskContinuously improve data models for better forecasting accuracy
  • TaskImplement rigorous testing and validation of predictive models
  • TaskDevelop precise predictive analytics algorithms for cloud spending
  • Key ResultReduce overall cloud expenditure by 15% using cost-optimization strategies
  • TaskIdentify and eliminate underutilized or idle cloud resources
  • TaskOptimize cloud storage and data transfer processes
  • TaskImplement automation and scale-down capabilities
  • Key ResultImplement a cloud cost governance framework that achieves 100% budget adherence
  • TaskEstablish financial controls and reporting tools
  • TaskMonitor cost usage and optimize resources regularly
  • TaskDefine a strict budget for your cloud services

2. OKR to increase cost management efficiency for people and operations

  • ObjectiveIncrease cost management efficiency for people and operations
  • Key ResultImplement cost tracking system to monitor and analyze spend across departments
  • TaskTrain department heads in cost tracking system usage
  • TaskLaunch system and begin monitoring departmental expenses
  • TaskSelect cost tracking software suitable for our business needs
  • Key ResultTrain managers on cost management best practices to mitigate overspending
  • TaskFollow-up on training effectiveness and changes
  • TaskIdentify experts to guide practice implementation
  • TaskArrange cost management training seminars for managers
  • Key ResultReduce operational costs by 10% through process optimization and automation
  • TaskConduct a thorough assessment of current operational processes
  • TaskImplement process optimization and automation strategies
  • TaskIdentify inefficiencies and areas for automation

3. OKR to increase revenue to achieve $25,000 gain

  • ObjectiveIncrease revenue to achieve $25,000 gain
  • Key ResultDecrease operational expenses by 5% through cost management strategies
  • TaskNegotiate with vendors to lower expenses on supplies
  • TaskReview and streamline business processes for efficiency
  • TaskImplement energy-efficient practices to decrease utility costs
  • Key ResultIncrease sales conversion rate by 10% through strategic marketing initiatives
  • TaskOptimize website for enhanced user experience
  • TaskImplement targeted advertising based on customer behavior analysis
  • TaskDevelop a personalized email marketing campaign
  • Key ResultLaunch 2 new profitable products or services to augment revenue stream
  • TaskIdentify potential products or services based on market demand
  • TaskExecute a strong marketing and sales strategy
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive business plan for each product

4. OKR to improve efficiency and effectiveness in facilities management

  • ObjectiveImprove efficiency and effectiveness in facilities management
  • Key ResultAchieve 90% satisfaction rate in employee facilities survey
  • TaskImplement updates and improvements based on feedback
  • TaskConduct an initial survey to gauge current satisfaction levels
  • TaskRegularly communicate improvements to employees
  • Key ResultReduce maintenance response time by 15%
  • TaskImplement an automated maintenance request tracking system
  • TaskIncrease maintenance staff availability
  • TaskTrain techs on response time reduction strategies
  • Key ResultDecrease facilities-related expenses by 10%
  • TaskRegularly maintain and repair equipment to avoid costly replacements
  • TaskImplement energy-efficient lighting and heating systems
  • TaskNegotiate lower rates with utilities providers

5. OKR to streamline vendor management for efficient cost savings and digitalized P2P process

  • ObjectiveStreamline vendor management for efficient cost savings and digitalized P2P process
  • Key ResultReduce vendor costs by 15% through negotiation and strategic sourcing
  • TaskDevelop and implement strategic sourcing strategies with chosen vendors
  • TaskIdentify all current vendor contracts and review cost details
  • TaskPrioritize vendors for renegotiation based on potential cost savings
  • Key ResultImprove P2P process turnaround time by 30%, leveraging digital tools and automation
  • TaskTrain staff on efficient use of new automation tools
  • TaskOptimize P2P process workflow with AI-powered tooling
  • TaskImplement digital systems to automate invoice generation and payment
  • Key ResultAchieve 90% digitalization of P2P processes to enhance operational efficiency
  • TaskImplement digital software platforms for P2P interactions
  • TaskMonitor and evaluate digitalization progress regularly
  • TaskTrain staff on digital P2P process management

6. OKR to grow personal net worth to $1M

  • ObjectiveGrow personal net worth to $1M
  • Key ResultInvest 30% of income in high-yield, low-risk opportunities
  • TaskAllocate funds towards selected investment opportunities
  • TaskDetermine the amount equalling 30% of your yearly income
  • TaskResearch high-yield, low-risk investment options
  • Key ResultIncrease monthly income by 50% through diversifying income streams
  • TaskLearn and engage in e-commerce or online business opportunities
  • TaskExplore and invest in a variety of income generating assets
  • TaskStart a side job or freelance work related to your skills
  • Key ResultReduce monthly expenses by 20% through budgeting and disciplined spending
  • TaskEstablish a strict weekly budget and stick to it
  • TaskCut out unnecessary expenses such as dining out
  • TaskRegularly review and adjust spending habits

7. 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

8. OKR to increase wealth by improving income and managing spending

  • ObjectiveIncrease wealth by improving income and managing spending
  • Key ResultDedicate 10% of each paycheck to investments to generate additional income
  • TaskDetermine monthly income
  • TaskTransfer this amount to chosen investments
  • TaskCalculate 10% of the monthly income
  • Key ResultRaise primary income by 15% through performance at work or business growth
  • TaskSeek promotion or salary increase at the current job
  • TaskDevelop and implement strategies for business sales growth
  • TaskImprove job performance through continuing education or training
  • Key ResultReduce unnecessary expenses by identifying and eliminating 20% of non-essential costs
  • TaskCreate a strategy to eliminate identified non-essential costs
  • TaskReview and categorize all expenses to identify non-essential costs
  • TaskImplement the cost-reduction strategy and track progress

9. OKR to enhance strategic planning and cut costs in category and product management

  • ObjectiveEnhance strategic planning and cut costs in category and product management
  • Key ResultDevelop and implement a strategic category plan for 3 top-selling product lines
  • TaskImplement the developed plan across each product line
  • TaskIdentify the three top-selling product lines
  • TaskCreate a comprehensive strategic category plan
  • Key ResultIncrease cost efficiency by improving negotiation skills, saving 15% on supplier contracts
  • TaskEnroll in professional negotiation skills workshops
  • TaskEstablish a targeted savings goal for each contract
  • TaskNegotiate supplier contracts effectively to ensure savings
  • Key ResultImplement a new budgeting tool to decrease product development costs by 20%
  • TaskMonitor and adjust implementation for efficiency
  • TaskTrain product development team on chosen tool
  • TaskIdentify suitable budgeting tools within the market

10. OKR to implement a cost-effective solution for portfolio tracking

  • ObjectiveImplement a cost-effective solution for portfolio tracking
  • Key ResultSuccessfully integrate chosen solution into current system with 100% functionality by week 12
  • TaskDevelop an integration plan and timeline to implement the solution
  • TaskTest and debug solution for 100% functionality by week 12
  • TaskEvaluate suitability and functionality of chosen solution with the current system
  • Key ResultTrial selected solutions and choose most efficient by week 10
  • TaskEvaluate each solution's efficiency weekly
  • TaskImplement chosen solutions for a trial period
  • TaskChoose the most productive solution by week 10
  • Key ResultResearch and identify 3 cost-effective portfolio tracking solutions by week 6
  • TaskResearch affordable portfolio tracking services
  • TaskCompile and analyze top 3 options
  • TaskOutline key features needed in portfolio tracking solutions

11. OKR to effectively meet the installation revenue targets

  • ObjectiveEffectively meet the installation revenue targets
  • Key ResultImprove upselling techniques to boost revenue by 15%
  • TaskDesign and implement effective incentive programs for successful upsells
  • TaskAnalyze customer data to identify upselling possibilities
  • TaskEnroll sales team in advanced upselling and cross-selling training workshops
  • Key ResultDecrease installation costs by optimizing resources, aiming for a 10% reduction
  • TaskReview current resource allocation for inefficiencies
  • TaskSimplify installation processes to save time and materials
  • TaskTrain staff in cost-effective installation practices
  • Key ResultIncrease the number of installations by 20%
  • TaskEnhance advertising efforts on social and digital platforms
  • TaskOptimize the app’s visibility in app stores
  • TaskImplement incentive-based promotions for app installations

12. OKR to achieve substantial operational cost reduction

  • ObjectiveAchieve substantial operational cost reduction
  • Key ResultImplement automation in 3 high-cost operational activities to improve efficiency
  • TaskImplement and monitor the automation processes
  • TaskDesign suitable automation strategies for each operation
  • TaskIdentify 3 high-cost operations prone to automation
  • Key ResultReduce operational expenses by 15% through process optimization and waste reduction
  • TaskIdentify and eliminate inefficient operational processes
  • TaskTrain staff on optimized workflow processes
  • TaskImplement waste reduction measures across all departments
  • Key ResultReduce third-party vendor costs by renegotiating contracts and exploring alternative suppliers
  • TaskResearch and evaluate alternative suppliers
  • TaskDevelop and implement cost-effective contracts with new vendors
  • TaskInitiate negotiations for current vendor contracts

Best practices for managing your Cost Management 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 Cost Management 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

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 Cost Management OKR templates

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OKRs resources

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