2 customisable OKR examples for Upskilling Program

What are Upskilling Program 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 Program 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 Program 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 Program OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Upskilling Program 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!

1OKRs 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

2OKRs 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

Upskilling Program OKR best practices to boost success

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 weekly OKR 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.

How to turn your Upskilling Program OKRs in a strategy map

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 Upskilling Program 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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