15 OKR examples for Software Development Team

What are Software Development Team 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 Team 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 Software Development Team OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Software Development Team 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!

OKRs to become proficient in React.js

  • ObjectiveBecome proficient in React.js
  • Key ResultComplete an online React.js course with a passing grade by end of quarter
  • TaskEnroll in an online React.js course
  • TaskDedicate consistent study hours each week
  • TaskComplete and pass all required assessments
  • Key ResultRead and understand documentation for 5 React.js libraries
  • TaskThoroughly read the documentation for each library
  • TaskSummarize key functions and features of each library
  • TaskSelect 5 React.js libraries for review and understanding
  • Key ResultBuild and deploy a small, functional web app using React.js
  • TaskTest the app locally to ensure full functionality
  • TaskDevelop a small React.js web app following online tutorials or guidelines
  • TaskDeploy the web app on a preferred hosting platform

OKRs to enhance tactical and strategic leadership skills for software developer team lead

  • ObjectiveEnhance tactical and strategic leadership skills for software developer team lead
  • Key ResultMentor 2 team members to take on micro-leadership roles in the next project
  • TaskProvide regular feedback and coaching
  • TaskShare responsibilities and explain expectations clearly
  • TaskIdentify strengths and areas of growth for each team member
  • Key ResultImplement new strategies and witness a minimum 15% increase in team productivity
  • TaskDevelop and communicate new strategies for identified areas
  • TaskIdentify areas in team processes that require improvement
  • TaskMonitor and measure strategy-driven productivity increases
  • Key ResultCollaborate with HR to attend at least 3 leadership skill training or workshops
  • TaskContact HR to inquire about available leadership training opportunities
  • TaskParticipate actively in each workshop session
  • TaskSchedule times to attend three chosen sessions

OKRs to improve software development team leadership effectiveness

  • ObjectiveImprove software development team leadership effectiveness
  • Key ResultImprove team efficiency by implementing agile practices and metrics to track progress
  • TaskConduct training on Agile practices and ensure all team members understand the principles
  • TaskImplement regular stand-up meetings to enhance communication, identify obstacles, and resolve them promptly
  • TaskUtilize Agile metrics like velocity and burndown charts to track progress and optimize productivity
  • TaskEstablish clear goals and prioritize tasks using Agile frameworks like Scrum or Kanban
  • Key ResultFoster effective communication and collaboration within the team to drive successful project delivery
  • TaskPromote cross-functional collaboration by assigning individuals from different departments to work together
  • TaskUtilize project management tools and software to streamline communication and document sharing
  • TaskImplement regular team meetings to discuss project updates, challenges, and opportunities
  • TaskEncourage open and honest communication to foster a collaborative and trusting environment
  • Key ResultIncrease team satisfaction and engagement through regular feedback and recognition
  • Key ResultEnhance technical skills by facilitating ongoing training programs and knowledge sharing sessions

OKRs to enhance the quality of software releases through manual testing

  • ObjectiveEnhance the quality of software releases through manual testing
  • Key ResultIncrease manual test case effectiveness by 25%
  • TaskProvide continuous training for manual testing techniques
  • TaskImplement peer reviews for manual test case validation
  • TaskDevelop exhaustive, realistic use-cases scenarios for better test coverage
  • Key ResultReduce critical bugs in live software by 15%
  • TaskImplement rigorous testing procedures before software deployment
  • TaskRegularly update and debug software code base
  • TaskTrain developers in best practices for bug prevention
  • Key ResultRaise manual test coverage for each release to at least 95%
  • TaskIdentify areas of software currently lacking full manual testing
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive manual test plans for those areas
  • TaskTrain team to execute new test plans efficiently

OKRs to improve testing efficiency through AI integration

  • ObjectiveImprove testing efficiency through AI integration
  • Key ResultReduce software bugs by 25% with AI algorithms
  • TaskTrain AI algorithms to identify and fix recurring software bugs
  • TaskInvest in AI-based debugging tools for code review and error detection
  • TaskIntegrate AI algorithms into the software development and testing process
  • Key ResultDecrease manual testing hours by 30%
  • TaskImplement automated testing protocols for recurrent tests
  • TaskTrain staff in automation tools usage
  • TaskPrioritize test cases for automation
  • Key ResultImplement AI testing tools in 60% of ongoing projects
  • TaskProcure and install AI testing tools in identified projects
  • TaskTrain project teams on using AI testing tools
  • TaskIdentify projects suitable for AI testing tool integration

OKRs to achieve proficiency as a middle level java developer

  • ObjectiveAchieve proficiency as a middle level java developer
  • Key ResultSuccessfully finish 2+ programming projects utilizing complex Java frameworks
  • TaskDedicate time each day to coding and project progress
  • TaskContinuously test and debug until projects are completed
  • TaskSelect two projects utilizing complex Java frameworks
  • Key ResultGet certified as a Sun Certified Java Programmer
  • TaskStudy and complete any prerequisite coursework or training
  • TaskResearch requirements for Sun Certified Java Programmer certification
  • TaskRegister and pass the certification exam
  • Key ResultComplete 3 advanced Java courses with a score of 85% or higher
  • TaskDedicate time daily to studying course material
  • TaskAim to achieve at least 85% on all tests/assignments
  • TaskResearch and enroll in 3 advanced Java courses

OKRs to improve software system design and logging framework expertise

  • ObjectiveImprove software system design and logging framework expertise
  • Key ResultCollaborate with senior engineers on at least two software design reviews and provide valuable insights
  • TaskPrepare for software design reviews by doing research and gathering relevant information
  • TaskActively participate in software design reviews by asking questions and offering suggestions
  • TaskSchedule meetings with senior engineers to discuss software design reviews
  • TaskDocument and share valuable insights and suggestions with senior engineers after the reviews
  • Key ResultConduct research on best practices and emerging trends in software system design
  • TaskEngage in discussions with industry experts and peers to gather insights on software system design best practices
  • TaskReview industry publications and online resources for current best practices in software system design
  • TaskAttend relevant conferences and webinars to stay updated on emerging trends in software system design
  • TaskSet up alerts and notifications for research papers and articles on software system design
  • Key ResultImplement logging framework in one project and analyze its effectiveness
  • TaskDefine and implement the desired log messages and their respective levels
  • TaskIntegrate the chosen logging framework into the project's codebase
  • TaskResearch and choose a suitable logging framework for the project
  • TaskAnalyze and measure the impact of the logging framework on project performance and debugging processes
  • Key ResultSuccessfully complete online course on software system design with a passing grade

OKRs to achieve production readiness for MassBalancer ISCC EU feature

  • ObjectiveAchieve production readiness for MassBalancer ISCC EU feature
  • Key ResultEnsure 100% documentation of the MassBalancer ISCC EU feature for user reference
  • TaskIdentify gaps in the current documentation
  • TaskReview existing documentation on the MassBalancer ISCC EU feature
  • TaskUpdate or create necessary documents to fill in gaps
  • Key ResultComplete all necessary development tasks associated with the MassBalancer ISCC EU feature
  • TaskFinalize the code for the MassBalancer ISCC EU feature
  • TaskTest the feature for efficiency and bug fixes
  • TaskRelease and integrate the feature into the main software platform
  • Key ResultSuccessfully conduct beta testing for MassBalancer ISCC EU with zero critical issues
  • TaskSet up and distribute MassBalancer ISCC EU to selected beta testers
  • TaskIdentify and resolve any critical issues immediately
  • TaskRegularly monitor and collect feedback from beta testers

OKRs to externalize authorization models from monolith

  • ObjectiveExternalize authorization models from monolith
  • Key ResultIdentify and list all authorization models by Week 2
  • TaskFinalize and submit the list by Week 2
  • TaskResearch various types of authorization models
  • TaskCatalogue each identified authorization model in a list
  • Key ResultSuccessfully migrate at least 90% of authorization models to the external component by Week 10
  • TaskMap current authorization models to the external component
  • TaskDevelop a detailed migration plan
  • TaskExecute migration and verify success rate
  • Key ResultDesign and develop a separate external component for authorization models by Week 6
  • TaskIdentify necessary features for authorization component
  • TaskDesign a prototype of the authorization component
  • TaskDevelop and test the authorization component

OKRs to implement automation in data analysis and visualization

  • ObjectiveImplement automation in data analysis and visualization
  • Key ResultCreate an automated data visualization tool generating 3 visually impacting reports weekly
  • TaskIdentify key data points for weekly visualization
  • TaskDesign three types of impactful report templates
  • TaskProgram automation for weekly report generation
  • Key ResultSuccessfully automate 50% of routine data analysis tasks to increase efficiency
  • TaskImplement and test chosen automation tools
  • TaskIdentify routine data analysis tasks suitable for automation
  • TaskResearch and select relevant automation software
  • Key ResultDevelop a robust data cleaning and pre-processing automation script by the end of Q1
  • TaskDesign algorithm for automation script
  • TaskImplement and test the automation script
  • TaskIdentify necessary data cleaning and preprocessing steps

OKRs to implement a new CI/CD platform for seamless software deployment and delivery

  • ObjectiveImplement a new CI/CD platform for seamless software deployment and delivery
  • Key ResultConfigure and successfully integrate the chosen CI/CD platform with the existing development toolchain
  • TaskIntegrate the CI/CD platform with version control systems and build automation tools
  • TaskTest the integration to ensure a seamless workflow within the existing development toolchain
  • TaskSet up and configure the chosen CI/CD platform to align with the development toolchain
  • TaskResearch and select an appropriate CI/CD platform for the existing development toolchain
  • Key ResultIdentify and evaluate at least three potential CI/CD platforms based on specific criteria
  • Key ResultImprove the average deployment time by 30% through automation and optimization efforts
  • TaskOptimize server and network configurations to speed up deployment and improve efficiency
  • TaskAutomate manual tasks during deployment process to reduce time and human errors
  • TaskImplement continuous integration system to streamline software deployment process
  • TaskIdentify and remove bottlenecks in the current deployment workflow
  • Key ResultIncrease deployment frequency by 50% compared to the previous quarter, with zero critical production incidents

OKRs to implement runtime configurability of features

  • ObjectiveImplement runtime configurability of features
  • Key ResultTrain 90% of the team on configuring features at runtime to ensure efficient usage
  • TaskSchedule and conduct requisite training sessions
  • TaskIdentify team members needing training in runtime configuration
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive training materials and exercises
  • Key ResultDevelop a viable prototype for a configurable environment by end of week 6
  • TaskConstruct initial prototype based on design specs
  • TaskTest and refine the prototype for viable usage
  • TaskCreate basic design specifications for the configurable environment
  • Key ResultTest and implement 75% of identified features for run time configurability
  • TaskImplement and verify tested features
  • TaskReview and list identified features for runtime configurability
  • TaskDevelop strategies for testing selected features

OKRs to enhance the efficiency of our software testing suite

  • ObjectiveEnhance the efficiency of our software testing suite
  • Key ResultIncrease the speed of test execution by 25%
  • TaskOptimize code base to reduce unnecessary testing steps
  • TaskUtilize faster test automation tools and frameworks
  • TaskImplement parallel testing to distribute tests across different machines
  • Key ResultReduce software test suite setup time by 15%
  • TaskImplement automated test setup protocols
  • TaskOptimize code for greater setup efficiency
  • TaskReduce redundant or unnecessary tests
  • Key ResultDecrease bug identification time by 20%
  • TaskImplement automated testing tools for routine bug discovery
  • TaskUse dedicated bug tracking systems to report issues
  • TaskConduct regular training for staff in debugging techniques

OKRs to enhance technical proficiency and efficiency in software development

  • ObjectiveEnhance technical proficiency and efficiency in software development
  • Key ResultImprove code efficiency by reducing average debugging time by 25%
  • TaskImplement regular peer code reviews to catch errors early
  • TaskProvide training on more advanced debugging tools
  • TaskAdopt test-driven development practices
  • Key ResultComplete four advanced programming courses relevant to job role
  • TaskEnroll in the identified courses
  • TaskIdentify four advanced programming courses relevant to job role
  • TaskConsistently engage in coursework until completion
  • Key ResultImplement at least three new features in the ongoing project, positively impacting user experience
  • TaskIdentify three potential enhancements based on user feedback
  • TaskCode and test the new features thoroughly
  • TaskDeploy updates and collect user feedback

OKRs 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

Best practices for managing your Software Development Team 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 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 Software Development Team 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

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 Team 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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