Engineering Productivity: Measure What Matters

Driving business outcomes on the company level

Let’s take a look at a recent study, the book Accelerate and to what conclusions Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim arrived after four years of research. They identified the following key performance indicators of high performing engineering organizations: lead time, deployment frequency, mean time to restore and change-fail percentage. Let’s take a look at them, one by one.

Team health metrics

I believe that candid and compassionate feedback is central to a cohesive, high-functioning team. Managers, whether they are front-line managers or above, play a crucial role in creating a feedback culture: a culture where every employee feels safe and comfortable providing feedback to other members of the team, or of that of the broader organization.

  • “My manager proactively solicits feedback.”
  • “My manager creates a safe environment, built on trust and respect.”
  • “I can communicate openly with my manager and my team about our work, even when I disagree.”
  • “My manager learns from mistakes.”
  • “My manager acts on the feedback they receive.”
  • “My manager communicates how our team contributes to the company’s overall mission.”

Competencies for individuals

So far, we’ve covered what productivity metrics may look like on the company and team level: let’s take a look at how productivity can be measured on the individual level.

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Gergely Nemeth

Gergely Nemeth

Engineering Manager | Built @RisingStack, @GodaddyOSS @BaseWebReact | Find me at https://nemethgergely.com