2 OKR examples for Operational Tools

What are Operational Tools 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.

We've tailored a list of OKRs examples for Operational Tools 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 Operational Tools 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 Operational Tools 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 Operational Tools 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.

Operational Tools 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!

We've added many examples of Operational Tools 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 increase automation and drive continuous improvement

  • ObjectiveIncrease automation and drive continuous improvement
  • Key ResultConduct bi-weekly team meetings to identify and implement improvement opportunities
  • TaskImplement the identified improvement opportunities
  • TaskSchedule bi-weekly team meetings
  • TaskIdentify improvement opportunities during meetings
  • Key ResultImplement automation tools for at least 3 manual processes in the department
  • TaskResearch and select appropriate automation tools
  • TaskIdentify 3 manual processes suitable for automation
  • TaskImplement and test selected automation tools
  • Key ResultReduce average response time by 20% through process improvements
  • TaskRegularly monitor and analyze response time data
  • TaskStreamline the response process via automation
  • TaskImplement efficiency training for the customer service team

OKRs to streamline staff operations with requisite tools and support

  • ObjectiveStreamline staff operations with requisite tools and support
  • Key ResultReduce process-related queries by 40% through enhanced support mechanisms
  • TaskTrain support staff to answer potential process-related queries
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive user manuals for all recurring processes
  • TaskImplement intuitive software to simplify operational procedures
  • Key ResultShorten average process completion time by 30% via improved workflows
  • TaskAnalyze current workflows to identify inefficiencies
  • TaskTrain staff on new, more efficient workflows
  • TaskImplement changes to streamline and optimize processes
  • Key ResultIncrease team productivity by 25% by implementing appropriate tech tools
  • TaskRegularly assess and improve tech-tool effectiveness
  • TaskProvide tech tool training for employees
  • TaskResearch and invest in productivity-enhancing software

More Operational Tools 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.