3 customisable OKR examples for Practical Application

What are Practical Application 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.

Creating impactful OKRs can be a daunting task, especially for newcomers. Shifting your focus from projects to outcomes is key to successful planning.

We've tailored a list of OKRs examples for Practical Application 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 Practical Application OKRs examples

You will find in the next section many different Practical Application Objectives and Key Results. We've included strategic initiatives in our templates to give you a better idea of the different between the key results (how we measure progress), and the initiatives (what we do to achieve the results).

Hope you'll find this helpful!

1OKRs to enhance leadership skills through online learning and practical application

  • ObjectiveEnhance leadership skills through online learning and practical application
  • Key ResultGather feedback on leadership improvements, aiming for a 20% increase in positive responses
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive leadership evaluation survey
  • TaskDistribute survey to all team members
  • TaskAnalyze survey results for improvement opportunities
  • Key ResultImplement learned strategies in weekly team meetings, improving team cohesion by 30%
  • TaskEncourage team discussions around these strategies
  • TaskMeasure improvement in team cohesion weekly
  • TaskReview learned strategies before every team meeting
  • Key ResultComplete a certified online leadership course by achieving 90% or above
  • TaskResearch and select a certified online leadership course
  • TaskComplete all assignments to a high standard, aiming for 90% or above
  • TaskConsistently study and engage in course materials

2OKRs to enhance tech lead abilities by utilizing online learning and practical application

  • ObjectiveEnhance tech lead abilities by utilizing online learning and practical application
  • Key ResultImplement learned techniques in five real-life projects, increasing efficiency by 20%
  • TaskIdentify five real-life projects that need improvement
  • TaskMonitor and measure efficiency increase by 20%
  • TaskApply learned techniques to these chosen projects
  • Key ResultComplete six pieces of an online leadership in tech course
  • TaskDiligently study the course material
  • TaskRegister for the online leadership in tech course
  • TaskFinish all six components of the course
  • Key ResultObtain a 90% or higher score in all applied tech leadership quizzes and exams
  • TaskSchedule daily study hours dedicated to applied tech leadership
  • TaskJoin study groups for comprehensive review discussions
  • TaskRegularly practice with past quizzes and exams

3OKRs to acquire advanced Data Science skills

  • ObjectiveAcquire advanced Data Science skills
  • Key ResultObtain certification in Python and R programming from any reputed certification body
  • TaskStudy thoroughly and pass certification exams
  • TaskEnroll in selected certification courses
  • TaskResearch reputable bodies offering Python and R certifications
  • Key ResultImplement three Data Science projects using different datasets and algorithms
  • Key ResultComplete five online Data Science courses with at least 85% score
  • TaskDedicate daily study time to complete coursework
  • TaskAim for a minimum 85% score on all assignments
  • TaskChoose five online Data Science courses

Practical Application 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

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 weekly OKR 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.

How to turn your Practical Application OKRs in a strategy map

Quarterly OKRs should have weekly updates to get all the 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

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 Practical Application 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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