10 OKR examples for Systems Manager

What are Systems Manager 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 Systems Manager 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 Systems Manager OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Systems Manager 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 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

OKRs 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

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

OKRs to successfully migrate to GitLab

  • ObjectiveSuccessfully migrate to GitLab
  • Key ResultComplete migration plan and timeline, including a step-by-step guide for all teams
  • TaskDevelop a detailed timeline with specific milestones and accountable team members
  • TaskCreate a comprehensive step-by-step guide outlining the migration process for all involved teams
  • TaskConduct a thorough analysis and assessment of all existing systems and data
  • TaskCollaborate with relevant teams to identify potential roadblocks and ensure seamless transition
  • Key ResultMigrate 100% of the code repositories and branches from the current system to GitLab
  • Key ResultEnsure all team members are trained and proficient in using GitLab for version control
  • TaskAssign mentors to assist team members in mastering GitLab version control
  • TaskRegularly assess and evaluate team members' proficiency in GitLab usage
  • TaskConduct comprehensive GitLab training for all team members
  • TaskProvide ongoing support and resources to enhance proficiency in GitLab
  • Key ResultAchieve 100% uptime and stability on GitLab platform throughout the migration process
  • TaskCollaborate with the migration team to establish effective communication channels and address concerns promptly
  • TaskConduct thorough testing of the GitLab platform for any potential issues or vulnerabilities
  • TaskPerform regular backups and monitor system logs to proactively identify and address any disruptions
  • TaskImplement redundant systems and failover mechanisms to ensure continuous availability

OKRs to build a process orchestration system

  • ObjectiveImprove process efficiency and effectiveness through an automated orchestration system
  • Key ResultIncrease process scalability by integrating the system with external tools and data sources
  • Key ResultAchieve a 90% reduction in manual errors by implementing automated quality checks and validations
  • TaskDevelop and implement automated quality check systems for error detection and prevention
  • TaskIdentify and analyze existing manual error-prone processes for automation
  • TaskContinuously refine and update automated validation procedures based on feedback and findings
  • TaskConduct regular audits to monitor the effectiveness of automated quality checks
  • Key ResultImprove user satisfaction by maintaining an average response time of less than 5 seconds
  • Key ResultReduce process execution time by 20% through system optimization and streamlined workflows
  • TaskStreamline and automate manual processes to eliminate unnecessary steps and reduce execution time
  • TaskAnalyze system performance bottlenecks to identify areas for optimization and improvement
  • TaskCollaborate with stakeholders to identify and resolve any workflow inefficiencies or bottlenecks
  • TaskPrioritize and implement software upgrades or patches to enhance system efficiency and performance

OKRs to decrease customer issue resolution time by 20%

  • ObjectiveDecrease customer issue resolution time by 20%
  • Key ResultImplement new ticketing system to streamline support process in 4 weeks
  • TaskCreate a system implementation and training plan
  • TaskResearch and select appropriate ticketing system software
  • TaskExecute the plan and monitor its effectiveness
  • Key ResultIncrease first-contact resolution rate to 75% from current rate
  • TaskMonitor and adjust strategies based on resolution rates
  • TaskImplement specialized training to address identified issues
  • TaskAnalyze recent unresolved customer interactions for common issues
  • Key ResultTrain customer support staff in issue escalation and resolution techniques
  • TaskSchedule regular role-play exercises to simulate escalation scenarios
  • TaskConduct a needs assessment for escalation training among support staff
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive training curriculum on issue resolution techniques

OKRs to increase effectiveness of fraud detection systems

  • ObjectiveIncrease effectiveness of fraud detection systems
  • Key ResultTrain staff on improved systems to ensure 100% compliance within the quarter
  • TaskSchedule comprehensive training sessions on improved systems
  • TaskOrganize evaluation to confirm complete compliance
  • TaskMonitor staff progress and address any issues
  • Key ResultReduce false positives rate by 10%
  • TaskImplement machine learning algorithms to improve detection accuracy
  • TaskRegularly review and adjust error thresholds
  • TaskRefine selection criteria and verification policies
  • Key ResultIncrease detection algorithm accuracy by at least 15%
  • TaskRevise existing detection algorithm for improved accuracy
  • TaskImplement more rigorous algorithm testing methods
  • TaskGather comprehensive dataset for better training

OKRs to improve organization's DevOps practices and monitoring systems

  • ObjectiveImprove organization's DevOps practices and monitoring systems
  • Key ResultImplement real-time monitoring for critical systems
  • TaskSet up necessary hardware and infrastructure for real-time monitoring
  • TaskResearch and select a real-time monitoring software solution
  • TaskCreate a checklist of critical systems to be monitored in real-time
  • TaskTrain staff on using the real-time monitoring system and troubleshooting potential issues
  • Key ResultAchieve 99% uptime for all production services
  • TaskImplement automated monitoring systems to detect and resolve service interruptions promptly
  • TaskCreate redundancy in server infrastructure to prevent single points of failure
  • TaskEstablish a robust backup and disaster recovery plan for all production services
  • TaskRegularly schedule and perform maintenance tasks to optimize system performance and stability
  • Key ResultReduce mean time to resolution (MTTR) for incidents by 20%
  • Key ResultIncrease adoption of DevOps practices across all teams
  • TaskImplement automated CI/CD pipelines for faster software delivery
  • TaskEncourage cross-functional collaboration and knowledge sharing between teams
  • TaskRegularly review and optimize existing processes to ensure continuous improvement
  • TaskProvide comprehensive DevOps training for all teams

OKRs to enhance efficiency and accuracy in month end reporting systems

  • ObjectiveEnhance efficiency and accuracy in month end reporting systems
  • Key ResultAchieve 100% on-time delivery of month-end reports through improving project management routines
  • TaskFrequently monitor project progress and adjust as needed
  • TaskImplement training on time management for team members
  • TaskReview and streamline project scheduling and assignment processes
  • Key ResultCut down time spent on month-end reports by 30% by streamlining the process
  • TaskIdentify and eliminate redundant steps in report process
  • TaskIncorporate automated data collection and compilation
  • TaskPrioritize and condense report information
  • Key ResultDecrease month-end reporting errors by 60% through automated data validation
  • TaskSchedule regular system maintenance and audits
  • TaskTrain staff on new validation protocols
  • TaskImplement automated data validation software

OKRs to decommission all identified systems by 2024

  • ObjectiveDecommission all identified systems by 2024
  • Key ResultConduct final review to ensure all decommissioned systems are properly shut down
  • TaskDocument final review findings
  • TaskConfirm cessation of systems via verification protocols
  • TaskIdentify all systems slated for decommission
  • Key ResultSuccessfully decommission 50% of identified systems by end of quarter
  • TaskExecute decommissioning safely and efficiently
  • TaskIdentify essential vs. non-essential systems for business operations
  • TaskDevelop a detailed decommissioning plan and schedule
  • Key ResultComplete inventory of all systems slated for decommission by end of quarter
  • TaskFinalize and document inventory report
  • TaskConduct thorough inventory of these systems
  • TaskIdentify all systems scheduled for decommissioning

Best practices for managing your Systems Manager 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 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 Systems Manager 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 Systems Manager 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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