6 OKR examples for Reliability

What are Reliability OKRs?

The OKR acronym stands for Objectives and Key Results. It's a goal-setting framework that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s, and it became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s. OKRs helps teams has a shared language to set ambitious goals and track progress towards them.

Formulating strong OKRs can be a complex endeavor, particularly for first-timers. Prioritizing outcomes over projects is crucial when developing your plans.

We've tailored a list of OKRs examples for Reliability 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 more about the OKR meaning online.

Best practices for managing your Reliability 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

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 below). 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.

Building your own Reliability OKRs with AI

While we have some examples below, it's likely that you'll have specific scenarios that aren't covered here. There are 2 options available to you.

Best way to track your Reliability OKRs

Your quarterly OKRs should be tracked weekly in order to get all the benefits of the OKRs 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.

Reliability OKRs templates

We've covered most of the things that you need to know about setting good OKRs and tracking them effectively. It's now time to give you a series of templates that you can use for inspiration!

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

OKRs 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

OKRs to develop a comprehensive observability platform that exceeds industry standards

  • ObjectiveDevelop a comprehensive observability platform that exceeds industry standards
  • Key ResultIncrease data collection efficiency by 30% through optimized instrumentation and monitoring agents
  • Key ResultIncrease user satisfaction by 20% through an intuitive and user-friendly interface
  • TaskStreamline navigation by simplifying menus and reducing the number of clicks
  • TaskProvide clear and concise instructions to guide users through the interface effectively
  • TaskRevise interface design based on user feedback and usability best practices
  • TaskConduct user testing to identify pain points and areas for improvement
  • Key ResultImprove system reliability by reducing incidents and downtime by 25%
  • TaskEnhance employee training on system operations and troubleshooting techniques
  • TaskImplement proactive monitoring to detect and fix issues before they cause incidents
  • TaskConduct regular system maintenance and updates to prevent potential downtime
  • TaskEstablish backup and disaster recovery protocols for quick restoration in case of incidents
  • Key ResultAchieve 95% platform uptime to ensure continuous real-time observability for users

OKRs to enhance the efficiency and reliability of IT services

  • ObjectiveEnhance the efficiency and reliability of IT services
  • Key ResultDecrease system downtime by 20%
  • TaskImplement regular preventive maintenance on all system components
  • TaskEstablish robust disaster recovery and backup plans
  • TaskUpgrade outdated hardware and software components
  • Key ResultImplement proactive maintenance on 95% of servers
  • TaskAssign a maintenance team to apply the protocol to identified servers
  • TaskIdentify all servers needing proactive maintenance
  • TaskDevelop and document a proactive maintenance protocol
  • Key ResultIncrease customer satisfaction scores by 15% via improved service delivery
  • TaskTrain staff in advanced customer service techniques
  • TaskImplement a robust customer feedback system
  • TaskStreamline service delivery for efficiency

OKRs to streamline DevOps processes for optimized efficiency and reliability

  • ObjectiveStreamline DevOps processes for optimized efficiency and reliability
  • Key ResultReduce deployment downtime by 35% through automation and configuration management
  • TaskImplement automated deployment processes to reduce manual errors
  • TaskConfigure management tools for efficient system administration
  • TaskRegularly update and optimize automation scripts
  • Key ResultImprove incident response time by 20% with enhanced monitoring tools and protocols
  • TaskTrain team on new tools and swift response strategies
  • TaskImplement advanced monitoring tools for quicker incident detection
  • TaskDevelop robust response protocols for urgent incidents
  • Key ResultValidate 100% of codes by implementing a comprehensive continuous integration pipeline
  • TaskImplement a robust continuous integration pipeline
  • TaskInitiate an automated code validation process
  • TaskPeriodically audit pipeline to ensure 100% code validation

OKRs 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

OKRs to improve the reliability and efficiency of IT Infrastructure

  • ObjectiveImprove the reliability and efficiency of IT Infrastructure
  • Key ResultDecrease system downtime by 30% through proactive maintenance and upgrades
  • TaskDevelop a regular schedule for proactive maintenance and system check-ups
  • TaskImplement latest upgrades and patches in a timely manner
  • TaskMonitor system metrics regularly to spot potential failures
  • Key ResultImprove incident response time by 20% for high-severity issues
  • TaskSimplify processes for faster issue resolution
  • TaskTrain staff on efficient incident response protocol
  • TaskImplement an alert system for high-severity issues
  • Key ResultImplement a new automation system reducing manual tasks by 25%
  • TaskTrain employees on new automation system usage
  • TaskSelect appropriate automation software or tool
  • TaskIdentify processes suitable for automation within the company

More Reliability OKR templates

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OKRs resources

Here are a list of resources to help you adopt the Objectives and Key Results framework.