3 customisable OKR examples for Software Maintenance

What are Software Maintenance 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 Maintenance 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 Maintenance OKRs examples

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

1OKRs to mitigate the risk associated with software maintenance

  • ObjectiveMitigate the risk associated with software maintenance
  • Key ResultImplement efficient risk management model for 90% of maintenance projects
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive risk management model for maintenance projects
  • TaskApply the model to current maintenance projects for evaluation
  • TaskTrain project managers in risk management implementation
  • Key ResultAchieve zero unresolved critical issues for all maintained software
  • TaskTrain staff in proactive problem identification and resolution
  • TaskImplement regular system checks for software performance
  • TaskEstablish efficient issue reporting and resolution procedures
  • Key ResultProvide tailored training for all software engineers on identified critical areas
  • TaskSchedule and conduct tailored training sessions for engineers
  • TaskDevelop customized training programs focusing on these critical areas
  • TaskIdentify critical areas needing tailored training for software engineers

2OKRs to decrease equipment downtime in the water treatment plant

  • ObjectiveDecrease equipment downtime in the water treatment plant
  • Key ResultInstall predictive maintenance software on 100% of vital equipment
  • TaskBegin installing software on identified equipment
  • TaskPurchase necessary predictive maintenance software
  • TaskIdentify all vital equipment requiring the software
  • Key ResultTrain 90% of plant operators on troubleshooting and preventive maintenance
  • TaskDevelop troubleshooting and maintenance curriculum
  • TaskIdentify plant operators needing training
  • TaskSchedule and conduct training sessions
  • Key ResultAchieve a 5% reduction in equipment break-failures by end of next quarter
  • TaskBoost training on proper equipment usage
  • TaskImplement regular preventative maintenance on all equipment
  • TaskInvest in higher quality parts and tools

3OKRs to improve front-end functionalities of the ship monitoring system

  • ObjectiveImprove front-end functionalities of the ship monitoring system
  • Key ResultReduce reported user issues by 50% through enhanced bug fixing
  • TaskAllocate more resources to the debugging team
  • TaskImplement a stringent bug tracking system
  • TaskConduct regular software maintenance and updates
  • Key ResultImplement 2 new user-friendly features requested by the product team
  • TaskDevelop and test the new features in a sandbox environment
  • TaskLaunch and communicate new features to customers
  • TaskIdentify specifications and requirements for the new features
  • Key ResultIncrease system's load speed by 30% through code optimization
  • TaskDevelop and implement code optimization strategies
  • TaskTest and validate the newly optimized code
  • TaskAnalyze current code for areas causing slow load speed

Software Maintenance 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

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 weekly OKR 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.

How to turn your Software Maintenance 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 Maintenance 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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