15 customisable OKR examples for Developer Quality

What are Developer Quality OKRs?

The OKR acronym stands for Objectives and Key Results. It's a goal-setting framework that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s, and it became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s. OKRs helps teams has a shared language to set ambitious goals and track progress towards them.

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 Developer Quality 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.

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Our customisable Developer Quality OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Developer Quality 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!

1. OKR to enhance Developer Quality

  • ObjectiveEnhance Developer Quality
  • Key ResultFoster collaboration by establishing cross-functional teams to deliver one successful project
  • TaskClearly define the roles and responsibilities of each team member to ensure clarity
  • TaskFacilitate regular communication and meetings among team members to encourage collaboration
  • TaskIdentify key individuals from different departments to form cross-functional teams
  • TaskProvide the necessary resources and support to enable teams to successfully deliver the project
  • Key ResultEnhance technical skills through monthly training sessions with at least 90% attendance
  • TaskMonitor and track attendance of each team member for training sessions
  • TaskProvide relevant and informative training materials for each session
  • TaskCommunicate the importance of attending training sessions to all team members
  • TaskEstablish a monthly schedule for training sessions
  • Key ResultIncrease code quality by implementing code review process and achieving an average rating of 4 out of 5
  • TaskEstablish a designated code review team to review and provide constructive feedback on code submissions
  • TaskImplement a systematic code review process and ensure all code changes undergo thorough review
  • TaskDefine clear coding guidelines and standards to be followed during the code review process
  • TaskRegularly measure and track the code review ratings, identifying areas of improvement and addressing them
  • Key ResultImprove efficiency by decreasing average bug fix time to less than 24 hours

2. OKR to improve web and mobile user experience parity

  • ObjectiveImprove web and mobile user experience parity
  • Key ResultIncrease the number of user interactions per session on web and mobile by 15%
  • TaskUtilize personalized recommendations and tailored notifications to engage users and promote interaction
  • TaskOptimize the user interface to enhance navigation and encourage exploring the platform
  • TaskImplement gamification elements to motivate users and incentivize repeat interactions
  • TaskImprove content quality and relevance to increase user engagement and time spent on platform
  • Key ResultReduce the number of critical bugs reported on web and mobile by 30%
  • TaskProvide regular training to the development team on best practices for bug prevention
  • TaskImprove communication between developers and QA team to address critical bug issues efficiently
  • TaskImplement automated testing to catch critical bugs early in the development process
  • TaskConduct thorough code reviews for web and mobile apps before deployment
  • Key ResultIncrease user satisfaction rating for web and mobile platforms by 10%
  • TaskImprove user interface design to enhance user experience and navigation
  • TaskProvide personalized and responsive customer support to address user inquiries and concerns
  • TaskConduct user surveys and gather feedback to identify pain points and areas for improvement
  • TaskImplement faster loading times and optimize performance for seamless user interaction
  • Key ResultDecrease average load time for mobile devices by 20%
  • TaskOptimize server response time by identifying and resolving any bottlenecks or performance issues
  • TaskMinify CSS and JavaScript files to reduce their file size and improve loading times
  • TaskImplement caching mechanisms to store and deliver frequently accessed data more efficiently
  • TaskOptimize images by compressing and reducing their file sizes without loss of quality

3. OKR to achieve consistent delivery of a high-quality application

  • ObjectiveAchieve consistent delivery of a high-quality application
  • Key ResultIncrease weekly cadence of successful application releases by 20%
  • TaskIntegrate automated testing for faster bug detection
  • TaskImplement more efficient software development methodologies
  • TaskEnhance collaboration among development teams
  • Key ResultDecrease application issues reported post-release by 30%
  • TaskImplement a comprehensive quality assurance and testing process
  • TaskPrioritize regular updates and patches post-release
  • TaskEnhance pre-release user acceptance testing
  • Key ResultEnhance user satisfaction ratings on the application by improving it by 25%
  • TaskDevelop and launch new desired features
  • TaskPrioritize and address reported bugs and glitches
  • TaskImplement frequent customer surveys to gather user feedback

4. OKR to elevate overall test coverage across all features

  • ObjectiveElevate overall test coverage across all features
  • Key ResultImplement a process for monitoring and increasing test coverage on an ongoing basis
  • TaskImplement a continuous test coverage monitoring system
  • TaskDevelop strategies to continuously improve test coverage
  • TaskIdentify existing areas lacking sufficient test coverage
  • Key ResultIdentify and address 30% of areas with low test coverage across existing features
  • TaskPrioritize these features based on importance
  • TaskIdentify features with less than 70% test coverage
  • TaskDevelop and implement tests to increase coverage
  • Key ResultAchieve 70% code coverage for all new features developed in the next quarter
  • TaskConduct reviews and refactoring sessions to improve coverage
  • TaskImplement mandatory unit tests for all newly developed features
  • TaskMonitor code coverage regularly using suitable tools

5. OKR to deliver feature-rich product releases with minimal bugs

  • ObjectiveDeliver feature-rich product releases with minimal bugs
  • Key ResultConduct rigorous weekly QA sessions for every newly developed feature
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive test cases for each feature
  • TaskDocument all findings and feedback effectively
  • TaskSchedule weekly QA sessions for new features
  • Key ResultIncrease unit test coverage to 90% for every product feature
  • TaskRegularly monitor and update tests as necessary
  • TaskReview current test coverage for each product feature
  • TaskDevelop additional unit tests for under-tested features
  • Key ResultDecrease in reported post-release bugs by 30%
  • TaskEnhance debugging during product development
  • TaskImplement a more thorough QA process
  • TaskImprove testing procedures before product release

6. OKR to enhance Quality and Usability of my API

  • ObjectiveEnhance Quality and Usability of my API
  • Key ResultIncrease API response time by 20%
  • TaskImplement efficient and faster algorithms and data structures
  • TaskEvaluate and optimize the existing code for better performance
  • TaskUpgrade server hardware to improve processing speed
  • Key ResultReduce API error rate by 25%
  • TaskIncrease unit tests to capture potential API errors
  • TaskReview and optimize existing API error handling
  • TaskImplement API monitoring tools for real-time tracking
  • Key ResultImplement 100% of planned new API functions and endpoints
  • TaskRelease and document all new API functions
  • TaskDevelop and test all new API functions and endpoints
  • TaskReview the design of planned new API functions and endpoints

7. OKR to enhance the quality of software releases through manual testing

  • ObjectiveEnhance the quality of software releases through manual testing
  • Key ResultIncrease manual test case effectiveness by 25%
  • TaskProvide continuous training for manual testing techniques
  • TaskImplement peer reviews for manual test case validation
  • TaskDevelop exhaustive, realistic use-cases scenarios for better test coverage
  • Key ResultReduce critical bugs in live software by 15%
  • TaskImplement rigorous testing procedures before software deployment
  • TaskRegularly update and debug software code base
  • TaskTrain developers in best practices for bug prevention
  • Key ResultRaise manual test coverage for each release to at least 95%
  • TaskIdentify areas of software currently lacking full manual testing
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive manual test plans for those areas
  • TaskTrain team to execute new test plans efficiently

8. OKR to minimize technical debt across all 100 crawlers

  • ObjectiveMinimize technical debt across all 100 crawlers
  • Key ResultReduce the number of crippling bugs by 60% across all active crawlers
  • TaskAllocate more resources for extensive crawler bug testing
  • TaskRoll out regular updates to eliminate known issues
  • TaskImplement rigorous code review before deployment
  • Key ResultDevelop and implement robust refactoring plans for 75% of identified issues
  • TaskImplement refactoring plans across 75% of identified areas
  • TaskIdentify key areas requiring refactoring within the system
  • TaskCreate comprehensive, efficient refactoring plans for these areas
  • Key ResultIdentify and document technical debt in 100% of the crawlers
  • TaskReview all crawler codes to identify technical debt
  • TaskLog debt detail in a central tracking system
  • TaskPrepare a comprehensive technical debt report

9. OKR to improve code quality through effective code reviews

  • ObjectiveImprove code quality through effective code reviews
  • Key ResultReduce average time taken to complete code reviews
  • TaskSet clear expectations and guidelines for code reviews
  • TaskUse automated tools for code analysis and review to enhance efficiency
  • TaskImplement a peer review process to streamline code reviews
  • TaskProvide regular code review training sessions for team members
  • Key ResultImplement and track improvements in code review feedback incorporation rate
  • TaskConduct a survey to collect feedback from developers on barriers to incorporating code review feedback
  • TaskAnalyze the survey results to identify the common barriers to incorporating code review feedback
  • TaskImplement a tracking system to monitor and measure the improvements in code review feedback incorporation rate
  • TaskDevelop a training program to address the identified barriers and improve feedback incorporation rate
  • Key ResultIncrease team members' satisfaction with code review process
  • Key ResultIncrease average number of bugs caught through code review per week

10. OKR to enhance product quality and decrease bugs

  • ObjectiveEnhance product quality and decrease bugs
  • Key ResultIncrease customer satisfaction survey score by at least 10 points
  • TaskRegularly ask for customer feedback and make improvements
  • TaskTrain customer service reps in empathy and communication
  • TaskImplement a strategy for efficient after-sales customer service
  • Key ResultImplement automated testing for all critical functionalities
  • TaskIdentify all critical functionalities requiring automated testing
  • TaskExecute tests and troubleshoot issues identified
  • TaskDevelop automated testing scripts for these functions
  • Key ResultDecrease bugs by 25% compared to current version
  • TaskEnhance debugging tools to identify hidden bugs
  • TaskImplement rigorous testing procedures before code deployment
  • TaskEncourage developers to regularly perform code reviews

11. OKR 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

12. OKR to enforce coding standards to prevent new tech debt

  • ObjectiveStandardize coding practices for debt reduction
  • Key ResultConduct training sessions to educate all team members
  • Key ResultReduce tech debt backlog by 50% through enforcement of standards
  • Key ResultDevelop and implement updated coding standards
  • Key ResultConduct quarterly reviews to ensure adherence to standards

13. OKR to conduct regular penetration testing and code reviews

  • ObjectiveImprove security through regular penetration testing and code reviews
  • Key ResultEnsure all critical vulnerabilities found in penetration testing are remediated within 2 weeks
  • Key ResultConduct code reviews for all new features and major changes before deployment
  • Key ResultImplement at least 80% of code review recommendations within the next release cycle
  • Key ResultIncrease the frequency of penetration testing from once a quarter to twice a month

14. OKR to increase code quality

  • ObjectiveDemonstrate incredible standards in code quality
  • Key Result100% of pull requests are reviewed by 2 developers
  • Key Result75% of the developers have gone through QA training
  • Key Result100% of repositories are using code linting and static code analysis
  • Key ResultReduce the percentage of QA-related broken builds by 60%

15. OKR to implement unit-testing in Mid-Office

  • ObjectiveImplement unit-testing in Mid-Office
  • Key ResultDevelop a comprehensive unit testing plan within 4 weeks
  • TaskSchedule and delegate testing tasks
  • TaskIdentify all functionalities for testing
  • TaskDraft a detailed unit testing procedure
  • Key ResultTrain the team on unit-testing best practices and tools by 6 weeks
  • TaskSchedule and conduct weekly team training sessions for 6 weeks
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive training program on unit-testing practices
  • TaskIdentify appropriate unit-testing software and tools for training
  • Key ResultAchieve 80% code coverage with unit tests by the end of the quarter
  • TaskWrite effective tests for identified sections
  • TaskIdentify sections of code lacking unit tests
  • TaskRegularly run and adjust tests for improvement

Best practices for managing your Developer Quality 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 Developer Quality 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

Most teams should start with a spreadsheet if they're using OKRs for the first time. Then, once you get comfortable you can graduate to a proper OKRs-tracking tool.

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 Developer Quality OKR templates

We have more templates to help you draft your team goals and OKRs.

OKRs resources

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