4 customisable OKR examples for Upskilling

What are Upskilling 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.

We've tailored a list of OKRs examples for Upskilling to help you. You can look at any of the templates below to get some inspiration for your own goals.

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

Building your own Upskilling OKRs with AI

While we have some examples available, it's likely that you'll have specific scenarios that aren't covered here. You can use our free AI generator below or our more complete goal-setting system to generate your own OKRs.

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Our customisable Upskilling OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Upskilling 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 develop a comprehensive IT upskilling program for colleagues

  • ObjectiveDevelop a comprehensive IT upskilling program for colleagues
  • Key ResultIdentify 3 major IT skill gaps in the team within 7 days
  • TaskCompare findings with current IT skill standards
  • TaskAnalyze team's recent project performance
  • TaskSurvey team to identify perceived IT skills deficiencies
  • Key ResultAchieve 80% completion rate across all training modules over the quarter
  • TaskRegularly monitor and review completion progress
  • TaskImplement incentives to motivate completion
  • TaskDevelop engaging and comprehensive training modules
  • Key ResultDesign 2 in-depth training modules per identified gap in the subsequent 3 weeks
  • TaskDesign and finalize two training modules per gap
  • TaskIdentify the gaps that need training modules
  • TaskDevelop detailed outlines for each module

2. OKR to elevate agile team's performance to top-tier status

  • ObjectiveElevate agile team's performance to top-tier status
  • Key ResultAchieve 90% positive feedback on team's agility and efficiency in handling tasks
  • TaskSchedule weekly feedback sessions with the team
  • TaskImplement regular training sessions on agility and efficiency techniques
  • TaskRegularly review and improve task management processes
  • Key ResultIncrease average project completion rate by 20% without compromising on quality
  • TaskStreamline project management processes
  • TaskConduct weekly training sessions to enhance skills
  • TaskImplement regular performance tracking and analytics
  • Key ResultImplement at least two upskilling training sessions resulting in marked improvement in competencies
  • TaskOrganize two professional development workshops
  • TaskIdentify necessary skills gaps within the team
  • TaskEvaluate performance post-training for improvement

3. OKR to enhance individual skill set through learning and development

  • ObjectiveEnhance individual skill set through learning and development
  • Key ResultComplete four online courses relevant to my field
  • TaskSubmit all required coursework and successfully pass each course
  • TaskIdentify and enroll in four online courses related to my field
  • TaskRegularly attend all scheduled virtual classes and tutorials
  • Key ResultAchieve 85% or higher on post-training quizzes
  • TaskDedicate daily study time specifically for learning content
  • TaskSeek clarification on any topics that appear confusing
  • TaskReview all training materials before attempting quizzes
  • Key ResultImplement learned skills in one live project successfully
  • TaskPlan the process incorporating these skills into the project
  • TaskIdentify a live project where newly acquired skills apply
  • TaskExecute the plan, monitoring progress and adjusting as necessary

4. OKR to expand the innovation team's capacity and breadth of projects

  • ObjectiveExpand the innovation team's capacity and breadth of projects
  • Key ResultAdd 2 new specialized roles in technology and design to the team
  • TaskDraft job descriptions for the new roles
  • TaskIdentify specific skills needed for technology and design roles
  • TaskBegin recruitment process to fill positions
  • Key ResultIncrease the number of successfully managed projects by 50%
  • TaskEnhance team collaboration and communication strategies
  • TaskImplement effective project tracking and reporting systems
  • TaskImprove project management skills through relevant training and workshops
  • Key ResultIncrease team size by 30% through strategic hiring and staff upskilling
  • TaskDevelop a strategic hiring plan to attract crucial talent
  • TaskRegularly review team structure and adjust hiring as needed
  • TaskImplement a comprehensive employee upskilling program

Best practices for managing your Upskilling 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 Upskilling 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

Most teams should start with a spreadsheet if they're using OKRs for the first time. Then, once you get comfortable you can graduate to a proper OKRs-tracking tool.

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 Upskilling 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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