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Example Plandek Metrics

Where do we spend our time and what are we delivering?

Strategic Initiatives Metric

Value Stream

Keep track of how value is being delivered across your strategic business initiatives, lines of business, portfolio or value streams.

Capex vs Opex Metric

Opex/Capex

Quickly analyse how your delivery is allocated across Capex and Opex.

Story Points Delivered Metric

Delivered Story Points (SP)

Look across your portfolio to analyse how velocity and work items are delivered by work stream, programme, team and so on.

Delivered Value Points Metric

Delivered Value Points (VP)

Maintain a close eye on the value delivered to users, whether you use value points or a nominal business value estimate.

Stories By Epic Metric

Stories by Epic

See which Epics your teams are actively working on to track progress and ensure they align with priorities.

Is our backlog healthy and are we utilising capacity?

Story Points Ready for Dev Metric

Story Points (SP) ready for Dev

Do you know how much runway your teams have? Ensure utilisation is high and teams aren’t stuck staring at one another. Find out more ➔

Time to Design Stories Metric

Design time

Optimise the time it takes to design and groom new work so the team has plenty to do and lead time is as short as possible.

Backlog Distribution Metric

Backlog distribution

If a team is running low on work, it’s critical to understand where new work currently sits upstream in order to fully assess the risk of running out of work.

How efficiently are we working to deliver key work?

Flow Efficiency Metric

Flow efficiency

Quickly identify and alleviate “waste” in your delivery. Spot capacity issues, poor collaboration and/or process inefficiencies that are holding your teams back. Find out more ➔

Epic Flow Metric

Epic flow

Track the delivery of the underlying work items (e.g. stories) to ensure your Epics are flowing efficiently through to delivery.

Fix Version Flow Metric

Fix version flow

Get a bird’s eye view of your releases across teams. Ensure that any bottlenecks are quickly spotted and resolved.

First Time Pass Rate (FTPR) Metric

First Time Pass Rate (FTPR)

The ability for stories and tasks to pass “first time” is down to strong collaboration and communication within teams. One of the strongest measures of a health team. Find out more ➔

Code Cycle Time Metric

Code cycle time

Make dramatic improvements to Cycle Time by dissecting your Pull Request (PR) review process. Analyse how long it takes to review, approve, merge and deploy code. Find out more ➔

Speeding Transitions Rate Metric

Speeding

A team’s board plays a central role in their decision making, so it’s critical to understand how well boards reflect reality through tracking unwanted ticket shepherding habits. Find out more ➔

Lead Time for Stories Metric

Lead time

Time to market is driven by the ability to transform an idea into functioning software for users, and Lead Time enables you to dissect every stage of this process to ensure you’re operating at your full potential. Find out more ➔

Cycle Time for Stories Metric

Cycle time

The focal point for most development teams, Cycle Time enables you to examine your engineering and DevOps capability to ensure you can build and ship code as quickly as possible.

How well are we delivering and how is our DevOps capability evolving?

Deployment Frequency Metric

Deployments

Track the number and/or frequency of deployments as a key indicator for your maturing DevOps capability. Understand which pipelines are performing well and which pipelines need some support. Find out more ➔

Build Fail Rate Metric

Build fail rate

Understand how frequently your builds are failing and particularly which pipelines are most plagued by failures in order to focus the team’s attention in the right areas.

Flaky Files Metric

Flaky files

Cross-reference your git and build data to quickly identify which of your files are often the cause of build failures.

Mean Build Time Metric

Mean build time

Quickly spot which build processes are lagging and may require optimisation to ensure your teams can keep building and testing software.

Mean Failed Build Time Metric

Failed build time

When builds fail, they need to fail fast so the impact is kept to a minimum. Restructure your build processes to frontload complexity.

Build Failure Recovery Time Metric

Time to recover from failed build

How quickly can the team recover from a failed build? Understanding and minimising this downtime is critical to building a strong DevOps capability and service within your organisation.

Failed Build Cost Metric

Build costs (CCI)

CircleCI customers need to understand where their spend is allocated, particularly how much is being spent on failed builds so they can optimise their spend. A great way to ensure you’re getting as much value as possible from CircleCI.

How are our engineering practices and are there key knowledge risks?

Story & Bug Complexity Metric

Ticket complexity

Through connecting your commits and tickets, discover which of your stories, bugs, etc are the most complex based on a number of factors including repos touched, developers involved and lines of code changed.

Commits Without Pull Requests Metric

Commits without Pull Requests (PRs)

Mitigate risk in your code base by ensuring all merges to master/trunk have been reviewed and approved through the PR process.

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Commit Frequency Metric

Commit frequency

Drive up best practice around smaller, more frequent commits. A great metric to gamify within your teams.

Commits without Ticket Ref Metric

Commits w/o ticket ref

Whether a regulatory requirement or just best practice, ensure that all commits reference back to the ticket outlining the scope and authorisation of changes.

PRs By Repo Metric

Created Pull Requests (PRs)

Analyse PR activity across your code base, and gain further insights around understanding which of your stories, bugs and so on are currently most active.

Code Knowledge Metric

Code knowledge

Build a better understanding of relationships in your team, who works most frequently together and whether you have any potential risks of knowledge being consolidated in a small number of senior devs.

Ticket Commit Hotspots Metric

Ticket commit hotspots

Filter commit activity in your code base so your can isolate the files and repos most touched when delivering new stories or resolving bugs.

How well are we responding to Operational issues and technical debt?

P1 & P2 Resolution Time Metric

P1/P2 resolution

Understand how quickly bugs are being resolved, and where in the process there are opportunities to improve your resolution times.

Unresolved Bugs Metric

Bug backlog

Maintain a close eye on your current bug backlog, and break down the data by release, environment or a number of other fields that will improve your understanding of your bug backlog.

Escaped Defects Metric

Escaped defects

Isolate the number of defects that have escaped your testing process and landed with users in production. Optimise your test scripts where reasonable to improve test coverage and product quality.

Are we planning and running our sprints effectively?

Sprint Target Completion

Sprint target

A team’s ability to plan and deliver the sprint objectives is critical to meeting mid- and long-term commitments. See how well your teams deliver against their targets for each sprint. Find out more ➔

Sprint Flow

Sprint flow

Whether preparing for a stand-up or reviewing in a retro, get a day-by-day breakdown of how your work flows from “to do” to “done”. Identify and remedy any bottlenecks as they happen and improve your sprint performance.

Sprint Scope Change

Sprint scope

Scope change is one of the major headaches for Scrum teams. With this metric, you can track exactly which tickets are being added and removed every day to ensure the team stays on track.

Sprint Goals Delivered

Sprint goals

Stories, bugs, and tasks are great, but ultimately it’s about distilling a sprint down to 2-3 overall goals and measuring how effective teams are at delivering them.