5 customisable OKR examples for Performance Engineer

What are Performance Engineer 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.

Crafting effective OKRs can be challenging, particularly for beginners. Emphasizing outcomes rather than projects should be the core of your planning.

We have a collection of OKRs examples for Performance Engineer to give you some inspiration. You can use any of the templates below as a starting point for your OKRs.

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

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Our customisable Performance Engineer OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Performance Engineer 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!

1. OKR to enhance performance testing for v2 services

  • ObjectiveEnhance performance testing for v2 services
  • Key ResultImprove system ability to handle peak load by 30%
  • TaskOptimize current system code for better efficiency
  • TaskImplement load balancing techniques across the servers
  • TaskIncrease server capacity to handle increased load
  • Key ResultIdentify and reduce service response time by 20%
  • TaskAnalyze current service response times
  • TaskImplement solutions to enhance service speed by 20%
  • TaskIdentify bottlenecks and inefficiencies in service delivery
  • Key ResultAchieve 100% test coverage for all v2 services
  • TaskImplement and run newly developed tests
  • TaskIdentify and create additional tests needed
  • TaskReview current test coverage for all v2 services

2. OKR to improve system performance with high uptime and reduced latency

  • ObjectiveImprove system performance with high uptime and reduced latency
  • Key ResultImplement system improvements and updates with zero disruption to live services
  • TaskDevelop seamless transition protocols for system updates
  • TaskAllocate resources for system monitoring post-update
  • TaskTest improvements extensively before implementation
  • Key ResultIncrease system uptime to 99.9% across all services
  • TaskImplement regular preventative system maintenance
  • TaskEstablish a rapid-response systems support team
  • TaskEnhance server redundancy and backups measures
  • Key ResultReduce average server latency by 20%
  • TaskUpdate and optimize server software for enhanced speed
  • TaskRemove unnecessary processes to reduce server load
  • TaskImplement a load balancing solution for improved server response

3. OKR to improve engineering performance and reliability

  • ObjectiveBuild a world-class infrastructure
  • Key ResultIncrease Apdex above 0.95
  • TaskCache requests wherever possible
  • TaskIdentify and resolve to 5 application bottlenecks
  • Key ResultReduce build time to be under 5 minutes
  • TaskAudit test suite to reduce duplicates
  • TaskSwitch to a more performing build infrastructure
  • Key ResultOur stress tests show that we can support 10,000 concurrent users

4. OKR to achieve great performance and reliability

  • ObjectiveAchieve amazing performance with a world-class infrastructure
  • Key ResultIncrease Apdex from 0.7 to 0.98
  • TaskAdd a CDN in front of resources
  • TaskImplement caching wherever possible
  • TaskMinify scripts and CSS
  • Key ResultImprove crash free sessions from 75% to 95%
  • Key ResultReduce core pages load time to be under 3s
  • Key ResultReduce the number of paged issues by 40%
  • TaskIdentify and fix top 10 recurring issues

5. OKR to minimize application downtime to improve performance

  • ObjectiveMinimize application downtime to improve performance
  • Key ResultAdvance our response time for outages to within an hour of occurrence
  • TaskTrain staff in rapid response protocols
  • TaskSchedule regular checks of system uptime
  • TaskImplement automated outage detection software
  • Key ResultImplement automatic failover for no more than 5% downtime per incident
  • TaskIdentify and establish appropriate failover configuration needs
  • TaskConduct testing to ensure less than 5% downtime
  • TaskImplement automatic failover system in existing architecture
  • Key ResultConduct bi-weekly maintenance checks to spot potential errors upfront
  • TaskDocument and analyze check results for errors
  • TaskPerform regular system diagnostics every two weeks
  • TaskCreate a bi-weekly maintenance check schedule

Best practices for managing your Performance Engineer 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

The #1 role of OKRs is to help you and your team focus on what really matters. Business-as-usual activities will still be happening, but you do not need to track your entire roadmap in the 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

Don't fall into the set-and-forget trap. It is important to adopt a weekly check-in process to get the full value of your OKRs and make your strategy agile – otherwise this is nothing more than a reporting exercise.

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 Performance Engineer 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

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 Performance Engineer 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.

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