15 customisable OKR examples for System Development Team

What are System Development 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 Development 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.

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Our customisable System Development Team OKRs examples

You will find in the next section many different System Development 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!

1. OKR to implement an Automated Patching Process

  • ObjectiveImplement an Automated Patching Process
  • Key ResultIdentify and document the current patching process by end of week 2
  • TaskUpdate and finalize the patch documentation
  • TaskIdentify gaps and areas for improvement
  • TaskReview the existing patching process documentation
  • Key ResultDevelop and test the automated patching system by week 6
  • TaskDesign the blueprint for the automated patching system
  • TaskConduct thorough testing of the system
  • TaskDevelop the automated patching system
  • Key ResultDeploy the automation system and resolve 95% of patching issues independently by week 8
  • TaskInstall and configure the automation system
  • TaskDevelop an autocorrect feature for patching issues
  • TaskIndependently resolve 95% patch errors
  • Key ResultEstablish requirements for the automated patching system by week 4
  • TaskDetermine the system's security requirements
  • TaskDefine the system compatibility and integration needs
  • TaskIdentify necessary features for the automated patching system

2. OKR 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

3. OKR to implement CX platform (Service Now)

  • ObjectiveImplement CX platform (Service Now)
  • Key ResultCustomize Service Now to meet business needs
  • TaskDevelop configuration plan to address identified business needs
  • TaskImplement and test changes in Service Now setup
  • TaskIdentify specific business needs lacking in current Service Now configuration
  • Key ResultSuccessfully launch Service Now for all departments
  • TaskImplement a company-wide communication strategy
  • TaskEnsure adequate technical support is available post-launch
  • TaskArrange comprehensive training sessions for all departmental employees
  • Key ResultTrain all relevant team members on using Service Now effectively
  • TaskIdentify team members that require Service Now training
  • TaskMonitor and assess team members' post-training proficiency
  • TaskArrange training sessions on using Service Now

4. OKR to centralize prospecting features within a singular client intelligence hub

  • ObjectiveCentralize prospecting features within a singular client intelligence hub
  • Key ResultIncrease active user count in consolidated platform by 30%
  • TaskImplement a robust marketing strategy to attract new users
  • TaskDevelop engaging user content to retain current users
  • TaskImprove user interface for enhanced user experience
  • Key ResultImprove system usability by reducing feedback-reported issues by 50%
  • TaskEnhance system testing before product releases
  • TaskPrioritize and resolve critical feedback-reported system issues
  • TaskInitiate regular user experience reviews and adjustments
  • Key ResultConsolidate all prospecting tools into single platform by end of quarter
  • TaskMigrate all tools to chosen platform
  • TaskEvaluate and select suitable platform
  • TaskIdentify features needs and requirements for a unified platform

5. OKR to enhance overall Identity and Access Management system

  • ObjectiveEnhance overall Identity and Access Management system
  • Key ResultIncrease employee training on access management protocols by 80%
  • TaskAllocate time for employees to complete training
  • TaskImplement mandatory participation in training sessions
  • TaskDevelop detailed access management training sessions
  • Key ResultReduce unauthorized access incidents by 50%
  • TaskConduct regular cybersecurity awareness training
  • TaskImplement two-factor authentication for all system users
  • TaskRegularly audit system access and permissions
  • Key ResultImplement Multi-Factor Authentication for all employees by 70%
  • TaskMigrate 70% of employees across to this new security protocol
  • TaskIdentify all systems requiring enhanced Multi-Factor Authentication security measures
  • TaskConduct training sessions on Multi-Factor Authentication usage

6. OKR to implement a superior client-centric service system

  • ObjectiveImplement a superior client-centric service system
  • Key ResultConduct 3 diverse client focus groups to gather feedback on system usability
  • TaskAnalyze feedback for system usability improvements
  • TaskIdentify three diverse client groups for participation
  • TaskPlan and organize focus group sessions
  • Key ResultDesign and build a user-friendly service system prototype within 4 weeks
  • TaskSketch initial system design, focusing on user-friendly aspects
  • TaskGather necessary resources for prototype construction
  • TaskBuild and test the service system prototype
  • Key ResultAchieve 90% positive user feedback on improved client engagement by end of quarter
  • TaskRegularly review and act on feedback obtained from users
  • TaskProvide ongoing customer service training for staff
  • TaskDevelop and implement effective client communication strategies

7. OKR to successfully implement the "asdf" system

  • ObjectiveSuccessfully implement the "asdf" system
  • Key ResultAchieve 70% completion of "asdf" coding tasks by Week 9
  • TaskPrioritize most complex coding tasks to complete first
  • TaskRegularly assess weekly progress and adjust workload if necessary
  • TaskAllocate daily hours specifically for ASDF coding tasks
  • Key ResultConduct satisfactory testing and fix all major bugs by Week 12
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive test plans by Week 10
  • TaskDebug and fix major errors by Week 12
  • TaskCarry out rigorous testing by Week 11
  • Key ResultComplete system design documentation by end of Week 4
  • TaskReview, edit and finalize design documentation
  • TaskDraft the initial system design document
  • TaskOutline desired structure and content for design documentation

8. OKR to develop a comprehensive observability platform that exceeds industry standards

  • ObjectiveDevelop a comprehensive observability platform that exceeds industry standards
  • Key ResultIncrease data collection efficiency by 30% through optimized instrumentation and monitoring agents
  • Key ResultIncrease user satisfaction by 20% through an intuitive and user-friendly interface
  • TaskStreamline navigation by simplifying menus and reducing the number of clicks
  • TaskProvide clear and concise instructions to guide users through the interface effectively
  • TaskRevise interface design based on user feedback and usability best practices
  • TaskConduct user testing to identify pain points and areas for improvement
  • Key ResultImprove system reliability by reducing incidents and downtime by 25%
  • TaskEnhance employee training on system operations and troubleshooting techniques
  • TaskImplement proactive monitoring to detect and fix issues before they cause incidents
  • TaskConduct regular system maintenance and updates to prevent potential downtime
  • TaskEstablish backup and disaster recovery protocols for quick restoration in case of incidents
  • Key ResultAchieve 95% platform uptime to ensure continuous real-time observability for users

9. OKR to develop comprehensive USB chip for government use

  • ObjectiveDevelop comprehensive USB chip for government use
  • Key ResultFinalize chip design and specifications by testing 5 different iterations
  • TaskEvaluate test results and finalize chip design and specifications
  • TaskConduct thorough testing on each design iteration
  • TaskCreate 5 different chip design iterations for testing
  • Key ResultManufacture a batch of 500 fully functioning and quality-assured chips
  • TaskArrange raw materials and necessary manufacturing machinery
  • TaskDesign technical specifications and blueprint for the chip
  • TaskImplement robust quality control inspections post-production
  • Key ResultAccomplish 100% successful installation in government systems without data breach incidences
  • TaskMonitor the installation process extensively for any unauthorized access
  • TaskConduct regular system audits to identify potential weaknesses post-installation
  • TaskImplement robust security protocols before installation commences

10. OKR to improve software system design and logging framework expertise

  • ObjectiveImprove software system design and logging framework expertise
  • Key ResultCollaborate with senior engineers on at least two software design reviews and provide valuable insights
  • TaskPrepare for software design reviews by doing research and gathering relevant information
  • TaskActively participate in software design reviews by asking questions and offering suggestions
  • TaskSchedule meetings with senior engineers to discuss software design reviews
  • TaskDocument and share valuable insights and suggestions with senior engineers after the reviews
  • Key ResultConduct research on best practices and emerging trends in software system design
  • TaskEngage in discussions with industry experts and peers to gather insights on software system design best practices
  • TaskReview industry publications and online resources for current best practices in software system design
  • TaskAttend relevant conferences and webinars to stay updated on emerging trends in software system design
  • TaskSet up alerts and notifications for research papers and articles on software system design
  • Key ResultImplement logging framework in one project and analyze its effectiveness
  • TaskDefine and implement the desired log messages and their respective levels
  • TaskIntegrate the chosen logging framework into the project's codebase
  • TaskResearch and choose a suitable logging framework for the project
  • TaskAnalyze and measure the impact of the logging framework on project performance and debugging processes
  • Key ResultSuccessfully complete online course on software system design with a passing grade

11. OKR to deliver an excellent product with seamless usability

  • ObjectiveDeliver an excellent product with seamless usability
  • Key ResultImprove system stability to achieve 99.99% uptime
  • TaskConstruct redundancy for critical system components
  • TaskEstablish a continuous system monitoring process
  • TaskImplement regular system maintenance and updates
  • Key ResultIncrease simulated user testing success rate to over 95%
  • TaskImprove software testing tools or environment
  • TaskImplement quality assurance strategies and improvements
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive test cases centered on user behavior
  • Key ResultReduce customer-reported issues by 30% post product launch
  • TaskImplement thorough product testing before the launch
  • TaskCreate clear, comprehensive user guides and tutorials
  • TaskEnhance the post-launch customer support system

12. OKR to externalize authorization models from monolith

  • ObjectiveExternalize authorization models from monolith
  • Key ResultIdentify and list all authorization models by Week 2
  • TaskFinalize and submit the list by Week 2
  • TaskResearch various types of authorization models
  • TaskCatalogue each identified authorization model in a list
  • Key ResultSuccessfully migrate at least 90% of authorization models to the external component by Week 10
  • TaskMap current authorization models to the external component
  • TaskDevelop a detailed migration plan
  • TaskExecute migration and verify success rate
  • Key ResultDesign and develop a separate external component for authorization models by Week 6
  • TaskIdentify necessary features for authorization component
  • TaskDesign a prototype of the authorization component
  • TaskDevelop and test the authorization component

13. OKR to enhance DevOps operations and efficiency

  • ObjectiveEnhance DevOps operations and efficiency
  • Key ResultReduce code deployment downtime by 30% through improved deployment practices
  • TaskImplement continuous integration and deployment systems
  • TaskIncrease automated testing before deployment
  • TaskSimplify deployment procedures
  • Key ResultImprove system uptime by 20% by optimizing automation processes
  • TaskMonitor changes and adjust strategies accordingly
  • TaskEvaluate current system uptime and identify weak points in automation processes
  • TaskDevelop and implement improvements in automation procedures
  • Key ResultAchieve certification in two additional DevOps management tools to broaden technical skills
  • TaskStudy and pass the certification exams
  • TaskResearch and choose two DevOps management tools for certification
  • TaskEnroll in certification courses for the chosen tools

14. OKR to optimize ManageEngine for efficient patching and software deployment

  • ObjectiveOptimize ManageEngine for efficient patching and software deployment
  • Key ResultIncrease software deployment success rate on ManageEngine by 30%
  • TaskImplement comprehensive pre-deployment testing procedures
  • TaskConduct regular team training on deployment best practices
  • TaskEnhance error handling and recovery mechanisms
  • Key ResultDecrease patch implementation errors on ManageEngine by 25%
  • TaskImplement comprehensive patch testing before deployment
  • TaskEnhance staff training regarding ManageEngine
  • TaskReview and refine existing patch management processes
  • Key ResultImprove ManageEngine's deployment time by reducing it by 20%
  • TaskImplement automated deployment tools to streamline the process
  • TaskOptimize current scripts for quicker software deployment
  • TaskContinually monitor and fine-tune deployment mechanisms

15. OKR to enhance maturity and capabilities of Product Owners

  • ObjectiveEnhance maturity and capabilities of Product Owners
  • Key ResultImplement peer-based feedback system to improve Product Owners' performance
  • TaskDesign a structured and anonymous peer-review feedback form
  • TaskIntegrate peer-review feedback system into performance evaluations
  • TaskTrain Product Owners on giving and receiving feedback
  • Key ResultIncrease Product Owners' certification rate by 30%
  • TaskSchedule regular certification exam preparation sessions
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive in-house owners' certification training program
  • TaskImplement incentives for achieving certification
  • Key ResultConduct 2 advanced level training sessions for all Product Owners
  • TaskPrepare comprehensive materials for two sessions
  • TaskSchedule and conduct two advanced training sessions
  • TaskIdentify topics relevant to advanced Product Owner training

Best practices for managing your System Development 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 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 System Development Team 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 System Development Team OKR templates

We have more templates to help you draft your team goals and OKRs.

OKRs resources

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