4 customisable OKR examples for Patch Management

What are Patch Management 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.

To aid you in setting your goals, we have compiled a collection of OKR examples customized for Patch Management. 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.

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Our customisable Patch Management OKRs examples

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

1OKRs to streamline and improve existing patch management system

  • ObjectiveStreamline and improve existing patch management system
  • Key ResultAutomate 70% of patch deployments by integrating configuration software
  • TaskInitiate software integration with existing systems
  • TaskTest and tweak process until 70% automation is achieved
  • TaskIdentify suitable configuration software for patch deployment automation
  • Key ResultDevelop a patch assessment process to identify vulnerabilities in 100% of systems
  • TaskCatalog all systems requiring patch assessment
  • TaskDevelop a procedure to apply patches regularly
  • TaskImplement a vulnerability detection tool
  • Key ResultReduce patch-related system downtime by 60% with thorough testing procedures
  • TaskRegularly update patch management protocol documentation
  • TaskImplement comprehensive pre-deployment patch testing procedures
  • TaskConduct frequent system performance evaluations

2OKRs to enhance visibility over cloud and on-prem patchmanagement and configurations

  • ObjectiveEnhance visibility over cloud and on-prem patchmanagement and configurations
  • Key ResultComplete training for IT team on latest best practices regarding configurations and patch management
  • TaskIdentify relevant training programs on configurations and patch management
  • TaskEnroll IT team members in selected training courses
  • TaskMonitor team's progression and verify training completion
  • Key ResultImplement a centralized system to track and report all cloud resource configurations
  • TaskTrain staff to report configurations
  • TaskDeploy the system across all cloud resources
  • TaskIdentify necessary components for the centralized tracking system
  • Key ResultEstablish a schedule and process for regular patch updates and audits
  • TaskIdentify software and systems that require regular patching
  • TaskDetermine frequency for updates and audits
  • TaskCreate SOP for patch management process

3OKRs 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

4OKRs to maintain up-to-date security patches on our infrastructure

  • ObjectiveMaintain up-to-date security patches on our infrastructure
  • Key ResultAssess and catalog current state of security patches within two weeks
  • TaskCreate a comprehensive catalog of findings
  • TaskIdentify all systems and software requiring security updates
  • TaskVerify and document the existing security patches
  • Key ResultImplement 100% of identified necessary security updates by quarter's end
  • TaskDevelop and execute a schedule for updates
  • TaskComplete and verify each security update
  • TaskIdentify all required security updates
  • Key ResultDevelop and initiate routine weekly checks to confirm security patch updates
  • TaskEstablish routine checks for these updates
  • TaskIdentify necessary security patches weekly
  • TaskImplement and confirm successful patch updates

Patch Management OKR best practices to boost success

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 weekly OKR 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.

How to turn your Patch Management OKRs in a strategy map

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

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 Patch Management OKR templates

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

OKRs resources

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