OKR Examples

OKR Examples for Scrum Master

Sample OKRs along with relevant discussions, organised by function

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OKR Examples for Scrum Masters

Scrum masters ensure the team completes the right tasks at the right time. But evaluating the performance of Scrum Masters raises a question - what part did they play in the success or failure of the project? While this seems like a difficult question, the answer is relatively simple. The following sections explain the importance and duties of a Scrum Master – and how their performance can be evaluated.

How do you evaluate a scrum master's performance?

Much of a Scrum Team's success depends on the performance of Scrum Masters, even though they're not the leaders or bosses of these teams. The definition of success for Scrum Masters is that their teams take ownership of the process. They institute initiatives, manage team conduct, facilitate Scrum Events, discuss issues in team meetings, communicate with stakeholders, and do much more. Organizations can evaluate their performance by having a checklist with questions about what scrum focuses on, processes, individual sprint planning, team, or product quality. Questions include whether the Scrum team has a clear vision, whether sprint goals are understood, how happy team members are to work on the project, and so on. These questions can differ from organization to organization and even between teams. This questionnaire aims to evaluate what the Scrum Master should focus on. Keeping a regular frequency and updating the questions based on the project state is more important than the questions themselves. Using Objectives & Key Results (OKRs) for Scrum masters can help evaluate the performance of Scrum masters more effectively. 

Scrum Master OKR examples

OKRs and Scrum Masters seem like an odd couple – because, at first glance, there isn't much in a Scrum Master's responsibility that can be measured (like sales targets, which are based on verifiable numbers). Yet, the software development process offers enough opportunities to create metrics from various touchpoints. 

OKRs for keeping the team on track

Objectives Key Results Observations
Stop the team from overcommitting on their deliverables Ensure no additional requirements are added during the sprint from outside the team.

Evaluate the features included in the sprint and rank them according to importance, before sprint start

While these are given responsibilities of Scrum masters to protect the team from external pressures, turning them into key result makes them more defendable.
Continuous improvement of the product and team members Facilitate understanding of the project – team members should know how project results can impact the client

Clearing obstacles team members face – improve time to solve tickets created by the Scrum team.

Idea generation - Help teams discuss the veracity of 3 new ideas during monthly team meetings.

While a lofty objective, the act of continuous improvement is difficult to measure. However, measuring the conditions conducive to continuous improvement can provide insights into a Scrum Master’s effectiveness. These metrics can be used to determine critical results.
Improve product ratings Look for at least three positive customer reviews in a financial year

Lower sprint backlog issues 

Reduce customer issues by improving product usage with valuable features

Issues logged by customers usually paint an accurate picture of the problems and bugs present in a product. Using this metric with product usage statistics can reveal if customers have problems with specific features.

OKRs to improve team efficiency

Objectives Key Results Observations
Improving delivery times of  sprint goals Bring up the ratio between planned and completed work (+ve  predictability metrics)

Identify areas causing delays in the development process

Consistent delivery of sprint goals is essential to stay on track and deliver goals according to the product roadmap.
Keep scope creep at bay during the sprint cycle Report on the remaining workload to leaders and other stakeholders, with the importance of upcoming features

Recommend actions based on previous feature usage in Burn Down Chart analysis 

Review internal processes and add recommendations to improve workflows of at least three of them.

Burn Down Charts represent how much work is left to do, and Burn Up Charts show how much work has been completed.
Organize effective scrum meetings Review meeting minutes every month to check if they’re helpful to everyone involved 

Capture team feedback during sprint review meetings and evaluate suggestions

Scrum Masters facilitate scrum to the larger team. They ensure that all the frameworks are followed, and that team meeting serves a purpose.

OKRs for team growth

Objectives Key Results Observations
Create a psychologically safe environment Ensure all members feel free to voice their honest opinion during meetings

Conduct polls to determine how comfortable team members are with speaking up.

Conduct one-on-ones with team members. Highlight their strengths, and create a plan for things they consider weaknesses

Teams can function optimally only when there is trust. Scrum masters can foster such environments by being empathetic and kind.
Introduce agile principles Conduct at least one agile workshop with the team during the quarter 

Using agile principles improves onboarding flow.

Scrum masters are the best place to introduce agile methods in a product team and can spread the scope to processes with which the team deals.
Reduce the backlog of products Run a workshop to identify and introduce three improvements

Get backlogs ranked according to importance by the end of the month

Include top 5 tasks in the sprint without compromising the objective

Scrum masters can help product managers focus on improvements and new features by taking off the responsibility of planning essential but not direct items.
Embed agile principles within the team Inform the team about current agile maturity in monthly meetings

Share a plan of action to enhance agile adoption and discuss the merits

Create an incentive program to motivate employees to adopt agile and present it to leaders for approval.

Creating a truly agile team is one of the goals of any scrum master. This can happen only if leaders see groups benefiting from it. By introducing team-level activities, scrum masters can get buy-ins for an organization-level adoption of agile principles.
Ensure smooth OKR implementation Train teams and identify OKR champions by the end of the month

Get team members to draft at least ONE OKR by five weeks

Review and revise OKRs at a specific (weekly) duration

OKRs focus on the larger picture and allow employees to set the pace of their growth. Having employees adopt OKRs entirely can result in the swift development of employees and the organization they work for.