6 customisable OKR examples for Software Development Process

What are Software Development Process 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 have curated a selection of OKR examples specifically for Software Development Process to assist you. Feel free to explore the templates below for inspiration in setting 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 Software Development Process OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Software Development Process 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!

1OKRs to successfully implement the "asdf" system

  • ObjectiveSuccessfully implement the "asdf" system
  • Key ResultAchieve 70% completion of "asdf" coding tasks by Week 9
  • TaskPrioritize most complex coding tasks to complete first
  • TaskRegularly assess weekly progress and adjust workload if necessary
  • TaskAllocate daily hours specifically for ASDF coding tasks
  • Key ResultConduct satisfactory testing and fix all major bugs by Week 12
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive test plans by Week 10
  • TaskDebug and fix major errors by Week 12
  • TaskCarry out rigorous testing by Week 11
  • Key ResultComplete system design documentation by end of Week 4
  • TaskReview, edit and finalize design documentation
  • TaskDraft the initial system design document
  • TaskOutline desired structure and content for design documentation

2OKRs to streamline SPX single membership SDLC process

  • ObjectiveStreamline SPX single membership SDLC process
  • Key ResultReduce the cycle time of SDLC stages by 20%
  • TaskImplement automation tools in testing and deployment stages
  • TaskStreamline communication channels between different teams
  • TaskAdopt agile methodologies in project management
  • Key ResultImplement a new tracking system to eliminate 30% of process errors
  • TaskTrain staff on implementing and using new system
  • TaskIdentify current errors and determine their root cause
  • TaskResearch and select appropriate tracking system
  • Key ResultEnhance team productivity by delivering 25% more modules within deadlines
  • TaskEncourage regular communication to swiftly resolve issues
  • TaskImplement efficient project management tools for better task tracking
  • TaskOffer training sessions to improve team's technical skills

3OKRs to implement efficient test automation processes

  • ObjectiveImplement efficient test automation processes
  • Key ResultReduce manual testing work by 40% through customized automated scripts
  • TaskImplement and monitor the automated scripts’ efficacy regularly
  • TaskDevelop customized automated scripts for these processes
  • TaskIdentify repeated manual testing processes suitable for automation
  • Key ResultSuccessfully automate 70% of all repetitive tests while maintaining accuracy
  • TaskResearch suitable automation tools or software
  • TaskImplement, monitor, and adjust automated processes accordingly
  • TaskIdentify and catalog all existing repetitive tests
  • Key ResultAchieve a 30% decrease in software bugs and glitches through automated testing enhancement
  • TaskRegularly evaluate and refine our testing processes
  • TaskTrain developers in advanced automated testing
  • TaskImplement enhanced and rigorous automated testing protocols

4OKRs to enhance the architecture of accounting, financial, and tax processes

  • ObjectiveEnhance the architecture of accounting, financial, and tax processes
  • Key ResultAchieve at least a 15% increased in efficacy in financial reporting
  • TaskProvide thorough training for staff on financial reporting
  • TaskStandardize reporting templates and process
  • TaskImplement advanced financial management software
  • Key ResultImplement a new, streamlined accounting system capable of reducing process time by 30%
  • TaskTrain staff on the new accounting system
  • TaskIdentify inefficiencies in the current accounting system
  • TaskProcure or design a streamlined accounting software
  • Key ResultSuccessfully complete 100% of financial and tax process updates without disrupting business operations
  • TaskTest updates during low-impact business hours
  • TaskRegularly review existing financial and tax processes
  • TaskDevelop and implement necessary process updates

5OKRs to achieve full productivity as a General Accountant

  • ObjectiveAchieve full productivity as a General Accountant
  • Key ResultReduce weekly accounting errors by 50%
  • TaskImplement thorough double-checking procedures for all accounting tasks
  • TaskProvide additional training on accounting software usage
  • TaskInstantly address and correct identified accounting errors
  • Key ResultScore at least 90% on internal accounting knowledge assessments
  • TaskStudy company's internal accounting policies daily
  • TaskPractice with past assessment tests for improvement
  • TaskSeek clarifications for any accounting concepts not understood
  • Key ResultIncrease speed of invoice processing by 30%
  • TaskTrain staff in efficient invoice processing techniques
  • TaskStreamline invoice approval process
  • TaskImplement automation software for quick invoice management

6OKRs to establish process improvement to reduce audit adjustments entries

  • ObjectiveEstablish process improvement to reduce audit adjustments entries
  • Key ResultImprove the accuracy of initial entries by 35% through thorough staff training
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive training material on data entry accuracy
  • TaskImplement ongoing staff data entry workshops
  • TaskMonitor progress and provide continual feedback
  • Key ResultImplement new software to automate 60% of audit entry processes
  • TaskImplement and monitor software regularly for efficiency
  • TaskTrain employees on updated automation software
  • TaskSelect suitable software to automate audit entry processes
  • Key ResultDecrease the quantity of audit adjustment entries by 40%
  • TaskProvide comprehensive training on accurate data entry
  • TaskUse auditing software to identify errors
  • TaskImplement strict review process before entering data

Software Development Process 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

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 weekly OKR 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.

How to turn your Software Development Process OKRs in a strategy map

OKRs without regular progress updates are just KPIs. You'll need to update progress on your OKRs every week to get the full 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 Software Development Process 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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