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Software Development Benchmarks
Are you building an elite engineering team?

How does your Team Compare ?

Elite

Average

Needs Focus

Improvement

Innovation Allocation

How much of your team’s time is devoted to innovation: new features, roadmap, the work that moves the business forward?

45%+

Team Hours

20-44%

Team Hours

<20%

Team Hours

+29%

Issue Cycle Time

How much time elapses between the start and the resolution of work for a single issue on average? What is the tempo of your development process?

<7.7

Days

7.7-14.9

Days

15+

Days

-23%

Deployment Frequency

How frequently are changes deployed to production? This is a key DORA metric for measuring the strength of a continuous delivery pipeline.

1+

Day

1+

Week

<1

Week

+18%

Coding Days

How many days per week does each person commit code on average? Coding days can be a great representation of how focused a team is.

2.2+

Days

1.3-2.1

Days

<1.3

Days

+8%

Issues Resolved

How many issues did the team resolve? What is the volume of work the team is accomplishing?

2.3+

Issues/Week

1.2-2.2

Issues/Week

<1.2

Issues/Week

+14%

PR Reviews

What was the total number of reviews on Pull Requests during a given time period? This metric is one measure of how engaged an engineer is.

2.8+

Reviews/Week

0.9-2.7

Reviews/Week

<0.9

Reviews/Week

+9%

Planning Accuracy

What is the ratio of planned work vs. total work delivered? How well can the team plan, and how predictable is the team’s execution?

88%+

Accuracy

58-87%

Accuracy

<58%

Accuracy

+13%

Innovation Allocation

How much of your team’s time is devoted to innovation: new features, roadmap, the work that moves the business forward?

Elite

45%+

Team Hours

Average

20-44%

Team Hours

Needs Focus

<20%

Team Hours

Improvement

+29%

Issue Cycle Time

How much time elapses between the start and the resolution of work for a single issue on average? What is the tempo of your development process?

Elite

<7.7

Days

Average

7.7-14.9

Days

Needs Focus

15+

Days

Improvement

-23%

Deployment Frequency

How frequently are changes deployed to production? This is a key DORA metric for measuring the strength of a continuous delivery pipeline.

Elite

1+

Day

Average

1+

Week

Needs Focus

<1

Week

Improvement

+18%

Coding Days

How many days per week does each person commit code on average? Coding days can be a great representation of how focused a team is.

Elite

2.2+

Days

Average

1.3-2.1

Days

Needs Focus

<1.3

Days

Improvement

+8%

Issues Resolved

How many issues did the team resolve? What is the volume of work the team is accomplishing?

Elite

2.3+

Issues/Week

Average

1.2-2.2

Issues/Week

Needs Focus

<1.2

Issues/Week

Improvement

+14%

PR Reviews

What was the total number of reviews on Pull Requests during a given time period? This metric is one measure of how engaged an engineer is.

Elite

2.8+

Reviews/Week

Average

0.9-2.7

Reviews/Week

Needs Focus

<0.9

Reviews/Week

Improvement

+9%

Planning Accuracy

What is the ratio of planned work vs. total work delivered? How well can the team plan, and how predictable is the team’s execution?

Elite

88%+

Accuracy

Average

58-87%

Accuracy

Needs Focus

<58%

Accuracy

Improvement

+13%

Based on data from 23,502 engineers and 3579 teams.

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