3 OKR examples for Solution Design Team

What are Solution Design Team 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 Design Team 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 more about the OKR meaning online.

Best practices for managing your Solution Design Team 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

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 the weekly 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 below). 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.

Building your own Solution Design Team OKRs with AI

While we have some examples below, it's likely that you'll have specific scenarios that aren't covered here. There are 2 options available to you.

Best way to track your Solution Design Team 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

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.

Solution Design Team OKRs templates

We've covered most of the things that you need to know about setting good OKRs and tracking them effectively. It's now time to give you a series of templates that you can use for inspiration!

You'll find below a list of Objectives and Key Results templates for Solution Design Team. 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!

OKRs to enhance application design by solution architect review

  • ObjectiveEnhance application design by solution architect review
  • Key ResultConduct in-depth analysis of current application design flaws
  • TaskAnalyze identified flaws and their impacts on user experience
  • TaskIdentify potential areas of improvement in the application design
  • TaskDevelop a plan to address and fix noted design flaws
  • Key ResultCollaborate with development team to propose and implement design improvements
  • TaskDraft proposed design improvements for team review
  • TaskOversee implementation of agreed-upon design changes
  • TaskOrganize meeting with development team to discuss design enhancements
  • Key ResultTrack and evaluate impact of design changes on overall system performance
  • TaskAnalyze and document performance variations tied to design changes
  • TaskMonitor system performance before and after design changes implementation
  • TaskRun system testing for evaluating design modifications' effectiveness

OKRs 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

OKRs to elevate the quality and impact of design solutions

  • ObjectiveElevate the quality and impact of design solutions
  • Key ResultSecure positive feedback on design improvements from 90% of project stakeholders
  • TaskCreate a stakeholder survey to collect feedback on improvements
  • TaskImplement design improvements based on stakeholder feedback
  • TaskDiscuss feedback results with stakeholders, making necessary adjustments
  • Key ResultComplete and apply comprehensive brand guidelines to at least 3 projects
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive brand guidelines based on company values and aesthetics
  • TaskIncorporate and apply brand guidelines to each project
  • TaskAssign the guidelines to three specific projects
  • Key ResultAchieve a 15% improvement in user experience scores for all projects
  • TaskTrain staff in advanced UX/UI design principles
  • TaskImplement user feedback for continuous product improvement
  • TaskRegularly test and optimize website speed and responsiveness

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