3 customisable OKR examples for Solution Architecture

What are Solution Architecture 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 Solution Architecture 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 Solution Architecture OKRs examples

You will find in the next section many different Solution Architecture Objectives and Key Results. We've included strategic initiatives in our templates to give you a better idea of the different between the key results (how we measure progress), and the initiatives (what we do to achieve the results).

Hope you'll find this helpful!

1. OKR to design a comprehensive solution architecture for in-house projects

  • ObjectiveDesign a comprehensive solution architecture for in-house projects
  • Key ResultPresent and gain approval for solution architecture from key stakeholders, including management and IT teams
  • TaskPrepare comprehensive presentation detailing solution architecture
  • TaskSchedule meeting with stakeholders and IT team
  • TaskPresent solution architecture, seeking approval
  • Key ResultDevelop detailed solution architecture that aligns with business objectives and enables scalability
  • TaskDesign a detailed solution architecture blueprint
  • TaskEnsure alignment between architecture and business goals
  • TaskIdentify business objectives and scalability requirements
  • Key ResultConduct thorough analysis of current systems and requirements to identify gaps and needs
  • TaskReview current systems and requirements for accuracy and efficiency
  • TaskIdentify gaps within existing systems and requirements
  • TaskDetermine future needs based on identified gaps

2. OKR to define S4 HANA's Transportation Management Solution Architecture

  • ObjectiveDefine S4 HANA's Transportation Management Solution Architecture
  • Key ResultIdentify and document all functional requirements for the solution by end of week 6
  • TaskList all anticipated functional requirements for the solution
  • TaskCreate a detailed document outlining these requirements
  • TaskComplete documentation process by end of week 6
  • Key ResultComplete architectural design to meet identified requirements by week 8
  • TaskDraft initial architectural design based on requirements
  • TaskComplete and review final architectural design by week 8
  • TaskFinalize identified requirements for architectural design
  • Key ResultValidate design through a prototype achieving 95% requirement coverage by week 12
  • TaskCreate a detailed design prototype based on project requirements
  • TaskAdjust design and prototype as needed by week 12
  • TaskConduct prototype testing ensuring 95% requirement coverage

3. OKR to enhance cloud architecture expertise and expand project portfolio

  • ObjectiveEnhance cloud architecture expertise and expand project portfolio
  • Key ResultObtain advanced certification in cloud architecture
  • TaskSchedule and take the cloud architecture certification exam
  • TaskEnroll in study courses or training programs for the certification
  • TaskResearch potential certifications in cloud architecture and their requirements
  • Key ResultLead training sessions on cloud architecture best practices for team members
  • TaskSchedule regular training sessions for team members
  • TaskIdentify topics and develop training curriculum on cloud architecture
  • TaskEvaluate team members' understanding post-training
  • Key ResultSuccessfully implement five cloud solutions for clients
  • TaskMonitor and adjust strategies for optimal performance
  • TaskIdentify suitable cloud solutions for client's specific needs
  • TaskDevelop custom implementation strategies for each client

Best practices for managing your Solution Architecture 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

The #1 role of OKRs is to help you and your team focus on what really matters. Business-as-usual activities will still be happening, but you do not need to track your entire roadmap in the 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

Don't fall into the set-and-forget trap. It is important to adopt a weekly check-in process to get the full value of your OKRs and make your strategy agile – otherwise this is nothing more than a reporting exercise.

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 Solution Architecture 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 Solution Architecture 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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