5 customisable OKR examples for Problem Solving

What are Problem Solving 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 Problem Solving 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 Problem Solving OKRs examples

You will find in the next section many different Problem Solving 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!

1. OKR to enhance analytical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • ObjectiveEnhance analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Key ResultImplement creative solutions to 3 ongoing business challenges
  • TaskImplement and monitor the effectiveness of these solutions
  • TaskResearch and develop innovative strategies to address these challenges
  • TaskIdentify 3 key challenges affecting business productivity or growth
  • Key ResultSolve 5 complex analytical problems per week without assistance
  • TaskAllocate dedicated time daily for problem-solving
  • TaskDetermine and understand problem scope and requirements
  • TaskConstantly develop and grow problem-solving skills
  • Key ResultComplete 3 logic and problem-solving related online courses
  • TaskResearch and select three online courses focused on logic and problem solving
  • TaskSystematically complete each course according to its curriculum
  • TaskEnroll in the selected courses on their respective platforms

2. OKR to enhance analytical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • ObjectiveEnhance analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Key ResultSolve 10 complex business cases using analytical problem-solving methods
  • TaskReview and document the solutions derived for each case
  • TaskApply analytical problem-solving methods to each case
  • TaskIdentify the 10 complex business cases requiring resolution
  • Key ResultComplete an online course in data analysis by achieving 90% grade
  • TaskTake weekly assessments to monitor and improve progress
  • TaskDedicate 2 hours daily for consistent learning and practice
  • TaskSign up for a reputable online data analysis course
  • Key ResultTeach 3 co-workers problem-solving techniques enhancing team's analytical thinking ability

3. OKR to enhance problem-solving proficiency in water treatment

  • ObjectiveEnhance problem-solving proficiency in water treatment
  • Key ResultComplete 2 in-depth courses related to water treatment problem-solving by quarter-end
  • TaskEnroll and commence the chosen courses
  • TaskComplete all assignments and final exams for both courses
  • TaskIdentify 2 comprehensive courses related to water treatment problem-solving
  • Key ResultMentor 2 colleagues on developed problem-solving skills in water treatment procedures
  • Key ResultSolve at least 3 complex, real-world water treatment problems per month
  • TaskLearn advanced water treatment techniques
  • TaskPropose solutions to identified problems
  • TaskResearch ongoing issues in global water treatment

4. OKR to improve ticket resolution process in DACH region

  • ObjectiveImprove ticket resolution process in DACH region
  • Key ResultImplement effective process in 95% of DACH tickets
  • TaskDevelop clear, concise guidelines for handling DACH tickets
  • TaskMonitor and evaluate ticket resolution success rates
  • TaskTrain staff on new ticket handling procedures
  • Key ResultDecrease average ticket resolution time by 25%
  • TaskImplement more efficient ticket sorting and prioritization systems
  • TaskTrain team in advanced problem-solving techniques
  • TaskIntroduce automation wherever possible
  • Key ResultIncrease customer satisfaction with resolution process by 30%
  • TaskImplement a comprehensive training program for customer service representatives
  • TaskDevelop and introduce a streamlined, multi-channel complaint resolution system
  • TaskConduct surveys to identify areas of dissatisfaction in the resolution process

5. OKR to enhance proficiency in DevOps with AWS

  • ObjectiveEnhance proficiency in DevOps with AWS
  • Key ResultEarn AWS certified DevOps engineer certification by passing the professional exam
  • TaskReview course material for AWS DevOps engineer certification
  • TaskRegularly practice with AWS hands-on labs
  • TaskSchedule and take the professional exam
  • Key ResultTroubleshoot and resolve at least 10 complex problems using AWS DevOps knowledge
  • TaskImplement solutions and confirm each problem's resolution
  • TaskDevelop strategies using DevOps knowledge for troubleshooting each issue
  • TaskIdentify and categorize ten complex problems within the AWS framework
  • Key ResultSuccessfully implement 5 DevOps projects using AWS tools and services
  • TaskSchedule project execution timeline and delegate necessary tasks
  • TaskEquip team with training on AWS tools and services
  • TaskIdentify and prioritize 5 suitable projects for a DevOps approach

Best practices for managing your Problem Solving 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 Problem Solving OKRs

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

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.

More Problem Solving 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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