2 customisable OKR examples for Professional Skills

What are Professional Skills 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 Professional Skills 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 Professional Skills OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Professional Skills 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 improve team members' performance and productivity

  • ObjectiveImprove team members' performance and productivity
  • Key ResultImprove team members' professional skills through participation in at least two relevant training courses
  • TaskIdentify and research relevant training courses that align with team members' professional goals
  • TaskFacilitate team members' registration and participation in chosen training courses
  • TaskCommunicate the available training courses to team members and gather their preferences
  • Key ResultAchieve a 90% completion rate on team projects by consistently meeting deadlines and delivering high-quality work
  • Key ResultEnhance team collaboration by conducting monthly cross-functional knowledge sharing sessions
  • TaskSchedule monthly cross-functional knowledge sharing sessions
  • TaskInvite team members from different departments to share their expertise
  • TaskProvide a platform for participants to collaborate, ask questions, and exchange ideas
  • Key ResultIncrease individual productivity by 10% through time management and task prioritization

2. OKR to acquire GCP certification with strong knowledge and skills

  • ObjectiveAcquire GCP certification with strong knowledge and skills
  • Key ResultReceive positive feedback from a GCP certified professional on the project implementation
  • TaskImplement any suggested improvements or modifications based on the feedback received
  • TaskPrepare a detailed presentation showcasing the positive outcomes and key milestones achieved
  • TaskCollect essential data and testimonials from team members about their experience with the project
  • TaskRequest a meeting with the GCP certified professional to discuss the project implementation
  • Key ResultComplete all GCP training modules and hands-on exercises with a passing score
  • TaskComplete all hands-on exercises by following the provided instructions
  • TaskTake and pass all assessments with a passing score to successfully finish the training
  • TaskStudy the training material thoroughly to understand the concepts and procedures
  • TaskEnroll in all GCP training modules and access hands-on exercises
  • Key ResultSuccessfully pass the GCP practice exams with a score above 90%
  • TaskReview GCP documentation and whitepapers to supplement study materials
  • TaskCreate a study schedule with dedicated time each day
  • TaskIdentify weak areas and focus on studying those topics more thoroughly
  • TaskTake timed practice exams to improve speed and build endurance
  • Key ResultImplement a practical GCP project showcasing proficiency in relevant technologies
  • TaskResearch and select relevant GCP technologies and tools to be utilized
  • TaskDefine project scope, objectives, and requirements
  • TaskDevelop and implement the GCP project, ensuring proficiency in all selected technologies
  • TaskPlan and design the architecture and workflow of the GCP project

Best practices for managing your Professional Skills 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 πŸ‘‡

Tip #1: Limit the number of key results

Having too many OKRs is the #1 mistake that teams make when adopting the framework. The problem with tracking too many competing goals is that it will be hard for your team to know what really matters.

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

Setting good goals can be challenging, but without regular check-ins, your team will struggle to make progress. We recommend that you track your OKRs weekly to get the full benefits from the framework.

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 Professional Skills 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

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 Professional Skills 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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