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6 OKR examples for Test Automation

What are Test Automation OKRs?

The OKR acronym stands for Objectives and Key Results. It's a goal-setting framework that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s, and it became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s. OKRs helps teams has a shared language to set ambitious goals and track progress towards them.

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 Test Automation. 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.

Our Test Automation OKRs examples

You'll find below a list of Objectives and Key Results templates for Test Automation. 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 increase test automation percentage to 80%

  • ObjectiveIncrease test automation percentage to 80%
  • Key ResultImplement 60% of test automation by the end of the first month
  • TaskDevelop script for selected automated tests
  • TaskIdentify key tests suitable for automation
  • TaskImplement and validate the automated tests
  • Key ResultFinalize and establish 80% test automation by the end of the objective's period
  • TaskIdentify key functionalities requiring automated testing
  • TaskDevelop and implement desired automated tests
  • TaskReview and troubleshoot test results regularly
  • Key ResultImprove test coverage with automation to 70% by end of the second month
  • TaskDevelop and implement automated testing strategies
  • TaskConsistently review and adjust strategies to reach 70% coverage
  • TaskIdentify crucial areas lacking sufficient test coverage

OKRs to accelerate process efficiency by achieving 80% test automation

  • ObjectiveAccelerate process efficiency by achieving 80% test automation
  • Key ResultDevelop and implement two new automation tools
  • TaskResearch potential automation tools relevant to business needs
  • TaskTrain team on tool usage and proceed with implementation
  • TaskBuild and beta test two selected automation tools
  • Key ResultIncrease current test automation coverage by 20%
  • TaskDevelop and implement additional automation tests
  • TaskMonitor and evaluate progress regularly
  • TaskIdentify areas where test automation is currently lacking
  • Key ResultReduce manual testing time by 30%
  • TaskTrain staff in efficient, effective testing strategies
  • TaskImplement automated testing tools for repeated tasks
  • TaskPrioritize test cases based on importance

OKRs to increase test automation coverage to 80%

  • ObjectiveIncrease test automation coverage to 80%
  • Key ResultDevelop and implement 20% more automated tests every month
  • TaskIdentify areas needing additional automated tests
  • TaskIntegrate tests into existing system
  • TaskWrite and validate new automations
  • Key ResultMaintain less than 5% failure rate in our automated tests
  • TaskProvide ongoing team training on test creation
  • TaskImplement rigorous quality assurance processes
  • TaskRegularly review and update the automated tests
  • Key ResultImprove average test execution time by 15%
  • TaskImplement more effective test optimization strategies
  • TaskUpgrade server hardware to boost processing power
  • TaskTrain staff in efficient testing procedures

OKRs to improve test coverage and automation for proactive debt remediation

  • ObjectiveIncrease test coverage and automation to enhance proactive debt remediation
  • Key ResultImplement end-to-end testing to validate entire debt remediation process
  • Key ResultAchieve 100% coverage for high-risk debt remediation scenarios
  • Key ResultReduce manual effort by 50% through automation of debt remediation tasks
  • Key ResultIncrease debt remediation efficacy by 25% through data-driven testing and analysis

OKRs to increase quality assurance effectiveness and efficiency

  • ObjectiveIncrease quality assurance effectiveness and efficiency
  • Key ResultImplement automation in 70% of QA testing processes
  • TaskTrain QA team in automation tool use
  • TaskIdentify the QA testing processes that can be automated
  • TaskResearch and acquire suitable automation tools
  • Key ResultDecrease false positive reports by 30%
  • TaskTrain staff on identifying and handling false positives
  • TaskEnhance data quality and accuracy checks
  • TaskImplement stricter parameters in reporting algorithms
  • Key ResultIncrease the QA test pass rate to 95%
  • TaskEnhance the bug detection and reporting system
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive training program for QA testers
  • TaskImplement rigorous test case reviews before execution

OKRs to achieve quicker releases of the real estate application through automation

  • ObjectiveAchieve quicker releases of the real estate application through automation
  • Key ResultReduce bugs by 30% using automated testing tools and practices
  • TaskTrain the team on effective automated testing practices
  • TaskRegularly review and improve testing procedures
  • TaskImplement automated testing tools in the development process
  • Key ResultIncrease deployment frequency by 50% by optimizing the CI/CD pipeline
  • TaskImplement performance monitoring for continuous optimization
  • TaskReview and streamline the existing CI/CD pipeline
  • TaskAutomate tests to reduce bottleneck issues
  • Key ResultImplement an automated roll-back system to minimize downtime by 40%
  • TaskSelect and purchase appropriate roll-back system software
  • TaskResearch available automated roll-back system platforms
  • TaskTrain staff on roll-back system operations and procedures

Best practices for managing your Test Automation 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 below). 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.

Building your own Test Automation 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.

Best way to track your Test Automation 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 Test Automation 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.