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4 OKR examples for System Administration Team

What are System Administration 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.

How you write your OKRs can make a huge difference on the impact that your team will have at the end of the quarter. But, it's not always easy to write a quarterly plan that focuses on outcomes instead of projects.

That's why we have created a list of OKRs examples for System Administration Team to help. You can use any of the templates below as a starting point to write your own goals.

If you want to learn more about the framework, you can read our OKR guide online.

Our System Administration Team OKRs examples

You will find in the next section many different System Administration Team 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!

OKRs to streamline DevOps processes for optimized efficiency and reliability

  • ObjectiveStreamline DevOps processes for optimized efficiency and reliability
  • Key ResultReduce deployment downtime by 35% through automation and configuration management
  • TaskImplement automated deployment processes to reduce manual errors
  • TaskConfigure management tools for efficient system administration
  • TaskRegularly update and optimize automation scripts
  • Key ResultImprove incident response time by 20% with enhanced monitoring tools and protocols
  • TaskTrain team on new tools and swift response strategies
  • TaskImplement advanced monitoring tools for quicker incident detection
  • TaskDevelop robust response protocols for urgent incidents
  • Key ResultValidate 100% of codes by implementing a comprehensive continuous integration pipeline
  • TaskImplement a robust continuous integration pipeline
  • TaskInitiate an automated code validation process
  • TaskPeriodically audit pipeline to ensure 100% code validation

OKRs to successfully migrate users

  • ObjectiveSuccessfully migrate users
  • Key ResultAchieve a user migration rate of at least 80% within the designated timeframe
  • Key ResultMinimize user disruptions during the migration process by providing adequate support and resources
  • TaskAssign dedicated support personnel to promptly address any user concerns or questions
  • TaskProvide clear and concise documentation for seamless user guidance
  • TaskConduct thorough training sessions to equip users with necessary skills and knowledge
  • TaskOffer readily accessible technical assistance and troubleshooting resources
  • Key ResultMonitor and analyze user feedback to identify areas for improvement in the migration process
  • TaskSet up a system to collect user feedback on the migration process
  • TaskRegularly review and analyze user feedback data for insights on improvement opportunities
  • TaskIdentify specific areas in the migration process that require immediate attention based on user feedback
  • TaskImplement necessary changes or adjustments to address user feedback and improve the migration process
  • Key ResultIncrease user awareness and understanding of the migration process through targeted communication campaigns
  • TaskOrganize webinars to educate users on the migration process and address their concerns
  • TaskImplement targeted email campaigns highlighting key information and milestones of the migration process
  • TaskDevelop a series of engaging videos showcasing the benefits and steps of the migration process
  • TaskCreate and distribute informative brochures explaining the migration process to all users

OKRs to improve system performance with high uptime and reduced latency

  • ObjectiveImprove system performance with high uptime and reduced latency
  • Key ResultImplement system improvements and updates with zero disruption to live services
  • TaskDevelop seamless transition protocols for system updates
  • TaskAllocate resources for system monitoring post-update
  • TaskTest improvements extensively before implementation
  • Key ResultIncrease system uptime to 99.9% across all services
  • TaskImplement regular preventative system maintenance
  • TaskEstablish a rapid-response systems support team
  • TaskEnhance server redundancy and backups measures
  • Key ResultReduce average server latency by 20%
  • TaskUpdate and optimize server software for enhanced speed
  • TaskRemove unnecessary processes to reduce server load
  • TaskImplement a load balancing solution for improved server response

OKRs to improve Access control, management, and automation efforts

  • ObjectiveImprove Access control, management, and automation efforts
  • Key ResultDecrease access control approval cycle time by 15% with efficient automation application
  • TaskMeasure and adjust automation efficiency to hit the 15% reduction target
  • TaskIdentify bottlenecks in the current access control approval process
  • TaskImplement an automation software to streamline approval tasks
  • Key ResultImplement automation in 2 new critical systems, preparing for 1 click deployment
  • TaskTest one-click deployment and resolve issues
  • TaskDevelop automation scripts for the identified systems
  • TaskIdentify two critical systems suitable for automation
  • Key ResultReduce manual intervention in access management processes by 20% using automation
  • TaskMonitor system regularly to ensure automated processes are working efficiently
  • TaskTrain staff on utilizing automation features for access management
  • TaskImplement automated access management software in the system

Best practices for managing your System Administration 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

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 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 System Administration 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 System Administration Team OKRs

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 System Administration Team 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.