Engineering Metrics for big teams

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·Jan 27, 2023·

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Table of contents

  • Introduction
  • The Top-Down View: Organization-Level Engineering Metrics
  • Why Look at the Organization-Level Engineering Metrics?
  • The Mid-Level View: Team-Level Engineering Metrics
  • The Ground-Level View: Repository-Level Engineering Metrics


Are you a CTO or VP of Software Engineering looking to gain insights into your software development pipeline? Or a Dev Manager or Lead trying to optimize your workflow and remove blockers? Look no further than Foyer, the smart analytics platform that offers all kinds of engineering metrics for your pipeline. No matter how you want to slice and dice your data, Foyer has you covered.

Whether you're a CTO looking at the big picture or a developer lead drilling down into the details, Foyer can provide the insights you need to improve your delivery process and identify bottlenecks in your system.

But with so much data available, it's important to have the right views into your data to make it actionable. That's why Foyer lets you create custom views for different levels of your organization and your code. In this blog, we'll explore the three most interesting views: organization-level engineering metrics, team-level engineering metrics, and repository-level engineering metrics.

The Top-Down View: Organization-Level Engineering Metrics

At the highest level, Foyer gives you an organization-level view of your engineering metrics, which rolls up everything that every developer on all your teams is working on into a single view. As an executive, you need to make sure your team's efforts are aligned with business goals and that you're doing everything in your power to ensure the success of crucial projects. By viewing things from the top, you'll be able to get the proper glimpse into what and how your development team is doing.

With this view, you can see how well your team is delivering value, track your investment in different projects, and get a sense of your overall DORA metrics (Delivery, Lead Time, Deployment Frequency, and Change Failure Rate). You can also use the project view to see exactly what projects your team is working on and the high-level status of each.

Why Look at the Organization-Level Engineering Metrics?

The organization-level engineering metrics view can get an executive summary of things like Cycle Time, Work Breakdown, and your Investment Profile for CTOs or VP of Engineering. They can get a high-level view that answers questions like:

  • What is the team working on?

  • How fast are we delivering that value?

  • Where is our investment going?

  • What do my DORA metrics look like?

Organization-level Cycle Time can tell you how well the team is delivering value. A lower cycle time means more value is arriving in the customer's hands sooner. It also means that you're breaking your work into smaller, more manageable chunks, thus encouraging good Code Review practices.

The Mid-Level View: Team-Level Engineering Metrics

While executives need a top-down view of their software development team's metrics, dev managers and dev leads are more interested in day-to-day metrics that track the progress of their specific development pipelines. They want to remove workflow blockers, set goals for workflow optimization, and keep code (and value) flowing through the pipeline.

Foyer's team-level engineering metrics view gives these individuals the tools they need to do just that. They can see how their team's cycle time, work breakdown, and investment profile are progressing, and identify areas where they need to take action. For example, if they notice that coding time is a bottleneck, they can work to address the issue and improve their team's efficiency.

The Ground-Level View: Repository-Level Engineering Metrics

Finally, Foyer's repository-level engineering metrics view is designed for individual developers. This view gives them a way to see how their own code is affecting the development pipeline and identify areas where they can improve their own workflow. They can see how long it takes for their code to be reviewed, how long it takes to go from review to deploy, and how often their code is causing failures.

By looking at these metrics at the repository level, developers can get a better understanding of their contributions and work to improve their efficiency and impact on the team. This can help them identify and fix issues before they become bigger problems, and contribute more value to the overall development process.

In conclusion, Foyer's engineering metrics views offer something for everyone, from executives looking at the big picture to individual developers drilling down into the details. No matter what level you're working at, Foyer has the tools you need to gain insights into your software development process and improve your workflow.

With foyer you can align business priorities, optimize workflow, and make data-driven decisions to deliver value to customers faster. Try it out today and see the difference it can make for your team!

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