11 customisable OKR examples for Test Engineer

What are Test Engineer 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 Engineer. 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 Test Engineer OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Test Engineer 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!

1. OKR 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

2. OKR to enhance the efficiency of our software testing suite

  • ObjectiveEnhance the efficiency of our software testing suite
  • Key ResultIncrease the speed of test execution by 25%
  • TaskOptimize code base to reduce unnecessary testing steps
  • TaskUtilize faster test automation tools and frameworks
  • TaskImplement parallel testing to distribute tests across different machines
  • Key ResultReduce software test suite setup time by 15%
  • TaskImplement automated test setup protocols
  • TaskOptimize code for greater setup efficiency
  • TaskReduce redundant or unnecessary tests
  • Key ResultDecrease bug identification time by 20%
  • TaskImplement automated testing tools for routine bug discovery
  • TaskUse dedicated bug tracking systems to report issues
  • TaskConduct regular training for staff in debugging techniques

3. OKR 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

4. OKR to implement unit-testing in Mid-Office

  • ObjectiveImplement unit-testing in Mid-Office
  • Key ResultDevelop a comprehensive unit testing plan within 4 weeks
  • TaskSchedule and delegate testing tasks
  • TaskIdentify all functionalities for testing
  • TaskDraft a detailed unit testing procedure
  • Key ResultTrain the team on unit-testing best practices and tools by 6 weeks
  • TaskSchedule and conduct weekly team training sessions for 6 weeks
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive training program on unit-testing practices
  • TaskIdentify appropriate unit-testing software and tools for training
  • Key ResultAchieve 80% code coverage with unit tests by the end of the quarter
  • TaskWrite effective tests for identified sections
  • TaskIdentify sections of code lacking unit tests
  • TaskRegularly run and adjust tests for improvement

5. OKR to enhance performance testing for v2 services

  • ObjectiveEnhance performance testing for v2 services
  • Key ResultImprove system ability to handle peak load by 30%
  • TaskOptimize current system code for better efficiency
  • TaskImplement load balancing techniques across the servers
  • TaskIncrease server capacity to handle increased load
  • Key ResultIdentify and reduce service response time by 20%
  • TaskAnalyze current service response times
  • TaskImplement solutions to enhance service speed by 20%
  • TaskIdentify bottlenecks and inefficiencies in service delivery
  • Key ResultAchieve 100% test coverage for all v2 services
  • TaskImplement and run newly developed tests
  • TaskIdentify and create additional tests needed
  • TaskReview current test coverage for all v2 services

6. OKR 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

7. OKR 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

8. OKR to elevate overall test coverage across all features

  • ObjectiveElevate overall test coverage across all features
  • Key ResultImplement a process for monitoring and increasing test coverage on an ongoing basis
  • TaskImplement a continuous test coverage monitoring system
  • TaskDevelop strategies to continuously improve test coverage
  • TaskIdentify existing areas lacking sufficient test coverage
  • Key ResultIdentify and address 30% of areas with low test coverage across existing features
  • TaskPrioritize these features based on importance
  • TaskIdentify features with less than 70% test coverage
  • TaskDevelop and implement tests to increase coverage
  • Key ResultAchieve 70% code coverage for all new features developed in the next quarter
  • TaskConduct reviews and refactoring sessions to improve coverage
  • TaskImplement mandatory unit tests for all newly developed features
  • TaskMonitor code coverage regularly using suitable tools

9. OKR to improve organizational DevOps practices with DORA

  • ObjectiveImprove organizational DevOps practices with DORA
  • Key ResultReduce mean time to recovery (MTTR) for critical incidents to X minutes through improved incident response processes
  • Key ResultIncrease deployment frequency by X% through continuous integration and delivery
  • TaskImplement automated testing to identify and fix issues early in the development process
  • TaskStreamline the build and release process to minimize manual intervention
  • TaskInvest in continuous integration and delivery tools for seamless and frequent deployments
  • TaskEstablish a robust version control system for efficient code management
  • Key ResultAchieve X% increase in test automation coverage for application releases
  • Key ResultImprove employee satisfaction by X% through promoting a culture of collaboration and learning

10. OKR 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

11. OKR to conduct regular penetration testing and code reviews

  • ObjectiveImprove security through regular penetration testing and code reviews
  • Key ResultEnsure all critical vulnerabilities found in penetration testing are remediated within 2 weeks
  • Key ResultConduct code reviews for all new features and major changes before deployment
  • Key ResultImplement at least 80% of code review recommendations within the next release cycle
  • Key ResultIncrease the frequency of penetration testing from once a quarter to twice a month

Best practices for managing your Test Engineer 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

Having too many OKRs is the #1 mistake that teams make when adopting the framework. The problem with tracking too many competing goals is that it will be hard for your team to know what really matters.

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

Setting good goals can be challenging, but without regular check-ins, your team will struggle to make progress. We recommend that you track your OKRs weekly to get the full benefits from the framework.

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 Test Engineer OKRs

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