CTO OKRs

How you write your OKRs can make a huge difference on the impact that your team will have at the end of the quarter. But, it's not always easy to write a quarterly plan that focuses on outcomes instead of projects.

We've tailored a list of OKRs examples for CTO to help you. You can look at any of the templates below to get some inspiration for your own goals.

Examples of OKRs for CTO

You'll find Objectives and Key Results for CTO, but our examples may also include the tasks that can help you get there.

You'll find 6 OKRs examples for CTO below, and some extra tips to write better quarterly plans at the end.

OKRs to reduce technical debt

  • ObjectiveReduce significantly the technical debt in our platform
  • Key ResultDedicated 20% of our sprint effort to tackling technical debt
  • Key ResultClose 40 issues tagged as technical debt
  • Key ResultBoost application performance by 40% as a result of the debt culling

OKRs to accelerate release cycles

  • ObjectiveIncrease the velocity of our releases through automation
  • Key ResultIncrease production deployments from 1/week to 4/week
  • TaskCreate deployment pipeline on Github
  • TaskAutomate deployment scripts
  • Key ResultReduce build time from 20mins to 5mins
  • TaskReview test suites and cut expensive tests
  • TaskEnable parallel builds
  • Key ResultReduce the mean lead time for changes from 8 days to 72h
  • TaskSet up dedicate code review time to accelerate PR reviews
  • Key Result100% of our services have a Continuous Delivery pipeline

OKRs to improve incident management

  • ObjectiveBuild an amazing incident management process
  • Key ResultReduce the number of regressions by 60%
  • Key ResultIncrease the size of the incident response team from 2 to 6 people
  • Key ResultReduce the MTTR from 3h to 60 minutes

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 improve developer experience by improvign dev speed

  • ObjectiveProvide amazing Developer Experience (DX) by improving dev speed
  • Key Result90% of products have a standardized Continuous Delivery pipeline
  • Key ResultReduce average build time from 20 minutes to 2 minutes
  • Key ResultReduce release cycle time from 12 days to 3 days

OKRs to improve the Disaster Recover process

  • ObjectiveHave a world class DR process
  • Key ResultIncrease the number of DR tests from 1 to 3 per quarter
  • Key ResultReduce recovery period from 24h to 12h
  • Key ResultReduce recovery point objective from 12 business hours to 4 business hours

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How to track your OKRs?

It's important to establish a cadence of check-ins for your CTO OKRs.

OKRs without regular progress updates are just KPIs. You'll need to update progress on your OKRs every week to get the full benefits from the framework.

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

OKRs resources

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

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