13 customisable OKR examples for Software Testing

What are Software Testing 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 Testing 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 Testing OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Software Testing 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 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

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 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

4. 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

5. OKR to ensure smooth migration of on-prem applications to cloud setup

  • ObjectiveEnsure smooth migration of on-prem applications to cloud setup
  • Key ResultEnsure zero critical post-migration issues in the final month of the quarter
  • TaskImplement a rigorous software testing process post-migration
  • TaskConduct daily briefs to discuss potential issues
  • TaskSchedule weekly system performance evaluations
  • Key ResultFinalize a comprehensive migration plan with defined roles and responsibilities by week 2
  • TaskIdentify and assign roles and responsibilities to team members
  • TaskCreate a comprehensive migration plan
  • TaskReview and finalize the migration plan by week 2
  • Key ResultAchieve successful migration of 70% of identified applications by week 8
  • TaskIdentify critical applications for migration prioritization by week 2
  • TaskAchieve 70% migration of applications by the end of week 8
  • TaskInitiate migration process of identified applications by week 4

6. OKR 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

7. OKR to master JavaScript fundamentals and apply them in real-life coding projects

  • ObjectiveMaster JavaScript fundamentals and apply them in real-life coding projects
  • Key ResultParticipate in at least one coding challenge or competition focused on JavaScript
  • Key ResultComplete online JavaScript course with a score of 90% or higher
  • TaskRegularly practice writing JavaScript code and complete coding exercises provided in the course
  • TaskEnroll in the online JavaScript course and familiarize yourself with the curriculum
  • TaskSet aside dedicated study time each day to consistently work through the course materials
  • TaskTake the practice quizzes and review any areas of weakness to ensure understanding
  • Key ResultDevelop and deploy a functional JavaScript application independently
  • TaskIdentify user requirements and define the scope of the JavaScript application
  • TaskDeploy the JavaScript application on the desired platform and perform final testing
  • TaskWrite and test the JavaScript code to ensure the application's functionality
  • TaskDesign and prototype the application's user interface and functionality
  • Key ResultContribute to an open-source JavaScript project by submitting at least two pull requests
  • TaskFork the project repository and branch off to make changes for the pull requests
  • TaskSubmit the pull requests with clear documentation and thorough explanation of the changes
  • TaskFind an open-source JavaScript project on platforms like GitHub or GitLab
  • TaskIdentify two areas for improvement or new features in the chosen project

8. OKR to improve performance testing for V2 services

  • ObjectiveImprove performance testing for V2 services
  • Key ResultIncrease the successful pass rate of performance tests to 95% from existing results
  • TaskDevelop and implement a targeted improvement plan for testing
  • TaskConduct regular training sessions for performance test takers
  • TaskContinuously review and update testing techniques
  • Key ResultDevelop a comprehensive test strategy addressing all aspects of V2 services by week 4
  • TaskDevelop a detailed plan for testing each aspect
  • TaskSchedule testing stages within first 4 weeks
  • TaskIdentify key aspects and potential risks of V2 services
  • Key ResultReduce the average run-time for performance tests by 20% compared to current timings
  • TaskImplement more efficient testing algorithms and techniques
  • TaskUpgrade testing hardware or software to improve speed
  • TaskIdentify and eliminate bottlenecks in the current performance test process

9. OKR to develop a cloud-based SAAS loyalty product

  • ObjectiveDevelop a cloud-based SAAS loyalty product
  • Key ResultComplete backend development process meeting 95% of the defined specifications
  • TaskDevelop and test backend according to specifications
  • TaskFinalize defined specifications for backend development process
  • TaskConduct reviews and adjust code to meet 95% specification accuracy
  • Key ResultSuccessfully launch a beta version with less than 3% defects reported
  • TaskPrioritize and swiftly address reported defects
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive testing procedures for beta version
  • TaskProvide effective channels for reporting software defects
  • Key ResultFinalize system specifications and required features by interviewing 20 potential users
  • TaskIdentify and contact 20 potential system users for interviews
  • TaskConduct interviews to finalize system specifications
  • TaskFinalize required features based on user feedback

10. OKR 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

11. OKR to improve test coverage and automation for proactive debt remediation

  • ObjectiveIncrease test coverage and automation to enhance proactive debt remediation
  • Key ResultImplement end-to-end testing to validate entire debt remediation process
  • Key ResultAchieve 100% coverage for high-risk debt remediation scenarios
  • Key ResultReduce manual effort by 50% through automation of debt remediation tasks
  • Key ResultIncrease debt remediation efficacy by 25% through data-driven testing and analysis

12. OKR to achieve proficiency in full-stack development with nestjs, React, and dynamodb

  • ObjectiveAchieve proficiency in full-stack development with nestjs, React, and dynamodb
  • Key ResultComplete a comprehensive course on nestjs with a test score of 85% or above
  • TaskIdentify and enroll in a comprehensive NestJS course
  • TaskComplete all course modules and perform regular revisions
  • TaskPractice and prepare thoroughly for the test
  • Key ResultDevelop a complex application module using React ensuring no major bugs
  • TaskDesign a detailed plan for the React application module
  • TaskPerform rigorous testing and debugging
  • TaskDevelop the module thoroughly following outlined plan
  • Key ResultSuccessfully implement 2 relevant dynamodb projects with optimal performance and efficiency
  • TaskDefine project goals, scope and criteria for optimized DynamoDB usage
  • TaskDesign, develop and debug the DynamoDB projects
  • TaskTest, optimize, and launch the projects

13. OKR 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 Testing 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 Testing 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 Testing 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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