Why does software development cycle time matter?
Software development cycle time
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Why is it Important?
Shorter cycle times indicate an optimized process, and faster time to market. Shorter cycle times for software teams lead to increased revenue, high customer renewal rates, and a happy efficient development organization.
Longer cycle times indicate inefficiencies in the process, and slower time to market. Longer cycle times for software teams lead to delivery delays for customers, lost prospects, and an unhappy inefficient development organization.
How to Measure it?
Some engineering leaders try to measure cycle time using Jira or other project management tools. This method is manual and time consuming and it relies on good data hygiene. Most leaders, however, lack visibility and understanding of their team’s cycle time.
LinearB instantly measures cycle time for your organization, and each development team with real time reporting, trending, and bottleneck detection.
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How to Improve Software development cycle time
1. Visibility with Bottleneck Detection:
In order to improve your team’s cycle time you have to not only have visibility into what your cycle is but to also expose the bottlenecks within the process. In addition to cycle time, LinearB provides metric breakdowns for “first commit to merge”, “time to merge”, “PR Open to Merge”, and “Merge to release”. This allows you to identify and focus on the bottleneck.
Quickly identify bottlenecks in your delivery pipeline. In this case, focus on the time from PR Merged to Release.
2. Performance Introspection and Testing
Quickly identify bottlenecks in your delivery pipeline. Focus here to improve cycle time.
3. Resolve Bottlenecks Proactively
See high-risk branches and take action before they are deployed
LinearB notifies users of long-living PRs waiting for review. Long living PRs and PRs waiting for review cause Cycle Times to increase. Alerting on these situations help teams reduce time from PR to Merge.
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