7 OKR examples for Tech Debt

OKRs are quickly gaining popularity as a goal-setting framework. But, it's not always easy to know how to write your goals, especially if it's your first time using OKRs.

To aid you in setting your goals, we have compiled a collection of OKR examples customized for Tech Debt. Take a look at the templates below for inspiration and guidance.

If you want to learn more about the framework, you can read more about the OKR meaning online.

Best practices for OKR

Your objectives should be ambitious, but achievable. Your key results should be measurable and time-bound. It can also be helfpul to list strategic initiatives under your key results, as it'll help you avoid the common mistake of listing projects in your KRs.

Building your own 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.

- Use our free OKRs generator
- Use Tability, a complete platform to set and track OKRs and initiatives – including a GPT-4 powered goal generator

How to track OKRs

Your quarterly OKRs should be tracked weekly in order to get all the benefits of the OKRs framework.

We recommend using a spreadsheet for your first OKRs cycle. You'll need to get familiar with the scoring and tracking first. Then, you can scale your OKRs process by using a proper OKRs-tracking tool for it.

We recommend Tability for an easy way to set and track OKRs with your team.

Check out the 5 best OKR tracking templates to find the best way to monitor progress during the quarter.

Tech Debt OKRs templates

You'll find below a list of Objectives and Key Results for Tech Debt.

OKRs to enhance Webhooks Experience and Address Technical Debt

  • ObjectiveEnhance Webhooks Experience and Address Technical Debt
  • Key ResultIncrease webhook delivery success rate by 10% through optimized error handling
  • TaskEnhance webhook monitoring and alerting system to promptly identify and investigate delivery failures
  • TaskImprove error response messaging to provide clear instructions for troubleshooting and resolving issues
  • TaskAnalyze webhook error logs to identify common errors and create specific error handling strategies
  • TaskImplement automated retry mechanism to resend failed webhook deliveries in case of temporary errors
  • Key ResultReduce webhook response time by 20% by streamlining and optimizing the underlying technology
  • Key ResultReduce technical debt by resolving 50% of identified issues through prioritized backlog refinements
  • Key ResultImplement automated testing for webhooks to ensure compatibility and reduce regression issues
  • TaskIntegrate the automated testing framework with the existing webhook infrastructure
  • TaskContinuously monitor and analyze test results to identify and address any compatibility issues
  • TaskResearch and select a suitable automated testing framework for webhooks
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive test suite for webhooks to cover all possible scenarios
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OKRs to reduce technical debt

  • ObjectiveReduce significantly the technical debt in our platform
  • Key ResultDedicated 20% of our sprint effort to tackling technical debt
  • Key ResultClose 40 issues tagged as technical debt
  • Key ResultBoost application performance by 40% as a result of the debt culling

OKRs to allocate resources to refactor high-priority tech debt

  • ObjectiveReduce technical debt by allocating resources effectively
  • Key ResultImplement best practices to avoid future high-priority tech debt accumulation
  • Key ResultAchieve a reduction in high-priority tech debt items by 25%
  • Key ResultEstablish a clear plan for refactoring high-priority tech debt items
  • Key ResultPrioritize high-priority tech debt items for resource allocation

OKRs to enforce coding standards to prevent new tech debt

  • ObjectiveStandardize coding practices for debt reduction
  • Key ResultConduct training sessions to educate all team members
  • Key ResultReduce tech debt backlog by 50% through enforcement of standards
  • Key ResultDevelop and implement updated coding standards
  • Key ResultConduct quarterly reviews to ensure adherence to standards

OKRs to eliminate high-risk tech debt over the next year

  • ObjectiveReduce high-risk tech debt to improve system stability
  • Key ResultConduct a thorough analysis to measure the impact of eliminating each high-risk tech debt item
  • Key ResultOutline and prioritize initiatives to eliminate each high-risk tech debt item
  • Key ResultComplete the elimination of at least 50% of high-risk tech debt items
  • Key ResultIdentify top 10 high-risk tech debt items

OKRs to reduce critical tech debt by 50% in six months

  • ObjectiveMinimize tech debt
  • Key ResultDevelop a plan of action to address targeted tech debt items
  • Key ResultPrioritize critical tech debt items
  • Key ResultConduct a thorough tech debt analysis
  • Key ResultImplement new development standards to prevent tech debt accumulation

OKRs to tackle technical debt

  • ObjectiveTackle technical debt generated by feature rush
  • Key ResultMigrate 80% of projects to new UI library to reduce UI debt
  • Key ResultReduce percentage of issues tagged as debt by 30%
  • Key ResultReduce debt-related contact rate by 50%

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