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7 Important DevOps KPIs You Need to Be Tracking

Introducing a DevOps team into your development strategy is a great way to boost your business. A DevOps engineer uses advanced tools to unite software development and IT operations, getting involved in project management to improve collaboration, thereby increasing the frequency of testing and deployment. Closely monitoring DevOps KPIs is another responsibility of a DevOps engineer that helps the team determine areas that can be improved.

What are DevOps KPIs?

DevOps KPIs stands for Development Operations Key Performance Indicators, sometimes also known as DevOps metrics. These are timeframes, statistics and other pieces of information a DevOps engineer tracks to see how well their tactics are performing.

While DevOps looks different in every business, there are some core KPIs all firms should monitor to measure the success of their DevOps integration.

7 most important DevOps KPIs

  1. Deployment frequency
    Monitoring how often features or capabilities are being launched is essential when outsourcing DevOps. Deployments should remain stable overtime or (preferably) steadily increase.
  2. Change weight
    Some firms prefer to monitor the weight of changes instead of deployment frequency. This DevOps KPI helps you compare major changes to minor ones.
  3. Deployment time
    The shorter the deployment time, the more deployments a team can roll out. Major increases in deployment time need to be investigated. However, deployment time shouldn’t be rushed at the cost of accuracy.
  4. Failed deployment rate
    Also known as the mean time to failure, this DevOps KPI shows how often deployments result in outages or other problems. An outsourced DevOps team will try to get this number as low as possible.
  5. Change failure rate
    Change failure rate concerns the extent to which deployments lead to unanticipated failures or unplanned outages. A high change failure rate suggests poor application stability.
  6. Time to detection
    No matter how well DevOps is managed or how agile the team is, failed changes are bound to happen from time to time. It’s essential to find them quickly to ensure a positive user experience.
  7. Mean time to recovery
    As well as finding failed changes quickly, a DevOps team also needs to fix failed changes quickly. This metric is one of the most important DevOps KPIs that should be managed closely.

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