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Top 5 Agile metrics for teams and managers

Metric of the week Code Cycle Time

The Ultimate Guide to Software & Delivery Metrics

Top 5 Agile metrics for teams and managers

There’s an old adage – “what gets measured gets done”. But metrics are a contentious subject in Agile software delivery, with some Agile practitioners contending that Agile metrics are a bad thing, as at best they can be gamed and manipulated by teams – and at worst may instil a negative culture of “Big Brother is watching you” detrimental to Agile team wellbeing.

However, this negative view of Agile metrics is very much on the decline – with most more mature Agile DevOps organisations recognising the core role that Agile metrics play if carefully selected and therefore adopted enthusiastically by Agile teams.

So what are the Top 5 Agile metrics that engage both teams and managers alike and avoid the pitfalls outlined above?

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Metric of the week Code Cycle Time

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Code Cycle Time is a key software delivery metric as it tracks the efficiency of the Pull Request process – which itself is a critical element of the end-to-end software delivery process.

More specifically, Code Cycle Time analyses all completed Pull Requests (PRs) (e.g. closed, merged, declined etc) within the specified time range and shows the average hours to complete, from when the PR was opened.

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The Ultimate Guide to Software & Delivery Metrics

Metric of the Week: Deployment Frequency

As DevOps Value Stream Management (VSM) goes mainstream, organisations large and small increasingly recognise the need to apply data analytics to more effectively manage the end-to-end software delivery process – in order to deliver quality software faster and more predictably.

This ‘ultimate guide’ is designed as a practical resource to help you select the metrics that you might want to track (relevant to your use case); the tools you need to collect the data; and how you might set targets, embed the metrics across your organisation and drive real behaviour change, in order to improve your delivery effectiveness.

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