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8 OKR examples for Engineering Manager

What are Engineering Manager 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.

OKRs are quickly gaining popularity as a goal-setting framework. But, it's not always easy to know how to write your goals, especially if it's your first time using OKRs.

To aid you in setting your goals, we have compiled a collection of OKR examples customized for Engineering Manager. Take a look at the templates below for inspiration and guidance.

If you want to learn more about the framework, you can read our OKR guide online.

Our Engineering Manager OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Engineering Manager 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!

OKRs to allocate resources to refactor high-priority tech debt

  • ObjectiveReduce technical debt by allocating resources effectively
  • Key ResultImplement best practices to avoid future high-priority tech debt accumulation
  • Key ResultAchieve a reduction in high-priority tech debt items by 25%
  • Key ResultEstablish a clear plan for refactoring high-priority tech debt items
  • Key ResultPrioritize high-priority tech debt items for resource allocation

OKRs to reduce critical tech debt by 50% in six months

  • ObjectiveMinimize tech debt
  • Key ResultDevelop a plan of action to address targeted tech debt items
  • Key ResultPrioritize critical tech debt items
  • Key ResultConduct a thorough tech debt analysis
  • Key ResultImplement new development standards to prevent tech debt accumulation

OKRs to enhance workflow efficiency and productivity

  • ObjectiveEnhance workflow efficiency and productivity
  • Key ResultImplement at least 3 significant improvements identified from the workflow analysis
  • TaskDevelop strategies to implement these improvements efficiently
  • TaskEvaluate success of implemented improvements periodically
  • TaskPrioritize the 3 top improvements identified from workflow analysis
  • Key ResultReduce workflow steps or stages by 10% to streamline operations
  • TaskImplement new workflow and analyze for efficiency improvement
  • TaskReview and analyze current processes for unnecessary stages
  • TaskDevelop a revised workflow eliminating redundant steps
  • Key ResultIncrease process efficiency by 20% through process re-engineering
  • TaskIdentify bottlenecks in the current process
  • TaskTrain staff on newly engineered process
  • TaskDevelop a streamlined process blueprint

OKRs to achieve optimal efficiency in engineering operations

  • ObjectiveAchieve optimal efficiency in engineering operations
  • Key ResultLower engineering error rates by 10% through enhanced quality control measures
  • TaskRegularly monitor and review error reports
  • TaskConduct regular training for quality control measures
  • TaskImplement rigorous testing protocols for every engineering process
  • Key ResultReduce operation downtime by 20% through improved preventative maintenance procedures
  • TaskImplement strict equipment servicing and inspection schedules
  • TaskDevelop detailed preventative maintenance protocols
  • TaskTrain personnel in efficient troubleshooting techniques
  • Key ResultIncrease operational efficiency by 15% via process improvement initiatives
  • TaskImplement new strategies to streamline processes
  • TaskRegularly assess and adjust improvements for optimal efficiency
  • TaskIdentify inefficiencies in current operational procedures

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 system availability to achieve 999% uptime

  • ObjectiveIncrease system uptime
  • Key ResultImprove system redundancy and failover capabilities
  • TaskUse load balancing to distribute traffic across multiple servers
  • TaskCreate backup systems in different geographic locations
  • TaskRegularly test failover and recovery processes
  • TaskImplement automated failover mechanisms
  • Key ResultImplement proactive system monitoring
  • TaskRegularly review system metrics and identify areas for improvement
  • TaskDefine and create alerts for critical system events
  • TaskDevelop a process for reviewing and responding to alerts
  • TaskSet up monitoring tools for infrastructure
  • Key ResultIncrease system performance by 25%
  • TaskUpgrade hardware and software components as per audit recommendations
  • TaskConduct a system audit to identify bottlenecks and inefficient processes
  • TaskOptimize system settings and configurations to reduce resource consumption
  • TaskImplement a system monitoring and alert system to minimize downtime
  • Key ResultDecrease unplanned downtime by 50%
  • TaskConduct regular equipment inspections
  • TaskIncrease spare parts inventory
  • TaskImprove operator training on equipment maintenance
  • TaskImplement predictive maintenance program

OKRs to improve satisfaction and find improvements for engineering stakeholders

  • ObjectiveImprove satisfaction and find improvements for engineering stakeholders
  • Key ResultIdentify and initiate 3 actionable improvement opportunities from stakeholder feedback
  • TaskAnalyze feedback for actionable improvement opportunities
  • TaskFormulate 3 improvement initiatives and implement plans
  • TaskGather and categorize feedback from all stakeholders
  • Key ResultIncrease stakeholder satisfaction rate by 25% as measured by quarterly surveys
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive customer feedback system
  • TaskImplement regular training sessions for customer service
  • TaskEnhance communication between teams and stakeholders
  • Key ResultReduce issue resolution time by 20% to boost stakeholder content
  • TaskInvest in regular team training to improve technical skills
  • TaskEnhance team communication for quick problem identification and resolution
  • TaskImplement efficient project management tools for faster issue tracking

OKRs to improve software engineering skills through effective time management

  • ObjectiveImprove software engineering skills through effective time management
  • Key ResultIncrease the number of completed coding tasks by 20% each week
  • TaskIdentify and address any obstacles or challenges that may hinder coding task completion
  • TaskEnhance collaboration and communication among team members for efficient task completion
  • TaskProvide regular feedback and support to assist in completing coding tasks
  • TaskSet clear and achievable coding task goals for each team member
  • Key ResultImprove adherence to project deadlines by delivering work on time in 90% of cases
  • TaskImplement effective communication strategies to address obstacles and ensure timely completion
  • TaskSet clear and realistic deadlines for each project task
  • TaskPrioritize tasks and create a detailed schedule to ensure timely delivery
  • TaskRegularly track progress and provide updates to stakeholders to maintain accountability
  • Key ResultReduce time spent on non-essential activities by 15% during work hours
  • TaskSet specific time limits for non-essential tasks to ensure efficient completion
  • TaskPrioritize and eliminate non-essential activities based on their impact and importance
  • TaskIdentify non-essential activities taking up significant time during work hours
  • TaskRegularly assess and adjust the allocation of time to non-essential activities as needed
  • Key ResultAttend and actively participate in at least 2 time management workshops or webinars
  • TaskResearch and identify 2 time management workshops or webinars
  • TaskApply the learned time management techniques in daily activities for improved efficiency
  • TaskTake thorough notes during the workshops or webinars for future reference
  • TaskRegister for the selected workshops or webinars to secure a spot

Best practices for managing your Engineering Manager 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

Having too many OKRs is the #1 mistake that teams make when adopting the framework. The problem with tracking too many competing goals is that it will be hard for your team to know what really matters.

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

Setting good goals can be challenging, but without regular check-ins, your team will struggle to make progress. We recommend that you track your OKRs weekly to get the full benefits from the framework.

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 below). 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.

Building your own Engineering Manager OKRs with AI

While we have some examples below, it's likely that you'll have specific scenarios that aren't covered here. There are 2 options available to you.

Best way to track your Engineering Manager 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

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

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 Engineering Manager 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.