Use Metrics to Drive Agile, DevOps and Continuous Delivery

Archived Published: 19 March 2014 ID: G00262331


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You can't improve your software development processes if you can't empirically determine whether change has been successful. Strong development teams are metrics-driven — you should be as well. This document details the measurement techniques necessary to drive modern development practices.

Table of Contents

  • Summary of Findings
  • Guidance Context
    • Problem Statement
    • Guidance Applicability
  • The Gartner Approach
  • The Guidance Framework
    • Prework
      • Understand the Importance of Metrics
    • Collect Your Metrics
      • Step 1: Assess Your Project's Business Value and Risk Tolerance Levels
      • Step 2: Assess Your Culture
      • Step 3: Assess Your Processes
      • Step 4: Assess Your Supportive Infrastructure
      • Step 5: Assess Your Architecture Design Maturity
      • Step 6: Assess Your Development and Test Maturity
    • Follow-Up
      • Establish a Baseline
      • Select a Pilot Project and Initiative
  • Risks and Pitfalls
    • Teams Don't Properly Define Metrics
    • Teams Cherry Pick or Avoid Metrics
    • Teams Don't Analyze Metrics Properly
    • Teams Don't Periodically Re-establish Baselines
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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