15 customisable OKR examples for Software Quality

What are Software Quality 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 Quality 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.

Building your own Software Quality OKRs with AI

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Our customisable Software Quality OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Software Quality 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!

1. OKR to enhance software and component quality

  • ObjectiveEnhance software and component quality
  • Key ResultExecute 100% of planned quality assurance tests to identify and fix bugs
  • TaskAnalyze test results and correct identified bugs
  • TaskConduct all preassigned tests thoroughly
  • TaskReview the lineup of planned quality assurance tests
  • Key ResultIncrease user satisfaction by improving software usability by 20%
  • TaskImplement improvements based on user feedback
  • TaskIdentify user pain points through feedback surveys
  • TaskContinuously test software for user experience enhancements
  • Key ResultDecrease software component's failure rate by 15%
  • TaskConduct regular maintenance and updates to improve stability
  • TaskEmploy advanced debugging tools to spot and fix errors
  • TaskImplement rigorous software component testing at varying stress levels

2. OKR 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

3. OKR to elevate overall test coverage across all features

  • ObjectiveElevate overall test coverage across all features
  • Key ResultImplement a process for monitoring and increasing test coverage on an ongoing basis
  • TaskImplement a continuous test coverage monitoring system
  • TaskDevelop strategies to continuously improve test coverage
  • TaskIdentify existing areas lacking sufficient test coverage
  • Key ResultIdentify and address 30% of areas with low test coverage across existing features
  • TaskPrioritize these features based on importance
  • TaskIdentify features with less than 70% test coverage
  • TaskDevelop and implement tests to increase coverage
  • Key ResultAchieve 70% code coverage for all new features developed in the next quarter
  • TaskConduct reviews and refactoring sessions to improve coverage
  • TaskImplement mandatory unit tests for all newly developed features
  • TaskMonitor code coverage regularly using suitable tools

4. OKR to enhance the quality of the company's testing process

  • ObjectiveEnhance the quality of the company's testing process
  • Key ResultReduce the number of bugs found post-release by 30%
  • TaskImplement continuous training for the development team
  • TaskDevelop rigorous pre-launch software testing protocols
  • TaskEnhance code review processes and quality checks
  • Key ResultAchieve 95% accuracy rate in every conducted testing
  • TaskReview and refine testing procedures and tools
  • TaskImplement comprehensive training on test protocol
  • TaskConduct regular monitoring and performance evaluation
  • Key ResultImplement two new automated testing tools to streamline process
  • TaskResearch and select two suitable automated testing tools
  • TaskTrain the team on usage and integration of tools
  • TaskPurchase and install chosen automated testing tools

5. OKR to minimize technical debt across all 100 crawlers

  • ObjectiveMinimize technical debt across all 100 crawlers
  • Key ResultReduce the number of crippling bugs by 60% across all active crawlers
  • TaskAllocate more resources for extensive crawler bug testing
  • TaskRoll out regular updates to eliminate known issues
  • TaskImplement rigorous code review before deployment
  • Key ResultDevelop and implement robust refactoring plans for 75% of identified issues
  • TaskImplement refactoring plans across 75% of identified areas
  • TaskIdentify key areas requiring refactoring within the system
  • TaskCreate comprehensive, efficient refactoring plans for these areas
  • Key ResultIdentify and document technical debt in 100% of the crawlers
  • TaskReview all crawler codes to identify technical debt
  • TaskLog debt detail in a central tracking system
  • TaskPrepare a comprehensive technical debt report

6. OKR to achieve consistent delivery of a high-quality application

  • ObjectiveAchieve consistent delivery of a high-quality application
  • Key ResultIncrease weekly cadence of successful application releases by 20%
  • TaskIntegrate automated testing for faster bug detection
  • TaskImplement more efficient software development methodologies
  • TaskEnhance collaboration among development teams
  • Key ResultDecrease application issues reported post-release by 30%
  • TaskImplement a comprehensive quality assurance and testing process
  • TaskPrioritize regular updates and patches post-release
  • TaskEnhance pre-release user acceptance testing
  • Key ResultEnhance user satisfaction ratings on the application by improving it by 25%
  • TaskDevelop and launch new desired features
  • TaskPrioritize and address reported bugs and glitches
  • TaskImplement frequent customer surveys to gather user feedback

7. OKR 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

8. OKR to enhance Quality and Usability of my API

  • ObjectiveEnhance Quality and Usability of my API
  • Key ResultIncrease API response time by 20%
  • TaskImplement efficient and faster algorithms and data structures
  • TaskEvaluate and optimize the existing code for better performance
  • TaskUpgrade server hardware to improve processing speed
  • Key ResultReduce API error rate by 25%
  • TaskIncrease unit tests to capture potential API errors
  • TaskReview and optimize existing API error handling
  • TaskImplement API monitoring tools for real-time tracking
  • Key ResultImplement 100% of planned new API functions and endpoints
  • TaskRelease and document all new API functions
  • TaskDevelop and test all new API functions and endpoints
  • TaskReview the design of planned new API functions and endpoints

9. OKR 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

10. OKR to integrate two applications seamlessly

  • ObjectiveIntegrate two applications seamlessly
  • Key ResultImprove user experience by reducing the average response time by 15%
  • Key ResultIncrease data transfer accuracy between applications by 20%
  • TaskConduct regular performance testing and optimization measures on the applications
  • TaskOptimize network infrastructure for faster and more reliable data transmission
  • TaskImplement data validation checks in the application code
  • TaskImprove error handling and logging mechanism for data transfer failures
  • Key ResultReduce integration errors by implementing automated testing, resulting in a 30% decrease in bugs
  • TaskAnalyze and address the root causes of integration errors to prevent future occurrences
  • TaskRegularly update and maintain the automated test suite to match system changes
  • TaskImplement a continuous integration process to detect integration errors early on
  • TaskDevelop automated tests for integration scenarios to ensure proper functionality
  • Key ResultAchieve a 95% success rate in processing transactions between the integrated applications

11. OKR 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

12. OKR to successfully build a simple React app

  • ObjectiveSuccessfully build a simple React app
  • Key ResultComplete a comprehensive React video course in its entirety
  • TaskChoose a comprehensive React video course
  • TaskActively follow and complete course assignments
  • TaskDedicate daily time for studying the course material
  • Key ResultApply learned knowledge to construct a working React application
  • TaskCode application in React using learned knowledge
  • TaskOutline desired functionality and user interface of the React application
  • TaskTest, debug and refine React application
  • Key ResultDetect and handle at least three software bugs in the developed React application
  • TaskDebug and fix identified software issues
  • TaskTest the application for functionality after the changes
  • TaskIdentify and document problematic areas in the React application

13. OKR to improve code quality through effective code reviews

  • ObjectiveImprove code quality through effective code reviews
  • Key ResultReduce average time taken to complete code reviews
  • TaskSet clear expectations and guidelines for code reviews
  • TaskUse automated tools for code analysis and review to enhance efficiency
  • TaskImplement a peer review process to streamline code reviews
  • TaskProvide regular code review training sessions for team members
  • Key ResultImplement and track improvements in code review feedback incorporation rate
  • TaskConduct a survey to collect feedback from developers on barriers to incorporating code review feedback
  • TaskAnalyze the survey results to identify the common barriers to incorporating code review feedback
  • TaskImplement a tracking system to monitor and measure the improvements in code review feedback incorporation rate
  • TaskDevelop a training program to address the identified barriers and improve feedback incorporation rate
  • Key ResultIncrease team members' satisfaction with code review process
  • Key ResultIncrease average number of bugs caught through code review per week

14. OKR to increase programmer productivity, quality, and happiness through the use of AI Tools

  • ObjectiveIncrease programmer productivity, quality, and happiness through the use of AI Tools
  • Key ResultImprove programmer productivity by decreasing the time spent on repetitive tasks by 15%
  • TaskDevelop standardized templates and guidelines to ensure consistency and eliminate redundant work
  • TaskProvide training to enhance programmers' skills and efficiency in relevant areas
  • TaskImplement task automation tools to eliminate repetitive manual tasks
  • TaskStreamline code review process for quicker feedback and reduced rework time
  • Key ResultIncrease the adoption rate of AI Tools among programmers by 25%
  • Key ResultIncrease code quality by reducing the number of bugs found in production by 20%
  • TaskImplement code reviews and pair programming to catch bugs earlier
  • TaskProvide comprehensive documentation and clear comments throughout the codebase
  • TaskInvest in automated testing tools to identify and prevent bugs more efficiently
  • TaskConduct thorough testing and debugging before deploying code to production
  • Key ResultBoost programmer happiness by increasing their satisfaction score in the quarterly survey by 10%

15. OKR 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

Best practices for managing your Software Quality 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 Quality OKRs

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

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.

More Software Quality 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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