How To Level Up Your Business With 12 Software Development Metrics

Benefits of Business Development Metrics

To create high-quality software products and services, development teams have to be monitored continuously. To do this effectively, there is a need for software solutions that can stand the test of time.

  • Increasing ROI (return on investment)
  • Reducing costs and overtime
  • Tracking the team’s performance
  • Checking that the final product matches initial expectations
  • Specifying delivery speed
  • Allocating time for each successive stage of the development process
  • Determining key areas for improvement

The Most Essential Keys Of Software Development Metrics

1. Agile Process Metrics

Agile process metrics is centered on sound decision-making. Agile development metrics are used to optimize the software development process.

2. Lead Time

Lead time is the period of time spanning from the initial ideas to specific software development and delivery. The client is the king here. Therefore estimates should be provided as to when they can expect completion of their tasks.

3. Code Churn

Code churn refers to lines of code (LOC). They are modified (deleted or added) in a specific period of time. The primary objective is controlling the quality of the software engineering process.

A sample of a Code Churn report

4. Cycle Time

Cycle time estimates how much time is needed to change the software system and incorporate that change in production.

5. Team Velocity

Team velocity calculates the number of software units completed by a team in an iteration or sprint. Velocity index is specific for each team. It needs to be prioritized in correspondence to set goals.

6. Cumulative Flow

Software development cumulative flow (a.k.a. iteration flow) is the imaging of tickets’ status over time. The team needs to visualize the stages of work from one status to another.

7. Open/Close Rates

Open/close rates help to see how many production problems are reported and closed in a particular time frame.

8. Impact

Impact measures the results of any code modification on the software development project. A code alteration that influences multiple sets of files can a have a more significant effect than a code change for a single file.

9. Active Days

The active days metric evaluates the amount of time a developer writes code within one software development project. That doesn’t take into account planning, meetings, etc. The objective is to discover hidden possible roadblocks in the development process.

10. Efficiency

Efficiency measures the percentage of a developer’s written code that is productive and ready for release. The most productive developers generate code in small sprints, with an average churn rate.

11. Test coverage

Test coverage is a metric used for testing software development. It shows the percentage of the software’s source code which was contributed during the stage of testing. It is used to uncover quality deficiencies in the written code.

12. Production

Production metrics strive to estimate the amount of work done and to analyze the effectiveness of software development teams. This metric is important to managers who strive to have their developers deliver results as fast as possible.

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