15 customisable OKR examples for Development

What are Development 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 Development 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 Development OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Development 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 employee recruitment, mentorship and development strategies

  • ObjectiveEnhance employee recruitment, mentorship and development strategies
  • Key ResultRecruit and onboard 15 new high-potential employees
  • TaskIdentify talent through LinkedIn and job board searches
  • TaskArrange interviews with selected candidates
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive onboarding plan for new hires
  • Key ResultEstablish mentorship programs impacting 80% of team
  • TaskIdentify potential mentors within the organization
  • TaskDevelop a structured mentorship program outline
  • TaskImplement program and monitor participation rates
  • Key ResultEnsure 70% of employees engage in at least one development program
  • TaskMonitor and announce progress towards target regularly
  • TaskPromote benefits of development programs to all staff
  • TaskOversee individual sign-ups for at least one program

2. OKR to enhance proficiency in requirements assessment for personal development

  • ObjectiveEnhance proficiency in requirements assessment for personal development
  • Key ResultConduct 3 mock requirements assessment drills weekly for increased mastery
  • TaskSchedule three weekly timeslots for mock requirements assessment drills
  • TaskPrepare materials, questions, and answers for the drills
  • TaskPerform the drills, review feedback, implement improvements
  • Key ResultComplete online course on requirements analysis with 90% pass mark
  • TaskRegister for an online course on requirements analysis
  • TaskAchieve at least 90% on all quizzes and final test
  • TaskRegularly study the course materials to understand concepts
  • Key ResultDeliver detailed requirements documentation for 2 hypothetical projects with zero errors
  • TaskDevelop thorough requirements for two hypothetical projects
  • TaskReview documentation to ensure zero errors
  • TaskSubmit finalized requirements documents

3. OKR to become proficient in React.js

  • ObjectiveBecome proficient in React.js
  • Key ResultComplete an online React.js course with a passing grade by end of quarter
  • TaskEnroll in an online React.js course
  • TaskDedicate consistent study hours each week
  • TaskComplete and pass all required assessments
  • Key ResultRead and understand documentation for 5 React.js libraries
  • TaskThoroughly read the documentation for each library
  • TaskSummarize key functions and features of each library
  • TaskSelect 5 React.js libraries for review and understanding
  • Key ResultBuild and deploy a small, functional web app using React.js
  • TaskTest the app locally to ensure full functionality
  • TaskDevelop a small React.js web app following online tutorials or guidelines
  • TaskDeploy the web app on a preferred hosting platform

4. OKR to improve employee development and training programs

  • ObjectiveEnhance employee skillset and productivity
  • Key ResultImplement personalized development plans for each employee
  • Key ResultGenerate a 15% increase in overall productivity after training
  • Key ResultAchieve a 90% employee satisfaction rate for training and development
  • Key ResultIncrease participation rate in training sessions by 20%

5. OKR to boost HR effectiveness in facilitating organization and people growth

  • ObjectiveBoost HR effectiveness in facilitating organization and people growth
  • Key ResultIncrease employee retention rate by 20%
  • TaskEnhance company benefits and compensation packages
  • TaskImplement a comprehensive employee development and training program
  • TaskIncrease regular feedback and recognition sessions
  • Key ResultDecrease average hiring process time by 15%
  • TaskEstablish a structured, efficient onboarding process
  • TaskStreamline interview scheduling with automated tools
  • TaskImplement standardised skill-based assessments
  • Key ResultUpgrade leadership development programs benefiting 30% of employees
  • TaskSource and hire professional development consultants
  • TaskConduct survey to identify areas for leadership program improvement
  • TaskImplement program changes based on consultant feedback

6. OKR to implement operational excellence in product development

  • ObjectiveImplement operational excellence in product development
  • Key ResultTrain 100% of development team on Lean Six Sigma tools by quarter end
  • TaskProvide training material to all team members
  • TaskSchedule Lean Six Sigma training sessions for the team
  • TaskConfirm all team members complete the training
  • Key ResultReduce product development cycle time by 20%
  • TaskProvide employee training on rapid prototyping techniques
  • TaskImplement efficient project management methodologies
  • TaskStreamline approval processes and eliminate unnecessary steps
  • Key ResultIntroduce 3 new metrics to monitor operational efficiency in product development process
  • TaskImplement tracking systems for chosen metrics
  • TaskIdentify potential metrics for tracking operational efficiency
  • TaskTrain team on understanding and utilizing new metrics

7. OKR to enhance Product Development Efficiency through Metrics and Tools

  • ObjectiveEnhance Product Development Efficiency through Metrics and Tools
  • Key ResultDevelop and implement 3 new performance metrics for evaluating product development progress
  • TaskFormulate three new applicable performance metrics
  • TaskIdentify key areas for improvement in product development process
  • TaskImplement metrics into ongoing project evaluation
  • Key ResultProcure and integrate 2 productivity-enhancing tools into the product development process
  • Key ResultIncrease product development speed by 20% using efficiency-focused operational methods
  • TaskStreamline communication processes for faster decision-making
  • TaskProvide efficiency training for product development team
  • TaskImplement agile methodology for quicker development cycles

8. OKR to increase value proposition for a staff training videogame development company

  • ObjectiveIncrease value proposition for a staff training videogame development company
  • Key ResultIncrease revenue from sales of training videogames by 15%
  • TaskEnhance product features and user experience to boost customer satisfaction and loyalty
  • TaskDevelop partnerships with industry influencers or organizations to expand sales reach
  • TaskImprove marketing strategies to create greater awareness and interest in training videogames
  • TaskAnalyze current market trends and identify target audience for training videogames
  • Key ResultIncrease customer satisfaction rating for training videogames by 10%
  • TaskImplement gamification elements to increase engagement and enjoyment
  • TaskConduct regular surveys to gather feedback and address customer concerns efficiently
  • TaskImprove gameplay mechanics based on customer feedback
  • TaskEnhance customer support response time and effectiveness
  • Key ResultDevelop and launch at least 2 new interactive and engaging staff training videogames
  • TaskDesign and develop user-friendly interfaces for seamless gameplay experience
  • TaskTest and debug the games thoroughly to ensure optimal performance and functionality
  • TaskResearch and identify suitable game development platforms and tools
  • TaskCollaborate with subject matter experts to create engaging content for the games
  • Key ResultIncrease client retention rate by 20% through effective value proposition communication
  • TaskConduct a comprehensive market research on clients' needs and preferences
  • TaskImplement regular client feedback surveys to continuously improve value proposition alignment
  • TaskTrain all sales and customer service teams on effective value proposition communication
  • TaskDevelop clear and concise value proposition statements for each target client segment

9. OKR to attain Problem-Solution Fit via Customer Development

  • ObjectiveAttain Problem-Solution Fit via Customer Development
  • Key ResultAcquire feedback from 100 customers on the current product by end of quarter
  • TaskDesign a brief product satisfaction survey
  • TaskDistribute survey to 100 current customers
  • TaskAnalyze and summarize the feedback received
  • Key ResultIncrease customer satisfaction rate by 20% through implemented changes
  • TaskEnhance communication with clients through regular updates
  • TaskOffer personalized solutions based on individual needs
  • TaskImplement customer feedback for service improvements
  • Key ResultIdentify and implement at least 3 viable solutions based on customer feedback
  • TaskDevelop potential solutions based on client feedback
  • TaskReview recent customer feedback for recurring issues or suggestions
  • TaskImplement, monitor, and assess these solutions' effectiveness

10. 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

11. OKR to enhance system analysis capabilities and boost personal development

  • ObjectiveEnhance system analysis capabilities and boost personal development
  • Key ResultComplete two industry-recognized system analyst certifications
  • TaskResearch and select two industry-recognized system analyst certifications
  • TaskComplete coursework and pass certification exams
  • TaskEnroll in required courses or programs for chosen certifications
  • Key ResultMentor two junior system analysts, improving department efficiency by 15%
  • TaskEvaluate junior analysts' current performance and identify areas of improvement
  • TaskTrack and measure efficiency improvements regularly
  • TaskImplement weekly mentoring and training sessions for junior analysts
  • Key ResultImplement three innovative solutions for existing IT system issues
  • TaskResearch innovative solutions resolving identified problems
  • TaskApply the discovered solutions to enhance system operation
  • TaskIdentify three major issues within the current IT system

12. OKR to improve professional development through agreed certifications

  • ObjectiveImprove professional development through agreed certifications
  • Key ResultAttend 3 industry conferences or workshops
  • TaskArrange travel and accommodation if needed
  • TaskRegister and pay for attendance at each event
  • TaskIdentify 3 industry conferences or workshops of interest
  • Key ResultObtain positive feedback from manager on professional growth
  • TaskActively ask for manager's engagement in professional development
  • TaskShowcase work improvement and better decision-making skills
  • TaskConsistently exceed targets and expectations at work
  • Key ResultComplete 2 relevant certifications by end of period
  • TaskComplete course materials and pass exams
  • TaskResearch suitable certifications related to your career goals
  • TaskEnroll in chosen certification programs

13. OKR to enhance SaaS product development in our Tribe team

  • ObjectiveEnhance SaaS product development in our Tribe team
  • Key ResultReduce client-reported bugs by 15%
  • TaskIncrease staff training on bug prevention and detection
  • TaskReview current client bug reporting system for improvements
  • TaskImprove software testing methods before releasing
  • Key ResultIncrease new feature releases by 20%
  • TaskPrioritize features based on user demand and feasibility
  • TaskImplement more efficient project management strategies
  • TaskBoost development team's productivity through trainings
  • Key ResultImprove customer retention rate by 10%
  • TaskEnhance customer service training for staff
  • TaskImprove response times to customer inquiries
  • TaskImplement a loyalty program rewarding regular customers

14. OKR to improve mobile app reusability throughout the organization

  • ObjectiveImprove mobile app reusability throughout the organization
  • Key ResultConduct training for 100% of developers on efficient app component reusability practices
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive reusability practices training program
  • TaskMonitor and evaluate the training's effectiveness
  • TaskSchedule training sessions for all developers
  • Key ResultReduce app feature duplication by 80% through consolidation efforts
  • TaskImplement the consolidation plan in the app
  • TaskCreate a concise plan for feature consolidation
  • TaskIdentify features with duplication in the app
  • Key ResultImplement shared framework to universalize 75% of mobile app functionalities
  • TaskIntegrate framework into 75% of mobile apps
  • TaskDevelop a shared framework integrating these commonalities
  • TaskIdentify common functionalities across existing mobile apps

15. OKR to achieve proficiency in full-stack development with nestjs, React, and dynamodb

  • ObjectiveAchieve proficiency in full-stack development with nestjs, React, and dynamodb
  • Key ResultComplete a comprehensive course on nestjs with a test score of 85% or above
  • TaskIdentify and enroll in a comprehensive NestJS course
  • TaskComplete all course modules and perform regular revisions
  • TaskPractice and prepare thoroughly for the test
  • Key ResultDevelop a complex application module using React ensuring no major bugs
  • TaskDesign a detailed plan for the React application module
  • TaskPerform rigorous testing and debugging
  • TaskDevelop the module thoroughly following outlined plan
  • Key ResultSuccessfully implement 2 relevant dynamodb projects with optimal performance and efficiency
  • TaskDefine project goals, scope and criteria for optimized DynamoDB usage
  • TaskDesign, develop and debug the DynamoDB projects
  • TaskTest, optimize, and launch the projects

Best practices for managing your Development 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 Development 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. 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 Development 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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