3 OKR examples for Lean

What are Lean 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 Lean 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 more about the OKR meaning online.

Best practices for managing your Lean 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

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 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 Lean 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 Lean OKRs

The rules of OKRs are simple. Quarterly OKRs should be tracked weekly, and yearly OKRs should be tracked monthly. 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.

Lean OKRs templates

We've covered most of the things that you need to know about setting good OKRs and tracking them effectively. It's now time to give you a series of templates that you can use for inspiration!

You'll find below a list of Objectives and Key Results templates for Lean. 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!

OKRs to enhance maturity and adoption of lean/scaled Agile delivery practices

  • ObjectiveEnhance maturity and adoption of lean/scaled Agile delivery practices
  • Key ResultConfirm 85% staff satisfaction with the transition to Agile practices via survey
  • TaskAnalyze the received feedback for satisfaction rate
  • TaskDevelop a clear and concise survey measuring Agile practice satisfaction
  • TaskDistribute the survey to all staff members
  • Key ResultAchieve 25% productivity increase through lean/Agile methodologies implementation
  • TaskIdentify areas for process optimization using lean/Agile methodologies
  • TaskMonitor and adjust strategies for continuous productivity improvement
  • TaskImplement selected lean/Agile practices in those identified areas
  • Key ResultImplement lean/scaled Agile training for 90% of delivery team members
  • TaskTrack team members’ progress post-training
  • TaskSchedule training for 90% of the team members
  • TaskIdentify appropriate Agile training program for delivery team

OKRs to transform company with lean and agile focus

  • ObjectiveTransform company with lean and agile focus
  • Key ResultIncrease customer satisfaction by delivering products and services faster through agile development
  • TaskConduct regular customer satisfaction surveys to collect feedback and identify areas for improvement
  • TaskSet achievable and aggressive timelines for each project to ensure faster product and service delivery
  • TaskImplement agile development process to streamline product and service delivery workflows
  • TaskInvest in employee training and development to enhance skills and productivity in agile development
  • Key ResultIncrease employee engagement by implementing lean and agile practices for better collaboration
  • TaskEstablish cross-functional teams to encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing among employees
  • TaskConduct training sessions on lean and agile practices for all employees
  • TaskImplement regular feedback loops and communication channels to foster open dialogues between employees and management
  • TaskRecognize and reward employees who actively participate in lean and agile practices
  • Key ResultReduce operational waste by implementing lean principles and achieving measurable efficiency improvements
  • TaskMonitor progress regularly through key performance indicators and adjust strategies as needed
  • TaskConduct a waste assessment to identify areas with potential for improvement
  • TaskStreamline processes by eliminating non-value added activities and optimizing workflows
  • TaskDevelop a lean implementation plan with clear goals, roles, and responsibilities
  • Key ResultImprove team performance by conducting regular agile training and implementing continuous improvement practices
  • TaskDevelop and implement strategies for continuous improvement based on analysis results
  • TaskImplement a system for gathering feedback and suggestions from team members
  • TaskAnalyze team performance data and identify areas for improvement
  • TaskSchedule regular agile training sessions for the team

OKRs to enhance continuous improvement processes

  • ObjectiveEnhance continuous improvement processes
  • Key ResultImplement 3 new process improvements based on feedback and data analysis
  • TaskIdentify key problems from the feedback and data analysis
  • TaskImplement and monitor the new processes
  • TaskDevelop three process improvement strategies
  • Key ResultTrain all team members on Lean principles to promote a culture of improvement
  • TaskDistribute Lean principles educational materials to team members
  • TaskMonitor and assess team members' understanding of Lean principles
  • TaskOrganize Lean principles training sessions for the team
  • Key ResultIncrease feedback collection by 20% through surveys and feedback loops
  • TaskImplement feedback loops on all digital platforms
  • TaskDevelop and distribute engaging customer satisfaction surveys
  • TaskPromote survey participation through incentives

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OKRs resources

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