Setting Goals with OKRs In Quality Engineering

QE Unit
5 min readApr 12, 2022
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Alignment unlocks transformation.

The need for continuous reinvention through software represents a challenge in maintaining that alignment: priorities diverge between teams and local optimizations end up as waste while the ecosystem is evolving fast.

In such a context, organizations need to funnel the team’s energy of priorities that will lead to transformational changes to thrive in the marketplace. And they need a simple process — they don’t have time for a long or complex one.

Objective Key Results (OKRs) is a light method for alignment.

This article shares what are OKRs, their usefulness in Quality Engineering and how to start using them for Quality at Speed software. It makes a zoom from the list of methods to start in Quality Engineering.

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What are OKRs: Transformational goal setting

Research has shown that ambitious goals improve the likelihood of individuals, teams or organizations to achieve more transformational results — a must-have requirement in our context of digitalization.

OKRs originally come from Intel and were adopted and then popularized by Google in 1999. It is now a standard across many companies such as Spotify, LinkedIn, or Airbnb.

The key ingredients of OKRs are:

  • An Objective have 3 to 5 measurable Key Results
  • Objectives must be ambitious, public, and out-of-the comfort zone
  • OKRs must be achieved in a timeframe (usually quarterly) and redefined
  • Expected achievements is around 70% to keep the stretch and adapt plans
  • OKRs are not linked with employee evaluations, compensation or rewards
  • OKRs are not a shared business-as-usual, to-do list, KPIs, or Definition of Done.

These requirements create ambitious objectives that will canalize the team’s energy as well as push them to find solutions to challenging goals, progressing towards core transformational priorities.

Why using OKRs for Quality at Speed

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