15 OKR examples for Developers

What are Developers 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 Developers 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 Developers OKRs examples

You will find in the next section many different Developers 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!

OKRs to enhance backend tech knowledge of two front-end developers

  • ObjectiveEnhance backend tech knowledge of two front-end developers
  • Key ResultConduct 4 comprehensive interactive workshops on different backend technologies
  • TaskCreate marketing campaign to promote workshops
  • TaskSchedule and organize the workshop logistics
  • TaskIdentify topics and experts for each backend technology workshop
  • Key ResultEnsure regular practical assignments for hands-on experience with feedback
  • TaskDevelop a schedule for regular practical assignments
  • TaskMonitor and adjust assignments based on feedback
  • TaskImplement a system for providing constructive feedback
  • Key ResultAchieve 80% improvement in their backend coding skills through weekly testing
  • TaskTake weekly tests to assess improvement
  • TaskDedicate five hours weekly for coding practice
  • TaskEnroll in a reputed online backend coding course

OKRs to eliminate high-risk tech debt over the next year

  • ObjectiveReduce high-risk tech debt to improve system stability
  • Key ResultConduct a thorough analysis to measure the impact of eliminating each high-risk tech debt item
  • Key ResultOutline and prioritize initiatives to eliminate each high-risk tech debt item
  • Key ResultComplete the elimination of at least 50% of high-risk tech debt items
  • Key ResultIdentify top 10 high-risk tech debt items

OKRs to improve engineering performance and reliability

  • ObjectiveBuild a world-class infrastructure
  • Key ResultIncrease Apdex above 0.95
  • TaskCache requests wherever possible
  • TaskIdentify and resolve to 5 application bottlenecks
  • Key ResultReduce build time to be under 5 minutes
  • TaskAudit test suite to reduce duplicates
  • TaskSwitch to a more performing build infrastructure
  • Key ResultOur stress tests show that we can support 10,000 concurrent users

OKRs to attain great security standards

  • ObjectiveAttain great security standards
  • Key ResultAll developers score 90+ in our security awareness training
  • Key Result100% of devices are enrolled in a Mobile Device Management system
  • Key Result100% of our services have a threat mitigation system in place
  • Key ResultOur policies cover 100% of the ISO 27001 requirements

OKRs 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

OKRs to reduce app loading time by 20%

  • ObjectiveImprove app loading time
  • Key ResultIdentify key performance bottlenecks
  • Key ResultConduct app performance analysis
  • Key ResultImplement code optimization techniques
  • Key ResultTest app performance after optimizations

OKRs to develop and launch a new API for the CAD company

  • ObjectiveDevelop and launch a new API for the CAD company
  • Key ResultReceive positive feedback and testimonials from beta testers and early adopters
  • TaskShare positive feedback and testimonials on social media platforms and company website
  • TaskOffer incentives, such as discounts or freebies, to encourage beta testers and early adopters to provide feedback and testimonials
  • TaskCreate a feedback form to collect positive experiences and testimonials from users
  • TaskSend personalized email to beta testers and early adopters requesting feedback and testimonials
  • Key ResultComplete the API design and documentation, incorporating all required functionalities
  • Key ResultSuccessfully implement API integration with multiple CAD software applications
  • TaskProvide training and support to users for effectively utilizing the integrated APIs
  • TaskTest the API integration with each CAD software application to ensure seamless functionality
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive documentation for the API integration process with each CAD software application
  • TaskIdentify and research the CAD software applications that require API integration
  • Key ResultAchieve a minimum of 95% API uptime during the testing and deployment phase

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 establish a go-to platform for leadership and niche hiring

  • ObjectiveEstablish a go-to platform for leadership and niche hiring
  • Key ResultAttract and onboard 1000 unique leadership profiles to the platform
  • TaskImplement referral incentives for current users
  • TaskDevelop marketing campaigns targeting potential leadership profile candidates
  • TaskCraft an engaging, user-friendly onboarding process
  • Key ResultSecure partnerships with 50 leading companies in relevant industries
  • TaskReach out and negotiate partnerships with targeted companies
  • TaskDevelop proposals outlining mutual benefits for potential partners
  • TaskResearch and identify 50 prospective industry leaders for partnerships
  • Key ResultAchieve a 20% conversion rate in hiring through the platform
  • TaskEnhance job description clarity to attract right candidates
  • TaskImplement comprehensive onboarding to increase acceptance rate
  • TaskImprove screening processes for more qualified candidate selection

OKRs to tackle technical debt

  • ObjectiveTackle technical debt generated by feature rush
  • Key ResultMigrate 80% of projects to new UI library to reduce UI debt
  • Key ResultReduce percentage of issues tagged as debt by 30%
  • Key ResultReduce debt-related contact rate by 50%

OKRs to successfully launch the tech startup

  • ObjectiveSuccessfully launch the tech startup
  • Key ResultSecure funding from at least three investors by increasing company visibility
  • TaskEnhance online presence through social media and optimized website
  • TaskParticipate in industry networking events
  • TaskDevelop a compelling investor presentation
  • Key ResultDevelop, test and launch the MVP (minimum viable product) targeting user validation
  • TaskDesign and develop the minimum viable product
  • TaskCarry out rigorous testing and fixing of the MVP
  • TaskLaunch MVP and collect user validation data
  • Key ResultHire and onboard five skilled developers to establish the product team
  • TaskCreate a detailed job description for developer positions
  • TaskPromote vacancies on targeted recruitment platforms
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive onboarding program

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 engineering release cycles

  • ObjectiveSignificantly increase the speed of our development cycle
  • Key ResultImprove developer NPS from 20 to 60
  • Key ResultReduce build times from 25 to under 5 mins
  • Key ResultReduce cycle time from 28 days to 6 days
  • TaskImplement CD pipeline for the staging environment
  • TaskAutomate all deployment steps

OKRs to migrate to a new technology

  • ObjectiveOur JS codebase has migrated to TypeScript
  • Key ResultReduce the use of "any" type by 30%
  • Key Result75% of our JS repositories are now using TypeScript
  • Key Result80% of frontend developers have gone through TypeScript training

OKRs to improve content conversion rates through A/B testing

  • ObjectiveIncrease content conversion rates through A/B testing
  • Key ResultReduce bounce rate by 10% on tested content
  • Key ResultRun 10 A/B tests on website content
  • Key ResultAchieve a 15% increase in conversion rate
  • Key ResultImplement winning variations on all website content

Best practices for managing your Developers 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 Developers OKRs

Quarterly OKRs should have weekly updates to get all the benefits from the 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 Developers 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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