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8 OKR examples for System Performance

What are System Performance 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 Performance 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 Performance OKRs examples

We've added many examples of System Performance 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!

OKRs to enhance performance testing for v2 services

  • ObjectiveEnhance performance testing for v2 services
  • Key ResultImprove system ability to handle peak load by 30%
  • TaskOptimize current system code for better efficiency
  • TaskImplement load balancing techniques across the servers
  • TaskIncrease server capacity to handle increased load
  • Key ResultIdentify and reduce service response time by 20%
  • TaskAnalyze current service response times
  • TaskImplement solutions to enhance service speed by 20%
  • TaskIdentify bottlenecks and inefficiencies in service delivery
  • Key ResultAchieve 100% test coverage for all v2 services
  • TaskImplement and run newly developed tests
  • TaskIdentify and create additional tests needed
  • TaskReview current test coverage for all v2 services

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 implement a robust performance measurement system

  • ObjectiveImplement a robust performance measurement system
  • Key ResultConduct a pilot run and fix any identified issue by week 12
  • TaskConduct the pilot run during week 11
  • TaskIdentify and solve any issues by week 12
  • TaskFinalize the pilot run procedure by end of week 10
  • Key ResultDevelop automated processes for tracking these indicators by week 8
  • TaskIdentify necessary indicators for automation by week 2
  • TaskImplement and test automation process by week 7
  • TaskDesign automation process for tracking indicators by week 5
  • Key ResultIdentify and define 10 key performance indicators for system by week 4
  • TaskFinalize and define selected KPIs by week 4
  • TaskReview system functions and operation by week 1
  • TaskIdentify 10 potential performance indicators by week 2

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 optimize the Performance of BBPS v2 flows

  • ObjectiveOptimize the Performance of BBPS v2 flows
  • Key ResultDecrease average transaction processing time by 15%
  • TaskInvest in faster, more efficient processing technology
  • TaskTrain employees to streamline transaction handling
  • TaskIdentify slow steps in the current transaction process
  • Key ResultIdentify and resolve at least 90% of system bottlenecks impacting performance
  • TaskDevelop a strategy to address identified bottlenecks
  • TaskImplement the strategy and monitor system performance
  • TaskConduct an extensive audit to identify system bottlenecks
  • Key ResultImprove system's throughput to process minimum 10% more transactions per hour
  • TaskOptimize transaction processing algorithms
  • TaskUpgrade server hardware to handle more transactions
  • TaskIncrease system's bandwidth capacity

OKRs to enhance the efficiency and accuracy of our web crawler

  • ObjectiveEnhance the efficiency and accuracy of our web crawler
  • Key ResultImprove data accuracy to successfully capture 95% of web content
  • TaskUpgrade data capturing tools to capture wider web content
  • TaskRegularly train staff on data accuracy techniques
  • TaskImplement stringent data validation protocols in the system
  • Key ResultIncrease crawl rate by 30% while maintaining current system stability
  • TaskOptimize the crawler algorithm for efficiency
  • TaskUpgrade server capacity to handle increased crawl rate
  • TaskRegularly monitor system performance
  • Key ResultReduce false-positive crawl results by 15%
  • TaskOptimize web crawling algorithms for better accuracy
  • TaskImplement quality control checks on crawled data
  • TaskIncrease sample size for reviewing accuracy

OKRs to minimize application downtime to improve performance

  • ObjectiveMinimize application downtime to improve performance
  • Key ResultAdvance our response time for outages to within an hour of occurrence
  • TaskTrain staff in rapid response protocols
  • TaskSchedule regular checks of system uptime
  • TaskImplement automated outage detection software
  • Key ResultImplement automatic failover for no more than 5% downtime per incident
  • TaskIdentify and establish appropriate failover configuration needs
  • TaskConduct testing to ensure less than 5% downtime
  • TaskImplement automatic failover system in existing architecture
  • Key ResultConduct bi-weekly maintenance checks to spot potential errors upfront
  • TaskDocument and analyze check results for errors
  • TaskPerform regular system diagnostics every two weeks
  • TaskCreate a bi-weekly maintenance check schedule

OKRs to implement successful project tracking and KPI definition system

  • ObjectiveImplement successful project tracking and KPI definition system
  • Key ResultDevelop a comprehensive tracking system to monitor project outcomes by week 6
  • TaskDesign a comprehensive tracking system architecture
  • TaskIdentify key project outcomes for weekly tracking
  • TaskImplement the tracking system by the 6th week
  • Key ResultAchieve 90% of project KPI targets by the end of the quarter
  • TaskReview all current project KPIs and identify areas of improvement
  • TaskMonitor and adjust those strategies regularly
  • TaskDevelop strategies to enhance performance in underachieving areas
  • Key ResultEstablish detailed success criteria for 3 major projects by week 4
  • TaskDevelop detailed criteria for each project
  • TaskIdentify 3 major projects needing success criteria
  • TaskSet and confirm criteria by week 4

Best practices for managing your System Performance 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 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 Performance 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 Performance 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 Performance 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.