Another relevant metric is cycle time, which is the time a team spends working on an item until it is ready for shipment. In the development world, cycle time is the time from when developers make a commit to the moment it's deployed to production. This key DevOps metric helps project leads and engineering managers better understand what works well in the development pipeline. As a result, they can better align their work with the expectations of stakeholders and customers, ensuring their team's ship faster.
Cycle time reports allow project leads to establish a baseline for the development pipeline that can be used to evaluate future processes. When teams optimize for cycle time, developers typically have less work in progress and fewer inefficient workflows.
In Lean product management, there is a focus on value stream mapping , which is a visualization of the flow from product or feature concept to delivery. DevOps metrics provide many of the essential data points for effective value stream mapping and management but should be enhanced with other business and product metrics for a true end-to-end evaluation. For example, sprint burndown charts give insight into the efficacy of estimation and planning processes, while a Net Promoter Score indicates whether the final deliverable meets customers’ needs.