15 OKR examples for Systems Team

What are Systems 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 Systems 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 Systems Team OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Systems Team 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 consolidate and streamline server infrastructure

  • ObjectiveConsolidate and streamline server infrastructure
  • Key ResultCreate comprehensive upgrade plan for remaining servers
  • TaskAnalyze necessary improvements for each server
  • TaskIdentify all servers that require an upgrade
  • TaskSketch a detailed upgrade timeline
  • Key ResultImplement updated server technology in 40% of systems
  • TaskIdentify the systems suitable for updated server technology
  • TaskCommence 40% system upgrade with updated server technology
  • TaskPrepare servers for technology upgrades in chosen systems
  • Key ResultReduce active servers by 15% without impacting performance
  • TaskExecute server consolidation without affecting user experience
  • TaskIdentify least-occupied servers and potential consolidation opportunities
  • TaskMonitor server performance regularly post-consolidation

OKRs to successful Exchange and Migration of Server Systems

  • ObjectiveSuccessful Exchange and Migration of Server Systems
  • Key ResultConduct a thorough inventory and categorize all existing servers by end of Week 1
  • TaskComplete inventory by end of Week 1
  • TaskCompile a comprehensive list of all existing servers
  • TaskCategorize servers based on their function
  • Key ResultMigrate 50% of identified servers without causing any system downtime by Week 6
  • TaskExecute migration plan during off-peak hours to avoid downtime
  • TaskIdentify non-essential servers for initial migration to minimize potential impact
  • TaskDevelop and test migration strategy for selected servers
  • Key ResultComplete the migration and ensure all systems are fully functional and optimized by Week 12
  • TaskConduct thorough testing on all systems
  • TaskOptimize system functionality by Week 12
  • TaskFinish the migration process by Week 12

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 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

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 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 successfully migrate admin application to existing platform

  • ObjectiveSuccessfully migrate admin application to existing platform
  • Key ResultTrain all users on the new platform to ensure smooth transition
  • TaskMonitor user experience for further improvements
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive training materials on the new platform
  • TaskOrganize training sessions for all users
  • Key ResultComplete data migration without any loss or errors
  • TaskPerform a full backup of all existing data
  • TaskVerify and validate migrated data
  • TaskUse reliable software to conduct data migration
  • Key ResultUpdate all functionalities to align with existing platform requirements
  • TaskIdentify and note necessary updates for functionalities
  • TaskReview current platform requirements thoroughly
  • TaskImplement and test functionality updates

OKRs to enhance capabilities for physical security systems management

  • ObjectiveEnhance capabilities for physical security systems management
  • Key ResultImplement the integration of 2 new features in existing security systems
  • TaskTrain staff on feature usage and troubleshooting
  • TaskTest and validate integration of new features
  • TaskEvaluate current security systems for compatibility with new features
  • Key ResultIncrease system efficiency by 15% through system upgrades and optimization
  • TaskIdentify areas of the system that require optimization
  • TaskPurchase and install necessary system upgrades
  • TaskRegularly monitor and adjust for optimal efficiency
  • Key ResultDecrease system false-positive alerts by 20%
  • TaskRefine the current system detection algorithm
  • TaskConduct regular system false-positive tests
  • TaskImplement a more effective filtering system

OKRs to establish unparalleled data leak protection solution

  • ObjectiveEstablish unparalleled data leak protection solution
  • Key ResultIncrease client satisfaction regarding data security by 25% through feedback surveys
  • TaskAnalyze survey responses for areas of improvement
  • TaskDevelop and execute strategies to address identified issues
  • TaskImplement consistent client feedback surveys on data security
  • Key ResultDevelop and implement a cutting-edge encryption system by increasing R&D team by 15%
  • TaskExecute full implementation of new encryption system
  • TaskIdentify talent to expand R&D team by an additional 15%
  • TaskDevelop advanced encryption system prototype
  • Key ResultReduce successful cyber attacks on our system by 80%
  • TaskImplement multi-factor authentication for all system users
  • TaskRegularly update and patch system software
  • TaskConduct frequent cybersecurity training for employees

OKRs 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

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 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 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

OKRs to implement an effective smart workplace management system

  • ObjectiveImplement an effective smart workplace management system
  • Key ResultIdentify and select a suitable smart workplace management system by analyzing 5 potential options
  • TaskMake final selection based on analysis and business needs
  • TaskAnalyze features, reviews, and pricing of each system
  • TaskResearch and list five potential smart workplace management systems
  • Key ResultTrain 100% of workforce to effectively utilize the new management system for daily operations
  • TaskImplement strategies for workforce to apply system knowledge daily
  • TaskOrganize comprehensive training sessions about the new management system
  • TaskProvide regular follow-up training for continual workforce development
  • Key ResultProcure the selected system and complete installation in 80% of the workplace areas
  • TaskSchedule installation in various work zones
  • TaskPurchase the selected system for implementation
  • TaskEnsure setup in 80% of designated areas

OKRs to develop a scalable architecture for a video streaming platform

  • ObjectiveDevelop a scalable architecture for a video streaming platform
  • Key ResultIntegrate a monitoring system to ensure 99.99% platform availability and uptime
  • Key ResultAchieve an average video load time of 3 seconds or less for 95% of users
  • Key ResultIncrease platform's streaming capacity by 30% to accommodate higher user traffic
  • TaskConduct load testing and identify performance bottlenecks to optimize streaming capacity
  • TaskImplement content delivery network (CDN) to distribute traffic and reduce latency
  • TaskOptimize server configurations to increase platform's streaming capacity by 30%
  • TaskUpgrade network infrastructure for improved bandwidth and faster streaming capabilities
  • Key ResultImplement a distributed storage solution to reduce data retrieval time by 20%
  • TaskDesign and develop a robust distributed storage architecture
  • TaskImplement and thoroughly test the chosen distributed storage solution
  • TaskResearch and identify suitable distributed storage solutions
  • TaskConduct a thorough analysis of the current storage system

Best practices for managing your Systems 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

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 Team OKRs

OKRs without regular progress updates are just KPIs. You'll need to update progress on your OKRs every week to get the full 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 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.

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