7 customisable OKR examples for System Testing

What are System Testing 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 Testing 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 Testing OKRs examples

You will find in the next section many different System Testing 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 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

3. OKR to reduce the frequency of rollbacks following system releases

  • ObjectiveReduce the frequency of rollbacks following system releases
  • Key ResultInitiate feedback loop to understand and rectify 100% of rollback reasons each release
  • TaskImplement regular meetings to review and analyze rollback reasons
  • TaskDevelop and execute improvement strategies to rectify rollback issues
  • TaskIdentify and document all rollback reasons from the latest release
  • Key ResultImplement monitoring checks to catch 90% of release issues within first 48 hours
  • TaskDevelop and implement automated system checks
  • TaskEstablish quick and efficient incident response procedures
  • TaskDefine key functionality areas for intense monitoring post release
  • Key ResultDecrease rollbacks by 20% through improving pre-release testing protocols
  • TaskTrain team on advanced testing strategies
  • TaskIncrease frequency of software testing cycles
  • TaskImplement strict pre-release testing protocols

4. 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

5. OKR to implement a robust chaos testing system in our production environment

  • ObjectiveImplement a robust chaos testing system in our production environment
  • Key ResultAchieve 90% system resilience score post chaos testing and fixing identified vulnerabilities
  • TaskDevelop resolutions for identified system weaknesses
  • TaskMeasure system resilience post-fix, aiming for 90% score
  • TaskImplement chaos testing to identify system vulnerabilities
  • Key ResultIdentify and document 10 potential points of system failure by month-end
  • TaskCompile findings into comprehensive document
  • TaskReview system for possible vulnerabilities or weaknesses
  • TaskRecord 10 potential failure points
  • Key ResultDevelop and deploy chaos experiments to simulate 50% of identified points of failure
  • TaskImplement and execute the chaos experiments
  • TaskDesign chaos experiments to simulate these failures
  • TaskIdentify the key potential failure points in the system

6. OKR to successfully launch a new B2B voice over IP platform

  • ObjectiveSuccessfully launch a new B2B voice over IP platform
  • Key ResultAchieve 90% bug-free functionality through extensive pre-launch testing
  • TaskContinuously monitor and record test results
  • TaskTrain dedicated team for debugging and error resolution
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive pre-launch testing protocol
  • Key ResultDrive user sign-ups with initial target of acquiring 500 new businesses
  • TaskDesign promotional campaigns highlighting benefits of signing up
  • TaskInitiate strategic partnerships for user referrals
  • TaskOptimize website for seamless registration process
  • Key ResultSecure partnerships with at least three major B2B corporations for platform use
  • TaskArrange and conduct meetings to pitch proposals
  • TaskIdentify and research potential B2B corporate partners
  • TaskDevelop and tailor partnership proposals

7. OKR to successfully migrate virtual machines from Linux 7 to Linux 8

  • ObjectiveSuccessfully migrate virtual machines from Linux 7 to Linux 8
  • Key ResultComplete 100% migration with zero post-migration issues within 60 days
  • TaskAllocate resources for pre and post-migration testing
  • TaskEnsure end-user training for new system adaptations
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive migration plan with clear deadlines
  • Key ResultIdentify and document all potential compatibility issues by end of week 2
  • TaskReview all systems and software for potential compatibility issues
  • TaskFinalize and submit issue documentation by end of week 2
  • TaskDocument identified compatibility problems with detailed descriptions
  • Key ResultSuccessfully move and test 50% of all virtual machines inside 30 days
  • TaskConduct thorough testing on moved virtual machines
  • TaskIdentify and catalog all virtual machines for relocation
  • TaskExecute the migration process for 50% of cataloged systems

Best practices for managing your System Testing 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 πŸ‘‡

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 Testing 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

Most teams should start with a spreadsheet if they're using OKRs for the first time. Then, once you get comfortable you can graduate to a proper OKRs-tracking tool.

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 Testing 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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