10 customisable OKR examples for It Systems

What are It Systems 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.

Formulating strong OKRs can be a complex endeavor, particularly for first-timers. Prioritizing outcomes over projects is crucial when developing your plans.

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

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

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Our customisable It Systems OKRs examples

You'll find below a list of Objectives and Key Results templates for It Systems. We also included strategic projects for each template to make it easier to understand the difference between key results and projects.

Hope you'll find this helpful!

1. OKR to implement up-to-date IT systems

  • ObjectiveImplement up-to-date IT systems
  • Key ResultTrain all IT staff on new systems, achieving 90% proficiency rating
  • TaskSchedule regular training sessions for IT staff
  • TaskConduct proficiency assessments post-training
  • TaskIdentify necessary training programs for new systems
  • Key ResultIdentify and acquire latest IT systems by assessing 5 different vendors
  • TaskIdentify five vendors offering the latest IT systems
  • TaskEvaluate each vendor based on system capabilities and support
  • TaskFinalize and acquire the most suitable IT system
  • Key ResultLaunch and integrate new IT systems with 0% downtime
  • TaskStreamline integration tasks to minimize potential interruptions
  • TaskImplement a phased rollout approach for new systems deployment
  • TaskSet up a parallel operational environment for new systems testing

2. OKR to successfully migrate to GitLab

  • ObjectiveSuccessfully migrate to GitLab
  • Key ResultComplete migration plan and timeline, including a step-by-step guide for all teams
  • TaskDevelop a detailed timeline with specific milestones and accountable team members
  • TaskCreate a comprehensive step-by-step guide outlining the migration process for all involved teams
  • TaskConduct a thorough analysis and assessment of all existing systems and data
  • TaskCollaborate with relevant teams to identify potential roadblocks and ensure seamless transition
  • Key ResultMigrate 100% of the code repositories and branches from the current system to GitLab
  • Key ResultEnsure all team members are trained and proficient in using GitLab for version control
  • TaskAssign mentors to assist team members in mastering GitLab version control
  • TaskRegularly assess and evaluate team members' proficiency in GitLab usage
  • TaskConduct comprehensive GitLab training for all team members
  • TaskProvide ongoing support and resources to enhance proficiency in GitLab
  • Key ResultAchieve 100% uptime and stability on GitLab platform throughout the migration process
  • TaskCollaborate with the migration team to establish effective communication channels and address concerns promptly
  • TaskConduct thorough testing of the GitLab platform for any potential issues or vulnerabilities
  • TaskPerform regular backups and monitor system logs to proactively identify and address any disruptions
  • TaskImplement redundant systems and failover mechanisms to ensure continuous availability

3. OKR to optimize ManageEngine for efficient patching and software deployment

  • ObjectiveOptimize ManageEngine for efficient patching and software deployment
  • Key ResultIncrease software deployment success rate on ManageEngine by 30%
  • TaskImplement comprehensive pre-deployment testing procedures
  • TaskConduct regular team training on deployment best practices
  • TaskEnhance error handling and recovery mechanisms
  • Key ResultDecrease patch implementation errors on ManageEngine by 25%
  • TaskImplement comprehensive patch testing before deployment
  • TaskEnhance staff training regarding ManageEngine
  • TaskReview and refine existing patch management processes
  • Key ResultImprove ManageEngine's deployment time by reducing it by 20%
  • TaskImplement automated deployment tools to streamline the process
  • TaskOptimize current scripts for quicker software deployment
  • TaskContinually monitor and fine-tune deployment mechanisms

4. OKR to improve Access control, management, and automation efforts

  • ObjectiveImprove Access control, management, and automation efforts
  • Key ResultDecrease access control approval cycle time by 15% with efficient automation application
  • TaskMeasure and adjust automation efficiency to hit the 15% reduction target
  • TaskIdentify bottlenecks in the current access control approval process
  • TaskImplement an automation software to streamline approval tasks
  • Key ResultImplement automation in 2 new critical systems, preparing for 1 click deployment
  • TaskTest one-click deployment and resolve issues
  • TaskDevelop automation scripts for the identified systems
  • TaskIdentify two critical systems suitable for automation
  • Key ResultReduce manual intervention in access management processes by 20% using automation
  • TaskMonitor system regularly to ensure automated processes are working efficiently
  • TaskTrain staff on utilizing automation features for access management
  • TaskImplement automated access management software in the system

5. OKR to successful Exchange and Migration of Server Systems

  • ObjectiveSuccessful Exchange and Migration of Server Systems
  • Key ResultConduct a thorough inventory and categorize all existing servers by end of Week 1
  • TaskComplete inventory by end of Week 1
  • TaskCompile a comprehensive list of all existing servers
  • TaskCategorize servers based on their function
  • Key ResultMigrate 50% of identified servers without causing any system downtime by Week 6
  • TaskExecute migration plan during off-peak hours to avoid downtime
  • TaskIdentify non-essential servers for initial migration to minimize potential impact
  • TaskDevelop and test migration strategy for selected servers
  • Key ResultComplete the migration and ensure all systems are fully functional and optimized by Week 12
  • TaskConduct thorough testing on all systems
  • TaskOptimize system functionality by Week 12
  • TaskFinish the migration process by Week 12

6. OKR to successfully migrate admin application to existing platform

  • ObjectiveSuccessfully migrate admin application to existing platform
  • Key ResultTrain all users on the new platform to ensure smooth transition
  • TaskMonitor user experience for further improvements
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive training materials on the new platform
  • TaskOrganize training sessions for all users
  • Key ResultComplete data migration without any loss or errors
  • TaskPerform a full backup of all existing data
  • TaskVerify and validate migrated data
  • TaskUse reliable software to conduct data migration
  • Key ResultUpdate all functionalities to align with existing platform requirements
  • TaskIdentify and note necessary updates for functionalities
  • TaskReview current platform requirements thoroughly
  • TaskImplement and test functionality updates

7. OKR to decommission all identified systems by 2024

  • ObjectiveDecommission all identified systems by 2024
  • Key ResultConduct final review to ensure all decommissioned systems are properly shut down
  • TaskDocument final review findings
  • TaskConfirm cessation of systems via verification protocols
  • TaskIdentify all systems slated for decommission
  • Key ResultSuccessfully decommission 50% of identified systems by end of quarter
  • TaskExecute decommissioning safely and efficiently
  • TaskIdentify essential vs. non-essential systems for business operations
  • TaskDevelop a detailed decommissioning plan and schedule
  • Key ResultComplete inventory of all systems slated for decommission by end of quarter
  • TaskFinalize and document inventory report
  • TaskConduct thorough inventory of these systems
  • TaskIdentify all systems scheduled for decommissioning

8. OKR to improve organization's DevOps practices and monitoring systems

  • ObjectiveImprove organization's DevOps practices and monitoring systems
  • Key ResultImplement real-time monitoring for critical systems
  • TaskSet up necessary hardware and infrastructure for real-time monitoring
  • TaskResearch and select a real-time monitoring software solution
  • TaskCreate a checklist of critical systems to be monitored in real-time
  • TaskTrain staff on using the real-time monitoring system and troubleshooting potential issues
  • Key ResultAchieve 99% uptime for all production services
  • TaskImplement automated monitoring systems to detect and resolve service interruptions promptly
  • TaskCreate redundancy in server infrastructure to prevent single points of failure
  • TaskEstablish a robust backup and disaster recovery plan for all production services
  • TaskRegularly schedule and perform maintenance tasks to optimize system performance and stability
  • Key ResultReduce mean time to resolution (MTTR) for incidents by 20%
  • Key ResultIncrease adoption of DevOps practices across all teams
  • TaskImplement automated CI/CD pipelines for faster software delivery
  • TaskEncourage cross-functional collaboration and knowledge sharing between teams
  • TaskRegularly review and optimize existing processes to ensure continuous improvement
  • TaskProvide comprehensive DevOps training for all teams

9. OKR to implement integrated technological solutions for physical security systems

  • ObjectiveImplement integrated technological solutions for physical security systems
  • Key ResultIdentify and evaluate three top-tier tech-based physical security systems by end of month one
  • TaskAnalyze efficacy and functionalities of selected systems
  • TaskResearch top-tier tech-based physical security systems
  • TaskPrepare comprehensive evaluation report on each system
  • Key ResultSuccessfully install and test integration of selected system in a live environment
  • TaskInstall and configure the selected system in a live environment
  • TaskConduct thorough testing to ensure successful integration and functionality
  • TaskChoose appropriate system for integration based on business requirements
  • Key ResultAchieve 99% functional reliability of the integrated system throughout period and improve by 5%
  • TaskIntroduce software updates to rectify identified bugs
  • TaskImplement regular maintenance and quality checks for the system
  • TaskConduct rigorous system performance evaluations frequently

10. OKR to increase effectiveness of fraud detection systems

  • ObjectiveIncrease effectiveness of fraud detection systems
  • Key ResultTrain staff on improved systems to ensure 100% compliance within the quarter
  • TaskSchedule comprehensive training sessions on improved systems
  • TaskOrganize evaluation to confirm complete compliance
  • TaskMonitor staff progress and address any issues
  • Key ResultReduce false positives rate by 10%
  • TaskImplement machine learning algorithms to improve detection accuracy
  • TaskRegularly review and adjust error thresholds
  • TaskRefine selection criteria and verification policies
  • Key ResultIncrease detection algorithm accuracy by at least 15%
  • TaskRevise existing detection algorithm for improved accuracy
  • TaskImplement more rigorous algorithm testing methods
  • TaskGather comprehensive dataset for better training

Best practices for managing your It Systems 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 πŸ‘‡

Tip #1: Limit the number of key results

Focus can only be achieve by limiting the number of competing priorities. It is crucial that you take the time to identify where you need to move the needle, and avoid adding business-as-usual activities to your 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

Having good goals is only half the effort. You'll get significant more value from your OKRs if you commit to a weekly check-in process.

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 It Systems 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

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 It Systems OKR templates

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

OKRs resources

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