8 customisable OKR examples for Software Test Engineer

What are Software Test 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 Test 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 customisable Software Test Engineer OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Software Test Engineer 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 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

2OKRs 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

3OKRs to enhance quality control testing effectiveness

  • ObjectiveEnhance quality control testing effectiveness
  • Key ResultDecrease defects found post-release by 20%
  • TaskIncorporate more rigorous beta testing phases
  • TaskImprove training for software developers
  • TaskImplement thorough quality assurance procedures
  • Key ResultInitiate 100% of staff into new quality-control training program
  • TaskCreate an informative and engaging training schedule
  • TaskIdentify and list all staff requiring the new training
  • TaskBegin rollout of quality-control training to all staff
  • Key ResultIncrease test coverage rate to 90%
  • TaskIdentify areas of the code lacking sufficient testing
  • TaskImplement and regularly update tests to maintain coverage
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive, relevant tests for those areas

4OKRs 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

5OKRs 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

6OKRs 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

7OKRs 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

8OKRs 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

Software Test Engineer 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 Test Engineer OKRs in a strategy map

Your quarterly OKRs should be tracked weekly in order to get all the benefits of the OKRs 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 Test Engineer 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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