Post deployment to production, there is a risk that the change will break and lead to expensive issues. This risk is minimized through continuous testing of the software in a separate test environment where the change can be safely vetted without affecting normal business operations.
The success factors of DevOps are usually based on how long the software takes to deploy and how often the deployment takes place. The goal of deployment is to be able to release smaller deployments of code as quickly as possible. Smaller deployments are easier to test and release. They also improve the discoverability of bugs in the code allowing for faster and timely resolution of the same. A high deployment frequency is a good sign that things are going smooth in the production cycle. The Project Health report of DevOpSmartBoard provides key indicators about the project progress, including build & release failure trends, deployment frequency etc.
A failed production deployment is always defined after outages or errors during the actual usage. This is an important DevOps metric to track the number of failed deployments from the users’ perspective. The teams are expected to build quality applications right from the start. A zero-failure rate is always liked to success but failed deployments less than 5% can be considered as close to success. The Project Health report displays the number of failed build and deployments thereby hinting the project metrics for a particular iteration.
Bugs in any software application are inevitable. A few occasional and cosmetic bugs aren’t a red flag but keeping track of the bugs and being on the lookout for any unusual spikes is important for the health of your application. A significant rise is an indicator of quality. In DevOpSmartBoard, we show the number of critical bugs which are not closed for a particular iteration. This helps determining the risk of the project.
Lead time for changes in DevOps is the time taken to go from code committed to code successfully running into production. It is an important indicator to determine the efficiency in the existing process and identifying the possible areas of improvement. This is another important report in the Project Health to determine the duration.
The amount of time from work started until work finished. This also matters very much for DevOps success, because Cycle time is the main indicator of the team’s speed to deliver value and efficiency ratio.
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