11 OKR examples for Software Engineer

What are Software Engineer 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 Engineer 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 Engineer OKRs examples

You'll find below a list of Objectives and Key Results templates for Software Engineer. 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 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 enhance data engineering capabilities to drive software innovation

  • ObjectiveEnhance data engineering capabilities to drive software innovation
  • Key ResultImprove data quality by implementing automated data validation and monitoring processes
  • TaskImplement chosen data validation tool
  • TaskResearch various automated data validation tools
  • TaskRegularly monitor and assess data quality
  • Key ResultEnhance software scalability by optimizing data storage and retrieval mechanisms for large datasets
  • TaskOptimize SQL queries for faster data retrieval
  • TaskAdopt a scalable distributed storage system
  • TaskImplement a more efficient database indexing system
  • Key ResultIncrease data processing efficiency by optimizing data ingestion pipelines and reducing processing time
  • TaskDevelop optimization strategies for lagging pipelines
  • TaskImplement solutions to reduce data processing time
  • TaskAnalyze current data ingestion pipelines for efficiency gaps

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 achieve promotion to software engineer 3

  • ObjectiveAchieve promotion to software engineer 3
  • Key ResultComplete advanced software development certification
  • Key ResultMentor and provide guidance to junior software engineers
  • TaskSchedule regular one-on-one meetings to discuss progress, challenges, and career goals
  • TaskOffer constructive feedback and actionable suggestions for improvement on their code
  • TaskActively involve them in meaningful projects to gain real-world experience and build confidence
  • TaskProvide resources and recommend learning opportunities to enhance their technical skills
  • Key ResultReceive positive performance reviews from team members and supervisors
  • TaskRegularly check in with team members and supervisors to receive feedback and updates
  • TaskActively listen to team members and supervisors, and address any concerns or suggestions
  • TaskSet clear and measurable goals with team members and supervisors
  • TaskContinuously improve skills and knowledge through training and professional development opportunities
  • Key ResultDeliver three high-impact software projects successfully
  • TaskImplement effective project management methodologies to ensure efficient coordination and communication
  • TaskDefine clear project goals, timelines, and deliverables for each software project
  • TaskAssemble a skilled and dedicated team with the necessary expertise for each project
  • TaskRegularly monitor and evaluate progress, making adjustments as needed to meet project objectives

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 improve software engineering skills through effective time management

  • ObjectiveImprove software engineering skills through effective time management
  • Key ResultIncrease the number of completed coding tasks by 20% each week
  • TaskIdentify and address any obstacles or challenges that may hinder coding task completion
  • TaskEnhance collaboration and communication among team members for efficient task completion
  • TaskProvide regular feedback and support to assist in completing coding tasks
  • TaskSet clear and achievable coding task goals for each team member
  • Key ResultImprove adherence to project deadlines by delivering work on time in 90% of cases
  • TaskImplement effective communication strategies to address obstacles and ensure timely completion
  • TaskSet clear and realistic deadlines for each project task
  • TaskPrioritize tasks and create a detailed schedule to ensure timely delivery
  • TaskRegularly track progress and provide updates to stakeholders to maintain accountability
  • Key ResultReduce time spent on non-essential activities by 15% during work hours
  • TaskSet specific time limits for non-essential tasks to ensure efficient completion
  • TaskPrioritize and eliminate non-essential activities based on their impact and importance
  • TaskIdentify non-essential activities taking up significant time during work hours
  • TaskRegularly assess and adjust the allocation of time to non-essential activities as needed
  • Key ResultAttend and actively participate in at least 2 time management workshops or webinars
  • TaskResearch and identify 2 time management workshops or webinars
  • TaskApply the learned time management techniques in daily activities for improved efficiency
  • TaskTake thorough notes during the workshops or webinars for future reference
  • TaskRegister for the selected workshops or webinars to secure a spot

OKRs to implement unit-testing in Mid-Office

  • ObjectiveImplement unit-testing in Mid-Office
  • Key ResultDevelop a comprehensive unit testing plan within 4 weeks
  • TaskSchedule and delegate testing tasks
  • TaskIdentify all functionalities for testing
  • TaskDraft a detailed unit testing procedure
  • Key ResultTrain the team on unit-testing best practices and tools by 6 weeks
  • TaskSchedule and conduct weekly team training sessions for 6 weeks
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive training program on unit-testing practices
  • TaskIdentify appropriate unit-testing software and tools for training
  • Key ResultAchieve 80% code coverage with unit tests by the end of the quarter
  • TaskWrite effective tests for identified sections
  • TaskIdentify sections of code lacking unit tests
  • TaskRegularly run and adjust tests for improvement

OKRs to improve organizational DevOps practices with DORA

  • ObjectiveImprove organizational DevOps practices with DORA
  • Key ResultReduce mean time to recovery (MTTR) for critical incidents to X minutes through improved incident response processes
  • Key ResultIncrease deployment frequency by X% through continuous integration and delivery
  • TaskImplement automated testing to identify and fix issues early in the development process
  • TaskStreamline the build and release process to minimize manual intervention
  • TaskInvest in continuous integration and delivery tools for seamless and frequent deployments
  • TaskEstablish a robust version control system for efficient code management
  • Key ResultAchieve X% increase in test automation coverage for application releases
  • Key ResultImprove employee satisfaction by X% through promoting a culture of collaboration and learning

OKRs to accelerate product scalability for multi-tenant utilization

  • ObjectiveAccelerate product scalability for multi-tenant utilization
  • Key ResultIncrease software load capacity by at least 20% to handle increased users
  • TaskOptimize software code to enhance efficiency
  • TaskEvaluate current server capabilities and identify limitations
  • TaskUpgrade or add additional servers to bolster capacity
  • Key ResultDevelop and test five new multi-tenant friendly features for our product
  • TaskDesign and develop five new features based on the research
  • TaskConduct market research to identify potential multi-tenant friendly features
  • TaskExecute thorough testing of these features before release
  • Key ResultAchieve 100% bug-free certification for our multi-tenant product construction
  • TaskConduct thorough and regular product performance testing
  • TaskImplement quick, effective bug-fixing procedures
  • TaskInvest in quality assurance training for the team

OKRs to achieve quicker releases of the real estate application through automation

  • ObjectiveAchieve quicker releases of the real estate application through automation
  • Key ResultReduce bugs by 30% using automated testing tools and practices
  • TaskTrain the team on effective automated testing practices
  • TaskRegularly review and improve testing procedures
  • TaskImplement automated testing tools in the development process
  • Key ResultIncrease deployment frequency by 50% by optimizing the CI/CD pipeline
  • TaskImplement performance monitoring for continuous optimization
  • TaskReview and streamline the existing CI/CD pipeline
  • TaskAutomate tests to reduce bottleneck issues
  • Key ResultImplement an automated roll-back system to minimize downtime by 40%
  • TaskSelect and purchase appropriate roll-back system software
  • TaskResearch available automated roll-back system platforms
  • TaskTrain staff on roll-back system operations and procedures

OKRs to conduct regular penetration testing and code reviews

  • ObjectiveImprove security through regular penetration testing and code reviews
  • Key ResultEnsure all critical vulnerabilities found in penetration testing are remediated within 2 weeks
  • Key ResultConduct code reviews for all new features and major changes before deployment
  • Key ResultImplement at least 80% of code review recommendations within the next release cycle
  • Key ResultIncrease the frequency of penetration testing from once a quarter to twice a month

Best practices for managing your Software Engineer 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

Focus can only be achieve by limiting the number of competing priorities. It is crucial that you take the time to identify where you need to move the needle, and avoid adding business-as-usual activities to your 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

Having good goals is only half the effort. You'll get significant more value from your OKRs if you commit to a weekly check-in process.

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 Engineer 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 Engineer OKR templates

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OKRs resources

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