Key Metrics In Software Development That Matter

Mark Lawler

As a senior engineering manager what metrics do you use to measure the performance of your software engineering organization? As I’ve walked in to various organizations over the years I’ve seen many sets of metrics in use. Some are spot on and others seem quite worthless or even nonexistent. I believe that software organizations need a set of metrics for their engineering teams that focus on the critical few vs. a laundry list of everything that can be measured. I also believe that the metrics that you choose at an organizational level need to be those that will institute a common set of commitments throughout the organization and drive change if and when required. They also have to be updated and published with a predictable cadence.

First of all I’m not a big fan of software engineering team metrics that simply show “We were busy” or “Look, ma, we followed…

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