Setting OKRs for Design Systems

But first…what’s an OKR? OKRs, or Objectives and Key Results, are a goal-setting framework that can help a Design System team establish measurable and achievable goals.

OKRs for Design Systems

Here are some examples of OKRs that could be relevant for a Design System team:

OKR 1:

Objective: Improve consistency and usability of the design system.

Key Results:

  • Achieve a 95% adoption rate of the design system by all product teams
  • Conduct user research to gather feedback and insights on the usability of the design system and incorporate improvements into the next release reduce the time it takes to create new product features by 25% by leveraging design system components.

OKR 2:

Objective: Scale the design system across the organization.

Key Results:

  • Increase the number of design system components by 20% to support more use cases and scenarios
  • Train and onboard 100% of new hires in the organization on the design system within their first week
  • Develop and implement a plan to integrate the design system into all internal tools and platforms by the end of the quarter.

OKR 3:

Objective: Foster a culture of collaboration and innovation within the Design System team.

Key Results:

  • Host weekly cross-functional design reviews with product teams to identify opportunities for improvement and new design system components.
  • Launch a Design System blog to showcase the team’s work, highlight best practices, and share updates with the organization
  • Organize a quarterly hackathon to encourage creativity and experimentation among the Design System team.

These are just a few examples of OKRs that could be relevant for a Design System team, and they can be customized based on the organization’s goals and priorities. The key is to ensure that the OKRs are measurable, achievable, and aligned with the team’s mission and vision.

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