4 OKR examples for Tech Leaders

What are Tech Leaders 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.

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 Leaders. Take a look at the templates below for inspiration and guidance.

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

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Our Tech Leaders OKRs examples

You'll find below a list of Objectives and Key Results templates for Tech Leaders. We also included strategic projects for each template to make it easier to understand the difference between key results and projects.

Hope you'll find this helpful!

OKRs to enhance capabilities of tech leadership

  • ObjectiveEnhance capabilities of tech leadership
  • Key ResultIncrease retention rate of tech leaders by 20%
  • TaskImplement competitive salary packages and attractive benefits for tech leaders
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive professional development and training programs
  • TaskFoster an inclusive, engaging, and innovative work culture
  • Key ResultAchieve 100% participation in coaching sessions across all tech leadership teams
  • TaskFollow up regularly ensuring attendance and addressing concerns
  • TaskSchedule regular, convenient times for all tech leadership teams
  • TaskCommunicate importance and objectives of coaching sessions to tech leaders
  • Key ResultIntroduce three advanced training programs for leadership in new technologies
  • TaskIdentify necessary skills for leadership in new technologies
  • TaskImplement and promote these training programs
  • TaskDesign advanced training programs focusing on these skills

OKRs to drive company transformation through HR technology and leadership model redesign

  • ObjectiveDrive company transformation through HR technology and leadership model redesign
  • Key ResultTrain 95% of staff on the new HR tech systems by end of quarter
  • TaskSchedule HR tech systems training sessions for all staff members
  • TaskProvide additional training for those who missed initial sessions
  • TaskMonitor and record participation in training sessions
  • Key ResultDeploy new HR technology systems to 100% of departments
  • TaskSelect and procure new HR technology systems
  • TaskImplement and test new systems across all departments
  • TaskIdentify current HR technology systems in all departments
  • Key ResultDesign and implement a new leadership model in at least 3 departments
  • TaskIdentify key qualities for the new leadership model
  • TaskMonitor and evaluate implemented changes
  • TaskTrain department heads in this model

OKRs to enhance tech lead abilities by utilizing online learning and practical application

  • ObjectiveEnhance tech lead abilities by utilizing online learning and practical application
  • Key ResultImplement learned techniques in five real-life projects, increasing efficiency by 20%
  • TaskIdentify five real-life projects that need improvement
  • TaskMonitor and measure efficiency increase by 20%
  • TaskApply learned techniques to these chosen projects
  • Key ResultComplete six pieces of an online leadership in tech course
  • TaskDiligently study the course material
  • TaskRegister for the online leadership in tech course
  • TaskFinish all six components of the course
  • Key ResultObtain a 90% or higher score in all applied tech leadership quizzes and exams
  • TaskSchedule daily study hours dedicated to applied tech leadership
  • TaskJoin study groups for comprehensive review discussions
  • TaskRegularly practice with past quizzes and exams

OKRs to become a proficient Front End technical lead

  • ObjectiveBecome a proficient Front End technical lead
  • Key ResultMentor 2 junior Front End developers in a project
  • TaskConduct biweekly skill-enhancing workshops on front end techniques
  • TaskAssign specific project tasks to assess and monitor progress
  • TaskSchedule weekly code reviews for individual feedback and guidance
  • Key ResultDevelop and launch 5 interactive websites using Front End technologies
  • TaskTest, adjust, and launch each interactive website
  • TaskCreate detailed design and functionality plan for 5 interactive websites
  • TaskDevelop front-end code using desired technologies
  • Key ResultComplete 3 advanced Front End development online courses
  • TaskResearch and select 3 advanced Front End development online courses
  • TaskEnroll in the selected online courses
  • TaskRegularly attend classes and complete assignments on time

Best practices for managing your Tech Leaders 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 Tech Leaders OKRs

The rules of OKRs are simple. Quarterly OKRs should be tracked weekly, and yearly OKRs should be tracked monthly. 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

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 OKR-tracking tool for it.

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 Tech Leaders 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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