4 customisable OKR examples for Technical Lead

What are Technical Lead 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 Technical Lead. 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 customisable Technical Lead OKRs examples

You will find in the next section many different Technical Lead 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 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

2. OKR to elevate my technical execution proficiency

  • ObjectiveElevate my technical execution proficiency
  • Key ResultComplete at least 4 industry relevant certification courses
  • Key ResultDeliver 3 complex projects using learned technical skills without major issues
  • TaskMonitor progress closely, solving issues promptly
  • TaskAllocate resources and teams for each complex project efficiently
  • TaskEstablish a comprehensive project timeline and checkpoints
  • Key ResultGet positive feedback on improved technical skills from 5 different team members
  • TaskActively utilize improved skills in team projects
  • TaskRequest feedback from team members
  • TaskEnhance technical skills through training or self-learning

3. OKR to improve efficiency in client and team management

  • ObjectiveImprove efficiency in client and team management
  • Key ResultIncrease client satisfaction by 10% as evidenced by quarterly survey responses
  • TaskImplement regular client follow-ups to address potential issues
  • TaskEvaluate and streamline communication processes for client efficiency
  • TaskProvide staff with customer service training to improve interactions
  • Key ResultEnhance team output by 15% through implementation of structured weekly check-ins
  • TaskTrain team on effective check-in strategies
  • TaskMonitor and measure output increase weekly
  • TaskEstablish a weekly check-ins system for the team
  • Key ResultAchieve a 20% decrease in resolution time for client-reported software issues
  • TaskProvide ongoing technical training for the customer service team
  • TaskEstablish a priority-based resolution system
  • TaskImplement more efficient issue-tracking software

4. OKR 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

Best practices for managing your Technical Lead 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

Focus can only be achieve by limiting the number of competing priorities. It is crucial that you take the time to identify where you need to move the needle, and avoid adding business-as-usual activities to your 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

Having good goals is only half the effort. You'll get significant more value from your OKRs if you commit to a weekly check-in process.

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 Technical Lead 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 Technical Lead 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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