Gartner Research

Measuring Developer Productivity

Published: 26 March 2018

ID: G00370258

Analyst(s): Consult the Board Research Team


This summary contains input from twenty-nine members regarding how they measure developer productivity and project success as their IT organizations move toward more flexible, agile modes of delivery. We begin this summary by examining the frameworks, methodologies, and practices that members leverage to transition to iterative, agile modes of delivery and the level of maturity achieved in carrying out these practices. Next, we deep dive on metrics and KPIs members use to measure developer productivity on agile teams and how these differ from metrics used on traditional, waterfall teams. From there, we explore the approach and mechanisms members use to tie productivity back to business value and revenue generation. We close the summary by examining the challenges members face and the change in approach they expect in the future to measure developer productivity for iterative, agile initiatives.

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